Apollo Quartz work surfaces are made from 93% quartz and the remaining 7% polymer resin. Apollo Quartz has the look and feel of granite but provides a much more consistent and solid colour for your kitchen worktop, without the need for periodic sealing or polishing. Apollo Quartz worktops are an engineered stone that is both beautiful and elegant with attributes of natural stone with enhanced colours and impact including mirror flecks, natural stone appearances and modern concrete colour options.
Apollo Quartz Styles
ⱴ – Product contains natural veining, and so results may vary.
About Apollo Quartz Worktops
Quartz has been a leading choice for worktops for many years, favoured for the complex range of styles and finishes available, and it's hard-wearing durability.
Features of Quartz
- Wide selection of attractive and modern styles to choose from
- Strong & Durable work surface
- Scratch resistant worktops
- Easy to clean & maintain
- Non-porous & hygienic
- Stain & heat resistant
- Crystalline quartz appearance
- Uniform in colour and thickness
In addition, all of our Apollo Quartz range of products come with a 10 year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.
Quartz Worktop Appearance
Apollo® Quartz is manufactured on a continual processing line. Each mixed batch only produces around 150 – 200 slabs so colour can vary slightly between batches.
Since Apollo® Quartz is manufactured from natural quartz, variations in the colour, shape and pattern of the stone may occur and unique characteristics are to be expected with this product. Such variation does not affect the products performance in any manner. Samples are only a representative and are not an exact replication of what will be installed.
In some cases, areas of ‘milkiness’ and swirls can be evident. This could arise from natural variation in the colour of the quartz stone itself, a pigment drip or foreign material.
Plain colours are easier to manufacture but harder to keep uncontaminated during manufacture e.g. light colours may have small dark spots, darker colours may appear patchy with lighter spots.
Pinprick ‘pitting’ of the surface is a common feature of engineered (quartz) stone and arises from release of air / gas during the manufacture process.
In addition, variations in shade, the density of coloured features and veining or areas of contrast are all common within veined Quartz, occasionally this can be quite dramatic in both veining and colour groups, within each worktop and between worktops in a kitchen.
Crushed Mirror Flecks
On products containing crushed mirror, the material is vibrated to bring the mirror flecks to the surface and remove any air – it is not possible for all mirror flecks to be facing towards the surface and it is common to find very small air holes in the slabs. The mirror flecks can also become detached creating small voids, these can sometimes be repaired using resin filler.
All above are inherent in the manufacturing process of engineered stone and are not considered defective.
Please note that concrete colours require more maintenance than other Quartz styles.
For more information, visit the Natural Products subsection of our website.
Quartz Worktop Edge Details
Sheridan Apollo Quartz worktops come with a double bevel finish as standard, though this is only one of a range of finishes that can be completed by our team of specialised technicians, some of which can be completely transformative to the final appearance of your worktop.
While Double Bevel Edge is included in the linear metre price of a worktop, please note that all other edges will carry an additional charge.
Imperial, Full Bullnose, Single Ovolo, Milano & Venetian require a scribed joint.
Birds Beak, Milano and Venetian edges are only available in 20/20mm.
Please contact our sales team to ask about our exclusive "Deeper Downturn" manufacturing capabilities, offering from 60-100mm downturns in a limited range of colours.
Quartz Worktop Return ends
Internal profile edges on double and single radius edge details other than bevelled edges must have a radius of at least 60mm. Bevel edges don't have this constraint as they are hand finished.
The normal joint for these materials will be a standard Butt Joint ending with a 5mm overhang, with additional options of Flush Fitting Butt joints, or a Flush Fitting Mitred Joint.
Quartz Worktop Upstands
Upstands refer to an engineered 'back wall' of a worktop, cut from the same style of worktop, and the same batch where possible. For products with excessive variation (for example, the Lyskam range), strong patterns will not have direct continuation onto this upstand section, though we will endeavor to provide worktops with a close match.
As standard, we offer upstands in 100mm, and 60mm (as below, respectively).
Quartz Worktop Cutouts
From our manufacturing facilities, we are able to produce worktop cutouts to high standards with minimal lead times. Our team of specialist machining and hand-tooling technicians work around the clock to produce hundreds of tailored quartz worktops every month.
When deciding on the layout of your cutouts, please bear the following in mind:-
- A minimum of 120mm is required between two hob cutouts
- A minimum of 50mm from the cutout to the front edge is required
- A minimum of 70mm is required between sink cutouts.
Quartz Worktop Drainer Grooves
Drainers are ideal for undermount sinks, allowing your chosen worktop style to transition fluidly into a dedicated functional surface.
Recessed Drainers provide an ingressed worktop section, which is lower than the standard surface. This localises drips and spills into an isolated area, directing any overspill neatly into the basin.
5 Groove Drainers by contrast have five channels, which direct liquid flow towards the basin. These have the distinct advantage of being compatible with heat protection rods, which allows hot crockery to be removed from the hob without damaging the worktop.
Stainless Sinks for Quartz Worktops
We supply stainless sinks which can be delivered and installed with our worktops ready for plumbing.
Quartz Worktop Jointing Options
Typically, a quartz worktop will be joined together with a Butt-Corner Joint for simplicity, material economy, and cost savings. The high precision of our cutting process ensures this join is as seamless as possible.
For more advanced edge details, such as Imperial, Bullnose, Ovolo, Milano & Venetian, a Scribed Corner Joint will be necessary. This ensures that the edge detail can be continued around the corner, as the inside corner produced allows both worktop segments to meet along the same 45 degree vertex.
Quartz Worktop Care & Maintenance
When we at Sheridan supply a worktop, we include with every order our Care & Maintenance kit which includes everything you need to keep your worktop in first class condition. Follow the instructions within for a trouble free, great looking worktop.
Our detailed care & maintenance brochure can be downloaded online by clicking here.
For additional care kit supplies, please contact our sales team.
Quartz Worktop Technical Specifications
Apollo® Quartz is made from 93% quartz with the remaining 7% polymer binder.
- Complete with polished finish.
- Ideal for vanity tops, worksurfaces, cladding etc.
- Extremely hard, 7 on the ‘Moh’s Hardness scale’.
- The quartz used coupled with highperformance, stain resistant polymers results in a durable, non-porous, chemical resistant surface.
- Apollo® Quartz keeps its lustrous gloss and ultra-smooth surface without polishing. Because it is non-porous, it does not require sealants or waxes.
Apollo® Quartz joints are finished with a small ariss to the top edge. Silicone sealant is applied to prevent water ingression.
Tolerance in Apollo® Quartz is ±2mm
Due to thermal expansion Apollo® Quartz can expand up to 1mm per metre. A gap of at least 3mm should be left at each end of the worktop when fitted and filled with decorators caulk. When Apollo® Quartz is joined to other materials (such as glass, steel or wood) an elastic type of adhesive, for example polyurethane, is required for expansion.
Overhangs and supports
Any overhang extending more than 300mm must be supported.
Hob & Sink cutouts
- A minimum of 120mm is required between two hob cutout.
- A minimum of 100mm is required between hob and sink cutouts.
- A minimum of 50mm is required between two sink cutouts.
- Sink cutouts are placed a minimum 50mm from the worktop front edge.
Internal profile edges on all edge detail other than bevel edge must have a radius of at least 60mm. Bevel edges don’t have this constraint as they are hand finished.
Upstands should ideally be 100mm high, as material less than this height is extremely fragile. Upstands are not normally cut from the same slab as the worksurfaces, therefore an exact colour match is not possible.
Apollo® Quartz upstands are straight and rigid, gaps will be visible where there are variations in the wall profile. Plastering or tiling should ideally be completed after the worksurface installation.
Apollo® Quartz is scratch resistant but not scratch proof. Small scratches less than 25mm in length are considered within tolerance by the manufacturer and are considered acceptable.
Stainless Steel Sinks
Please specify the preferred undermounting of Stainless Steel Sinks. Silicone sealant may be rendered ineffective when plumbing the sink in, it is important that the sink is re-sealed by the plumber, or the 12 months guarantee will be invalid if the work is not carried out.
If a waste disposal unit is fitted to an undermounted sink after installation, additional support will be required, otherwise your warranty may be invalidated.
For installations you will need to supply additional labour on orders which have worktops weighing above 150kg. Every additional 75kg requires an extra person to assist with lifting.
Size of ‘scant’ or ‘slab’, is a major factor in selecting the maximum usable length of a work surface. Approximately 3m x 1.3m is the largest work surface we are able to manufacture, this may be drastically reduced if you require a cutout.
Due to the weight of Apollo® Quartz, please ensure that your units are level and securely fixed.