I’ve had some interesting discussions this week with a number of people still confused about various issues related to bespoke worktops and I thought this might be a good opportunity to clarify a few things.
Silestone worktops are they different to other quartz worktops?
Silestone worktops are not uniquely classed material as some seem to believe. they are a quartz surface, like others such as Compac, Zodiaq and Caesarstone, and like them Silestone is manufactured on a Breton Machine. It is however the only quartz surface that incorporates an anti-bacterial compound, Microban, within its colour range. Whether this is an advantage is a matter of opinion given that all quartz surfaces are non-porous but there are those who appear attracted by this added specification.
Here at Kitchensfitted you may have noticed we choose only to sell specific ranges of bespoke kitchen worktops and although each have their particular attractions, I’d like to take you through the reasons why we offer only Quartz Worktops and Corian Worktops, the differences between a Corian Worktop and a Quartz Worktop and hope this will assist you when choosing the correct surface for your own work top projects.
The World of Worktops is a place confusion exists and it’s our aim, not just to make solid worktops such as Silestone, Corian, Zodiaq Quartz and Luxore Quartz, more affordable but to explain the differences to kitchen worktop buyers who often don’t have the foggiest which choice is right for them.
I’ve had some interesting conversations this week. The first with a client who had purchased his Corian worktops via a retailer, not an internet retailer but a bricks and mortar showroom. A problem was discovered by the client two years after purchasing the tops and as Corian arrives with a 10 year manufacturers warranty, he attempted to contact the seller to request a call out to determine whether the problem was covered under the warranty. Disappointingly for the client, the retailer had since gone into administration and in his desperation he contacted me to obtain my advice. Unfortunately there was little I could offer other than to inform him that if the issue was a fabrication fault and if the company who installed the Corian were a DuPont approved Network Fabricator, then he should contact Corian UK. I went on to try to discover if indeed the worktop was a Corian Worktop and not some thin “Corian Like worktop”, as some sellers like to define cheaper alternatives.
I keep coming across the term 50 or 60 or 40% off the RRP (Recommended Retail Price) for Corian or Silsetone or Compac and if anyone out there has a definitive list of what the recommended retail prices are I’d be grateful if you’d send it across to me. Truth is in reality there is no such thing other than a fabricated, unseen cost that’s designed to think you are getting a bargain with an everlasting promotional offer.
I often get asked why we only sell Corian and Quartz worktops at TFI. It’s an easy one for me to answer – because our phone never rings with issues that are more associated with other inferior surfaces that are prevalent on a host of other internet worktop websites. Before we offer any surface we undertake long research into it’s make up, the price and the manufacturers faith in the product – let’s face it, if you offer a 5yr manufacturing defect guarantee on a bespoke surface, why wouldn’t you opt for a laminate offering the same.
People also ask – are we fabricators and do we have a showroom. The answer is no, although we can arrange for anyone to visit our fabricators showroom, but what we are able to achieve through working alongside a collaborative partner offering our visitors the best surfaces available is the following
Just to alert all our visitors to the new range of Quartz worktops we now offer giving you a greater range of colours to choose from. Of all the quartz ranges we offer, I have to say that the Compac range of worktop colours is very impressive and a little different from most others. A number of the colours on offer, such as Apple, Lime and Orange, are contemporary, vibrant and a with very subtle mirror flecks unlike the very evident fragments of other ranges although these too form a part of the collection with the firm favourite “Sparkly Black” offered and titled “Azabache”..
The distinct differences between Quartz and Solid Surfaces are:
- Quartz Surfaces have a sheen finish unless honed and Solid Surfaces are a matt finish.
- Quartz surfaces have a greater heat resistance than Solid Surfaces but trivets or protection boards should be used on all surfaces and hot items should never be placed directly on any surface – Don’t listen to a salesperson who tells you otherwise.
- Quality Solid Surfaces can only truly be defined as those of greater thickness such as Corian, HiMacs and Staron bespoke and Swanstone bespoke. There are of course others but those surfaces of less than 3mm are not, by any stretch of the imagination, in the same league and you will never witness these surfaces for sale here on kitchensfitted.co.uk
- Solid Surfaces are more versatile when it comes to shaping and curves and there are very few limits on any style of design
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I have become more aware of late that people who call us to ask about worktops really have little idea of the differences and about who they should purchase them from.
In an effort to explain how we work, what our agenda is and what people should be sceptical of when considering purchasing a worktop, I’ve written this latest blog to assist you.
We’re fortunate enough to overlook the Bridgewater Canal here at our offices in Manchester and one of the aspects that make the scenery all the more worthwhile is the flow of narrow boats that meander through the locks down to Castlefield.
To city folk like myself, these boats are a delightful addition to the city landscape and I was cheered to see that TV’s Coronation Street have included one in their storyline. Having declared myself a big fan (although just to look at, having never been on one in my life!) you can imagine our pleasure when one of these Great British icons played a part in raising our varied profile a kitchensfitted.co.uk.