Posted 21 February 2016 - 06:46 PM
Currently just trying to make a decision on what worktop to go for. At first we was set on Quartz but have since been introduced to an acrylic based material which is man made. We like the idea that all the upstand and sink etc can be moulded to look like one. Does anyone have any thoughts to share on this?
Posted 21 February 2016 - 06:54 PM
Acrylic based worktops (Corian etc) have 2 fundamental problems - poor heat and scratch resistance, but both repairable.
The coved upstands, moulded sink etc will serve to push the price up so generally corian is a more expensive product than quartz.
If you want a durable fit and forget worktop with minimal maintenance then I would always recommend quartz. If you go with Corian. just make sure you find a good fabricator. Most of the fabricator is manual labour so you want someone who knows what they are doing.
Posted 21 February 2016 - 07:01 PM
Posted 21 February 2016 - 08:16 PM
I currently have granite, I have noticed that it has some pitting in places and I can see where it has been filled. But it looks good and natural and is cheaper than quartz. It is probably slightly more heat resistant than quartz.
I am going for quartz in my next house. Silestone (quartz) is available in 3m and in some cases 3.2m finished lengths. Thus you can have a longer run without a join than granite which is hard to get above 2.8m. The colour is more consistent than granite and some unusual colours are available, however, granite may have a more interesting and natural look to it. I am going for Silestone to have a 3m island with no joins.
I absolutely would never have an acrylic kitchen sink (bathroom is fine). People are very used to the ability to put hot pots straight from the hob to the sink and I would be terrified that they damaged it. You can have Silestone sinks to match the worktops, but they are expensive, eventually I decided that good old stainless steel is the least hassle option for a sink. Personally I think the totally moulded look with acrylic is a bit fake.
I do like an undermounted sink, much easier to wipe water and crumbs into it.
So all depends on what your priorities are. If you hate joins acrylic may be the best, the cheaper option is probably granite but you may prefer the designs in the quartz.
Edited by AliG, 21 February 2016 - 08:18 PM.
Posted 21 February 2016 - 09:20 PM
I'm not convinced by a lot of the newer composite products as although they can be repaired they never look the same.
Posted 22 February 2016 - 01:38 AM
Or just possibly stainless steel.
Posted 22 February 2016 - 04:11 AM
94% Quartz, the binder can be burnt like Corian can
Posted 22 February 2016 - 08:32 AM
Edit: added clarifying comments in brackets
Edited by jayroc2k, 22 February 2016 - 11:27 AM.
Posted 22 February 2016 - 09:11 AM
Posted 22 February 2016 - 04:16 PM
Posted 22 February 2016 - 04:21 PM
There's so much more usable space in a 400x400 square sink than a traditional design. You can actually get oven trays IN the sink.
Posted 22 February 2016 - 05:30 PM
Daiking, i went as far as to measure the shelves in our oven at 46.5cm and want my next sink to be wider than this. We have a one and a half bowl sink squeezed into a 600mm base cabinet at the moment and it is as good as useless.
I would also thoroughly recommend a waste disposal, no storing rotting food for recycling for me. I don't know why they aren't more prevalent. It may be that people were put off by the unreliability of earlier models.