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A Quick and Low-Budget Kitchen Renovation With Quartz Counter Overlays


Glenis spends a lot of time in her kitchen. When the worktops were looking tired, her minimum-disruption solution was quartz overlays.

Quartz kitchen counter overlays are a quick, reasonably priced solution to shabby worktops; and they give a high-quality uplift to any kitchen. Unwilling to face the mess and disruption of having worktops and tiles ripped out and replaced, I decided that the best, least messy option was quartz worktop overlays. One of my friends was so impressed by the worktops and the mess-free installation that she immediately placed an order for her own kitchen.

Read on to find out how my kitchen was given a fresh new look within the space of a few hours.

Advantages of Quartz Worktop Overlays

  • It's not necessary to rip out the existing worktops.
  • Tiling is not damaged and does not need to be replaced.
  • Installed within a couple of hours.
  • Very little dust and no redecorating necessary.
  • Quartz is extremely hard and difficult to chip.
  • In the unlikely event that there is a chip it can be repaired.
  • Nonporous, stain resistant, and hygienic.
  • Can be wiped down with water to which a little washing up liquid has been added.
  • More cost-effective than replacing laminated counter with a solid granite or stone worktop.
  • Lighter than solid granite of stone, so it's unnecessary to brace cupboards.

Schedule of Work to Install Quartz Kitchen Counter Overlays

  • A fitter made a preliminary visit to take measurements in my kitchen.
  • He made a thick card template, and discussed choice of pattern from a wide range of quartz samples, and choice of kitchen sink and taps.
  • Two weeks later two fitters arrived to carry out the work.
  • A specialist gas fitter was called in to disconnect and remove the oven hob before the work started.
  • Within a few hours the fitters had installed a replacement kitchen sink, constructed a small extension to the kitchen counter, and laid 7-millimetre made-to-measure worktops.
  • The gas fitter returned to replace the gas hob after the worktops had been fitted
  • A quick clean of the kitchen and the worktops were ready for immediate use.

Worktop Extension for Quartz Overlay and Housing for a Narrow Dishwasher

I wanted counter space was required in my kitchen, so the installation team extended an existing worktop. They built a sub-frame, attached it to the end of the worktop, and added an end panel. There was just enough space to slide a narrow, 18-inch dishwasher underneath the extension.

Cost of Quartz Overlays

Shop around and get three quotations for your project. A small start-up business carried out the work for this project. My kitchen is small.The project cost £1628 (2016) for a short extension to a worktop, counter overlays, the fee for a gas fitter to remove and replace a gas hob, and a composite Franke sink and taps.

What Is Quartz?

Quartz is the most abundant mineral in the earth's crust.

Quartz slabs that are used for worktops are manufactured goods containing polymers and resins. The composition of the slabs makes them extremely hard and durable.

To learn more, consider reading the Forbes article Quartz vs. Granite Countertops—A Geologist's Perspective.

Are Quartz Worktop Overlays Durable?

5 years after installation these worktops are as good as new. They are extremely easy to clean, needing only a quick wipe down with a solution of washing up liquid.

Minor Issues with Quartz Worktops

  1. Quartz worktops are slippery, which makes them unsafe to use as a chopping surface.
  2. Some appliances placed on the worktop may have a tendency to slide. For example, my freestanding microwave oven slips on the worktop so I have placed a non-slip pad underneath it.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: Can quartz worktops go over tile?

Answer: I checked my supplier’s website, and it states that quartz worktops can cover any work surface, provided that the surface is sound.

© 2016 Glen Rix

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