Glenis spends a lot of time in her kitchen. When the worktops were looking tired, her minimum-disruption solution was quartz overlays.
Minimum Mess Fixes for a Shabby Kitchen
I needed a fast, budget-price kitchen makeover—mostly to replace shabby counters. Unwilling to face the mess and disruption of having the worktops and tiles ripped out and replaced, I decided that the best, least messy option was quartz worktop overlays. Read on to find out how my kitchen was given a fresh new look within the space of a few hours.
Quartz Kitchen Counter Overlays Can be Fitted in a Few Hours
I was astonished by how quickly my quartz counter overlays were installed. Two fitters installed a replacement kitchen sink and 7-millimetre made-to-measure worktops in less than one day, with minimum disruption.
Cost of Quartz Overlays
I employed a small start-up business to carry out the work. My overlays cost £1628, which included the Franke sink and taps and the fee for a gas fitter to disconnect and reconnect the gas hob, which was necessary to remove before installing the worktops.
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.
Worktop Extension for Quartz Overlay
I wanted to create more counter space in the kitchen, so I asked my installer to extend an existing worktop. The fitters built a sub-frame, attached it to the end of my worktop, and added an end panel. There was just enough space to slide a narrow, 18-inch dishwasher underneath the extension. A narrow dishwasher is quite difficult to source but fortunately, Bosch, my preferred manufacturer of white goods, makes one.
Replacing Worn Cupboard Plinths
I purchased new plinths online from a DIY store, and they were delivered the following day. In the meantime, I contacted a joiner who had done work for me in the past, and he was able to come along and fit them.
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 - a Review
Four years after installation, my 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. I couldn't be more pleased with this renovation on a limited budget.
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