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Ultimate Guide for Newbies to Choosing Your Ideal Quartz Table Top In Singapore

30 Dec 2019 by |

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Quartz Table Top in Singapore by Design 4 Space
Quartz Table Top by Design 4 Space

Quartz tabletops are gaining popularity among homeowners. However, there are many options to choose from with the multitude of patterns, brands, and finishes available.

That’s why we created this guide!

Our detailed guide provides you with everything you need to know about quartz. Additionally, it also includes comprehensive comparisons between popular brands and alternative surfaces.

Check out our guide below to learn more!

What is Quartz?

Where can Quartz be used in homes?

Popular Brands of Quartz and a Comparison of the Different Brands

What is Quartz?

Engineered quartz (often referred to as just quartz) shouldn’t be mixed up with Quartzite. The latter is a natural stone while the former is man-made by a combination of ~90% quartz and ~10% resins and pigments.

Quartz is a widely used material in interior design because of its

  • strength: scratch- and dent-resistant
  • durability
  • minimal environmental impact: abundant supply and non-toxic end product
  • huge variety of colours, patterns and textures

While the colours available are mostly neutral shades, innovative brands do offer vibrant and unique options.

Quartz VS Granite Table Top

Granite Kitchen Counter Top in Singapore by Ritchie Creative Design
Granite Kitchen Counter Top by Ritchie Creative Design

Granite is a naturally formed igneous rock with a coarse texture. Like quartz, it’s mostly used for countertops and flooring.

While they both appear similar, there are several differences between a quartz and granite table top.

 QuartzGranite
ColoursMan-made colours;
mostly neutral shades
Natural colours
Heat resistanceAbove averageHigh
Scratch resistanceHighHigh
Chip resistanceAbove averageAverage
Bacteria resistanceHighAverage
Non-porous
(doesn't absorb moisture)
YesYes
Periodic sealingNot requiredRequired

Quartz VS Solid Surface Table Top

Solid Surface Counter Top by Design 4 Space
Solid Surface Kitchen Countertop by Design 4 Space

Apart from Quartz, solid surface is also a popular choice for table tops. This material is extremely versatile as it is made from polyester resin.

If properly manufactured, it’s nearly impossible to differentiate between a solid surface table top and the natural stone it’s supposed to mimic. While this might sound great, solid surfaces are less durable and can be costly to install.

 QuartzSolid Surface
ColoursMan-made colours;
mostly neutral shades
Man-made colours
Heat resistanceAbove averageLow
Scratch resistanceHighAverage
Chip resistanceAbove averageHigh
Bacteria resistanceHighLow
Non-porousYesYes
Periodic sealingNot requiredNot required

Quartz VS KompacPlus Table Top

Kompacplus Kitchen Counter Top By Swiss Interior Design
KompacPlus Kitchen Countertop By Swiss Interior Design

KompacPlus is made using a combination of kraft paper and resin. This innovative material is engineered to strike a balance between sustainability and aesthetics.

It comes in a wide array of designs, the most popular being the ones that mimic the look of wood.

 QuartzKompacPlus
ColoursMan-made colours;
mostly neutral shades
Man-made colours
Heat resistanceAbove averageHigh
Scratch resistanceHighHigh
Chip resistanceHighAbove average
Bacteria resistanceHighHigh
Non-porousYesYes
Periodic sealingNot requiredNot required

Moreover, Quartz (1963) has been around for a lot longer than KompacPlus (2009), affirming their quality.

Where can Quartz be used in homes?

Quartz Kitchen Countertop

Quartz Kitchen Countertop by Renozone Interior Design
Quartz Kitchen Countertop by Renozone Interior Design

Quartz is a popular countertop surface for HDB kitchen designs because it’s

  • easy to clean
  • requires little maintenance

This makes it suitable for those who cook often.

  • non-porous

This means that quartz doesn’t absorb anything, protecting it from discolouration and against damage from cooking oils and liquids.

  • bacteria resistant

This is crucial to maintain good hygiene.

Quartz Kitchen Backsplash

Quartz Kitchen Backsplash by MJS Interior
Quartz Kitchen Backsplash by MJS Interior

While typically used for kitchen countertops, Quartz can also be utilised as a kitchen backsplash.

Homeowners can rest assured knowing that spills, spots, or stains from cooking won’t damage the appearance of the stone.

Quartz Vanity Table Top

Quartz Vanity Counter by Renozone Interior Design
Quartz Vanity Counter by Renozone Interior Design

Quartz is perfect if you’re looking for a durable and functional bathroom vanity top. Its non-porous feature prevents stubborn stains from forming. As a result, you don’t have to worry about cleaning and maintenance.

Quartz TV Console

Quartz TV Console by Promax Design
Quartz TV Console by Promax Design

A quartz tv console is perfect for your living room because of its durability and style, making it a quality investment.

Quartz Shower Ledge

Quartz Shower Ledge by Inspire ID Group
Quartz Shower Ledge by Inspire ID Group

Using quartz for your shower ledge is great because it’s easy to clean. Soap scum and other buildups can be removed effortlessly without using harsh chemicals.

Note: Quartz surfaces can be slippery!

Therefore, installing a quartz surface with a honed finish is ideal in the bathroom. It would’ve been buffed to ensure a smooth, flat, and consistent surface that prevents slipping.

 ArkstoneLian Hin QuartziQuartzCaesarstoneSilestone
No. of Designs2091273351
Country of originChinaSingaporeItalyIsrael, USASpain
TexturePolished- Polished
- Matte
Polished
(consistent and uniform
colour and patterning)
- Rough concrete
- Polished
- Polished
- Suede
- Volcano
Size300 x 140cm160 x 320cm
150 x 300cm
I-series: 300 x 140cm
U-series: 300 x 140cm
D-series: 300 x 140cm
L-series: 320 x 160cm
140 x 300cmStandard: 306 x 140cm

Jumbo: 325 x 159cm
Thickness2cm2cm1.5cm, 2cm1.3cm, 2cm, 3cm1.2cm, 2cm, 3cm
Warranty15 years10 years10 years10 years25 years
Price$$$$$$$
Supplier- Hua Khian
- Stone Amperor
- 78 Degrees
Self-distributeSelf-distribute- Stone Amperor
- 78 Degrees
- Stone Amperor
- Stone Loft

Arkstonez Quartz

Beautiful kitchen island with Quartz table top

Arkstone is one of Singapore’s leading brand of quartz. It’s the perfect marriage of function and form; offering homeowners aesthetics without compromising on its quality.

Their surfaces are also very flexible as they can be cut to fit nearly any space, allowing you to create an extensive range of shapes and designs.

The brand features 2 main collections – the Marble+ Series Quartz and Standard Quartz series.

Caesarstone Quartz

Quartz being used in bathroom surfaces
Caesarstone Quartz

Caesarstone Quartz is known for pushing the design envelope. It pioneered the use of quartz and has been at the forefront of the natural quartz surfaces market since 1987.

Their quartz surfaces are a combination of beauty and exceptional performance; they’re developed using state-of-the-art technology to ensure superior quality while keeping the latest design and colour trends in mind.

  • Concetto collection

Concetto Quartz containing semi-precious stones used in table

Surfaces in Concetto incorporate semi-precious stones like dumortierite and amethyst. This collection features distinctive colours and translucent surfaces, exuding luxury from any interior design piece.

  • Classico collection

This classic collection features multiple colours and textures; ranging from vibrant colours to polished finishes, it’s ideal for a broad range of applications.

  • Supernatural collection

Caesarstone Supernatural used in dining table

Supernatural is one of Caesarstone’s latest collections. It takes inspiration from some of the world’s most beautiful natural stones, featuring earthy tones and intricate veins in its designs.

Lian Hin Quartz

White Quartz kitchen countertop
Quartz Kitchen Countertops by Design 4 Space

Established in 1989, Lian Hin specialises in stone surfaces and prides itself in providing high-quality products.

Currently, there are 3 models of Lian Hin quartz, namely royal, special, and raw.

  • Royal edition

Lian Hin Quartz Royal Edition

This model is designed to mimic the look of marble. It features soft grey veins that mirror those found in many types of marble, creating an elegant look.

  • Special edition

Lian Hin Quartz Special Edition

Apart from marble-inspired surfaces, this model consists of quartz surfaces with unique motifs and intricate designs.

  • Raw edition

Lian Hin Quartz Raw Edition

The raw edition is also designed to look like marble. However, unlike the Royal edition, colours within this model gravitate towards muted whites and grey.

iQuartz

Quartz kitchen countertop by iQuartz

iQuartz is one of the most popular brands in Singapore. The quartz is made using materials of the highest quality. Additionally, their products have also been proven to withstand the test of time.

  • I-series

available colours in iQuartz's i-series

I-series offers homeowners a broad selection of colours, ranging from vibrant hues to darker tones.

  • U-series

colours available in iQuartz U-series

In comparison, this series consists of muted colours and patterned surfaces.

Besides these 2 series, iQuartz also offers D-Series and L-Series for their marble quartz collection.

Silestone Quartz (by Cosentino)

Man reading magazine at a Quartz kitchen countertop

Silestone is the flagship quartz brand of the renowned Italian company Cosentino. It’s made up of 94% quartz and is extremely resilient.

Known for its unique characteristics and properties, the brand has been linked to the highest levels of innovation and modernity.

Choosing the Ideal Quartz Table Top for Your Home

The addition of quartz can add so much dimension and personality into your interior design. However, it can be confusing with its many varieties.

At HomeRenoGuru, we are proud to partner with some of Singapore’s leading interior designers. If you’re still feeling unsure about what to choose, contact them today for more information!

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