Acrylic is applauded for its easy maintenance, its visual appeal and total practicality.
More specifically, it is nonporous, stain resistant, smooth, seamless, impact resistant and shock absorbent.
Acrylic’s design versatility allows a variety of customised options. It can incorporate interesting curves, shapes, decorative edges and inlays as well as meeting functional requirements such as drainage channels.
Also the installation process was carried out the way it had always been done and in our view the installation joins were unsightly and detracted from the overall appearance.
Engineered Stone versus Acrylic
Quartz countertops are extremely hard surfaces. Quartz scores seven on the Mohs hardness scale for minerals. By comparison, a diamond rates 10. This means mild soap and warm water keeps a quartz surface clean. Acrylic countertops are also hard surfaces that resist bacterial growth. They are not as hard as quartz surfaces, and can scratch, dent and scrape.
However, Acrylic tops are fairly easy to repair. Scratches can be buffed by hand or with a handheld rotary tool fitted with a polishing accessory, and small burns can be sanded away with fine-grit abrasive paper or a sanding accessory. The solid color and material go all the way through the surface.
Quartz has an advantage over acrylic in handling low levels of heat.
Although you would not put hot pans straight out of the oven on to a quartz countertop as you can damage it, it will handle more heat than an Acrylic top. Acrylic countertops, by contrast, melt and discolor under high heat — damage that cannot be repaired.
The timeless beauty of granite. Its unique colours and depth will be the centre showpiece of your spectacular kitchen.