- Choosing the right kitchen splashback: Glass splashbacks (Part 1)
- Choosing the right kitchen splashback: The Mirror splashback (Part 2)
- Choosing the right kitchen splashback: Corian® and Quartz kitchen upstands and splashbacks (Part 3)
- Choosing the right kitchen splashback: Porcelain and ceramic tiled splashbacks (Part 4)
- Choosing the right kitchen splashback: Granite splashbacks and upstands (Part 5)
Materials such as Quartz and Corian® are typically, and more often, used for kitchen worktops than splashbacks. But they can be used as splashbacks, covering the area immediately behind a hob, rather than the entirety of a wall. Alternatively, quarz and Corian® can be incorporated as kitchen upstands. Kitchen upstands line the worktop where it meets the wall, and are usually only 100mm high.
Whilst the material for both backsplash and worktop is the same, the thickness is usually different. This is typically a thickness of 12mm for a Corian splashback, and 20mm for a quartz splashback. Yet worktops can be any thickness from a minimum of 12mm within either quartz or Corian®.
People mainly choose these materials for a kitchen splashback to protect their walls, but without introducing a different colour from their worktop. This makes it an ideal choice if you are looking to blend your worktop and splashback for a seamless kitchen look. Yet this also means if you are a homeowner seeking a splashback with ‘wow factor’, quartz or Corian® is highly unlikely to be the right choice for you!
Quartz and Corian® kitchen upstands & splashbacks:
Quartz is a man-made composite, an engineered stone produced from approximately 90% ground quartz and 8-10% polymers. It is a popular option for worktops, whereas only 10% of clients at LWK Kitchens also choose quartz for their splashback. Not too dissimilar, Corian® is another type of solid surface material. Corian® is the brand name for a composite engineered from natural materials and pure acrylic polymer. This combination produces a stone-hard surface. As with Quartz, it is more often used for worktops and kitchen upstands than full splashbacks, and again has both advantages and disadvantages of including it within a design:
The Comparable Properties of Quartz and Corian® for worktops, splashbacks and kitchen upstands
|Quartz is non-porous so stain-proof, easy to clean and hygienic.||Corian® is non-porous so stain-proof, easy to clean and hygienic (This is more so than quartz and for such reasons is used in doctors and dental surgeries).|
|Quartz is scratch resistant||Corian® can scratch.|
|Heat resistance further enhances its durability so you can have quartz splashbacks or kitchen upstands behind a hob.||Corian® is not heat resistant. This means you cannot have it behind a gas hob|
|It is a very affordable option, and less costly than Corian®||Corian® is still affordable but more expensive than Quartz.|
|Can be cut, shaped, polished and drilled to suit individual taste.||Can be cut, shaped, polished and drilled to suit individual taste.|
|It is available in a wide range of different colours.||It is available in a wide range of different colours and a more diverse colour range than quartz.|
|The longest possible length is 3m so you can usually have full sheets without any visible seams.||Corian® can be moulded seamlessly into the worktop. Eg. you can have a seamless continuation of the worktop up the wall into a splashback or upstand.|
|Quartz is unlikely to crack if knocked with a heavy pan.||Corian® is a softer material than quartz so can dent if accidently knocked or banged.|
For further information on quartz and Corian® for worktops, splashbacks or kitchen upstands, please contact us.