Quartz is nowadays one of the most popular materials for both kitchens and bathrooms, while Neolith has been less known stone with great abilities. Quartz is an engineered stone, made as a combination of 93% natural quartz and 7% resins, while Neolith is a sintered stone. Both materials have their pros and cons, so continue reading to find out about them.
1. The process
Quartz stone worktops are made of natural quartz, resin and polymers. During the manufacturing process, the pigments are also added to change its colour. Neolith is made in the sintered process, which involves intense heat and pressure to bind the elements. This process eliminates the need for any resins or polymers.
2. They are both waterproof
They both have a level of liquid absorption that is almost 0. That means no liquids will be able to leave a stain on your worktops. Even the most persistent ones like coffee or wine will not stand a chance against them.
3. Neolith is UV resistant
Neolith is resistant to UV rays and its colour will not fade during the constant sun exposure. Quartz is, however, UV unstable and it is not the best option if you are planning on using it outdoors.
Quartz is one of the toughest stones in nature and its worktops are naturally the same. Neolith is also very durable, but it is not as resistant to high pressure as quartz. However, both should handle if you accidentally drop something on them.
Neolith’s resistance to scratches depends on its finish- polished finishes can show marks if you cut directly on them. However, you will not have the same problem with other finishes, such as matte or satin. Quartz is also highly resistant to scratching and even cutting directly on your worktops will not damage them.
6. The weight
Quartz is much heavier then Neolith worktops and some cabinets may require additional structural support. Neolith is so light that you can even install it on top of other surfaces without the need to demolish them. Just beware that you’ll need to use the thinnest slabs for that.
7. The cleaning
The cleaning is easy with both, as they have a non-porous surface. All you’ll need for cleaning are mild soap and water. Just make some soapy water and wipe your worktops with a soft cloth. Remove the residue with a clean, damped cloth.
8. Heat resistance
Both will handle average kitchen temperatures without melting or breaking. If you don’t have on hand a mat, you can postpone a still-hot pan, but daily, we still recommend using mats and trivets.
Neolith and quartz have similar characteristic and you should choose one according to the colour choice. They are both excellent choices for both bathroom and kitchen worktops, so we advise choosing one according to your budget and colour preference.