Choosing the right material for your new kitchen worktops
Stone counter tops make beautiful, durable and very practical features in any kitchen. But stone is just a term for several varieties of surfaces, and once you start looking for the perfect worktop for your kitchen, it can be tricky to decide if marble, granite, quartz are the right material for you. To help you out, here are some of the characteristics, and pros and cons of different stone countertops.
Most people will agree that marble worktops look incredibly elegant, beautiful and glamorous. This stone is a popular choice in many traditional kitchens, as people love it for its shine, and characteristic veins. Unfortunately, marble is also a relatively soft and porous material, and can stain and mark very easily. Extreme heat can also damage a marble worktop and hot pots and pans should never rest on a marble worktops. Even when marble is sealed to avoid stains, and maintained carefully, it is not an ideal material for a kitchen surface, where damage is usually inevitable. This stone is much better suited for aesthetic applications, such as a feature wall, vanities, and staircases. A marble reception desk in a hotel or business can make an extremely stylish impression.
Every cut of granite is unique, beautiful and strong – it is no wonder that this is one of the most popular materials for kitchen worktops. Granite is a completely natural, igneous rock, which was formed by hot volcanic action and then slowly cooled over time. This stone, which is known for its ‘salt and pepper’ appearance, is very hard wearing and can tolerate extreme temperatures well. Granite doesn’t have many disadvantages, but it can stain, and requires a professional sealant and some maintenance to keep it looking as good as new. Granite is available in a variety of colours, of which white granite and black granite worktops are the most popular.
Quartz kitchen worktops are becoming increasingly more popular in modern kitchens. Not only is quartz incredibly beautiful, it is also one of the hardest minerals found in nature. Quartz countertops are manufactured from a combination of crushed, natural quartz and small amounts of pigment and resin. This blend results in a slab that is stylish and uncommonly strong. Quartz is available in many colours, is scratch resistant, non-porous and stain-resistant making it a popular, maintenance free kitchen slab that remain beautiful for many years.