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Marble, Granite and Quartz: which to choose for your kitchen worktops

Marble, granite or quartz – how to choose?!

Choosing a new kitchen worktop is tough as you want to make sure you’ve picked something durable, practical, gorgeous, timelessly stylish, good value for money and that you’ll love for years. Even if you’ve narrowed the choice down to a stone worktop, such as marble, granite, limestone or quartz, then there are still dozens of options available. Below, we explain some of the differences between different types of worktop but if you have any more questions, just give us a call – our team are on hand to help you choose the right surface for your new kitchen.

Stone kitchen worktops vs other surfaces

One reason it’s hard to choose between, marble, quartz and granite kitchen worktops is that stone has a number of significant advantages over most other worktop materials. For example, all stones – even ‘soft’ stones like marble – are:

    • available in multiple colours and textures
    • cut to fit your exact kitchen
    • available in a range of finishes, polishes and edge details
    • hard to chip or scratch
    • heat resistant – even if you put a hot pan or cup of tea down
    • fire and flame resistant
    • unaffected by cold
    • food safe
    • won’t fade in sunlight
    • easy to clean
    • heavier than wood, lino or tiles
    • need to be cut, shaped and polished using special tools
    • and have little or no grouting to discolour or rot away

     

    Stone also acts as a heat sink, which is why professional pastry chefs and chocolate makers use marble or granite kitchen worktops to make their products.

    Natural vs engineered stone

    Thanks to modern technologies, it is now possible to make stone in a factory, using bonding agents or high-tech processes to bind stone particles together into new forms. They are often made primarily of natural quartz. These innovative products are known as ‘engineered’ or ‘processed’ stones, to differentiate them from ‘natural’ stones like marble, granite and limestone which are formed in the earth’s surface and mined from quarries.

    Engineered stones have been carefully designed to fulfil the function they’re intended for. As a result, they’re an ideal choice for kitchen and bathroom worktops. As well as the general advantages listed above, engineered stone is:

    • available in hundreds of colours, including primary colours and jewel tones
    • available in dozens of textures, from plain to complex
    • easy to match
    • made in a range of thicknesses, suitable for different uses, such as wall cladding, worktops and flooring
    • naturally non-porous, which means nothing is absorbed by it – not smells, bacteria, liquid or anything
    • nearly impossible to stain
    • waterproof
    • typically 90-95% quartz

     

  • By contrast, natural stones are formed in geological processes, so their colours and textures are created by chance. This means that natural stones are:
    • available in the colours and textures nature provides
    • each slab is completely unique, so may be hard to match
    • can be porous so needs to be sealed during manufacture or installation
    • hard to stain, particularly after sealing

     

  • Granite is one of the toughest materials in the world, which is one reason granite kitchen worktops are so sought after. This beautiful stone is naturally non-porous, hard to stain, scratch or chip and easy to care for. By contrast, marble is a more delicate stone as, although it’s tough as rock, it’s porous and reacts with acids and alkalis. This means that unless it is sealed it can stain or be damaged by foods and liquids such as red wine, lemon juice and vinegar. Fortunately, sealing is very effective and a standard part of our process.

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