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    What are synthetic granite worktops?

    If you’re looking for granite kitchen worktops, you may have seen advertisements for cheap granite worktops. Don’t be fooled – if you see phrases such as ‘liquid granite’ or ‘synthetic granite’ you’re not getting a natural stone slab and may be very disappointed. We’ll run through the differences between artificial granite and natural granite below.

    There are multiple products on the market using various terms including ‘artificial granite’, ‘synthetic granite’, ‘liquid granite’, and ‘epoxy granite’. All of these terms indicate that you’re not getting a slab of genuine natural granite – in fact you may not be getting any granite at all!

    Manufacturing techniques and materials used vary from product to product. The two most common options are ‘liquid granite’ and ‘epoxy granite’.

    What is liquid granite made of?

    Liquid granite, which can also be known as synthetic granite, isn’t stone at all. The term is used for a particular type of extra-strong concrete developed by Sheffield Hallam University, and also for a technique for pouring and decorating concrete to make it look like granite. The exact composition of concrete varies, but it will include sand or stone dust, cement (a binding agent) and water. It may also contain larger pieces of stone or other materials.

    What is epoxy granite?

    Epoxy granite is made of granite particles bonded together by an epoxy. This will typically be around 95% real, natural granite but it won’t have the patterns and textures that characterize natural granite. It may be dyed to create a wider range of colours than are available in nature.

    What are the advantages of synthetic granites?

    Synthetic granites are often used in public buildings and outdoor spaces where an ornamental effect is required on a tight budget. Generally, in these cases, the intention is not to create a perfect imitation of granite but to create an overall pleasing effect. Concrete can easily be poured over large areas so it’s a quick and easy way to create a plaza or lay a floor in a municipal building.

    Artificial Granite vs Natural Granite?

    Artificial Granite

    Natural Granite

    Man-made

    100% natural material

    Shorter lifespan – typically up to 10 years

    Can last thousands of years

    May be porous (absorb water, dirt and other matter)

    Waterproof and non-absorbent

    May discolour in direct sunlight

    Does not fade

    Can require special cleaning and care to preserve the decorated surface

    Easy  to clean – typically only needs water and mild cleaners

    Can chip, scratch or crack more easily

    One of the toughest materials in the world

    A wide range of bright and pale colours

    Beautiful natural shades and textures

    Each piece is identical to the last

    Each slab is unique

    Shaped to fit in a workshop or poured on site

    Shaped to fit

    Some very low budget options available

    Wide range of price points, from affordable to luxury

    Why we don’t recommend artificial granites

    As professional stone workers, at Surrey Marble and Granite we’ve encountered almost every stone and stone substitute on the market. We offer a wide selection of granite worktops and engineered stones but we don’t offer synthetic granite countertops. We’ve carefully selected the natural and engineered stones in our catalogue to offer quality and value for money. We have yet to find a synthetic granite that we’re truly happy with. Should that change in the future, we’ll update you. We have a wide range of Granite options available or we can offer engineered stone options that offer a Granite effect, our experts are on hand to help you choose the perfect option for your project. Visit our showroom to see the full collection and to speak to an expert or view our Granite range below.

    View our collection of Granite

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