Deciding which countertop material is best for your room is one of the most pivotal parts of the design process. With so many colours and patterns to choose from, deciding which material counters to opt for is somewhat daunting; should they be heat resistant and stain-resistant? Should the countertop options be a mix of granite and marble?
What are the pros and cons of those optional extras, like a butcher block or matching cutting boards? Modern room renovations are inevitably met with overwhelming costs and grueling considerations; frequently, many individuals are conflicted between aesthetics and surface durability.
Here at Set In Stone, there is no compromise on the quality of our highly durable quartz worktops; we are proud to offer a diverse range of natural stone surface materials that are durable and desirable. Our expertise working with stone has enriched us with how the stone worktop is a considerably better choice.
There are many reasons why granite worktops are among the hottest options for the modern kitchen and bathroom. Granite has been the number one choice for homeowners for many years because of its natural composition, durability, exquisite looks and beautiful design qualities that cannot be replicated.
Granite is, quite literally, rock hard. It's second only to diamond in terms of the hardness of natural materials and durability. Granite countertops are mined from pure stone, which is cut into slabs then polished for installation. When properly installed, granite will be the last countertop you ever need. It resists chipping, scratching, cracking, and heat won't damage it in the way it would laminate countertops or wood countertops. If you want authentic stone countertops, then granite is your only choice.
Quartz countertops, often called engineered stone countertops, are similar in appearance and performance to granite; they are a very durable countertop yet are quite different in their makeup.
Quartz countertops are manufactured from crushed quartz mixed with pigment for colouration and resin as a binder. The colouration of quartz is more consistent, and it is available in a broader array of colour choices due to its manufacture. Quartz does not require the same level of care that granite does.
Because it is an engineered product, quartz is non-porous, making it easy to clean and germ-free. Maintaining the cleanliness of quartz countertops is one of the primary reasons parents prefer them with young children and the elderly, who may be susceptible to viruses and bacteria. Both quartz and granite have a 25-50 years lifespan, depending on the level of care they are given and how they are used. In the area of durability, quartz has the advantage over granite.
‘Corian’ is a brand that refers to any type of solid surface countertops containing polymer and natural minerals. This is a lower-priced material compared to Quartz, which is why it attracts so many people to buy it. More often than not, quartz is more expensive per square foot in comparison to Corian. This is simply due to the quality of the product; Quartz is much more sustainable and hard-wearing in contrast.
Marble is a natural stone material formed from a metamorphic rock; recrystallised carbon from the Earth’s crust. One of the delights of marble is that it is quarried in many locations around the world. Each marble deposit is coloured by minerals specific to that location that give it a unique appearance.
Marble countertops offer a natural, luxurious appearance no other material can offer. Due to the broad spectrum of colours, grains and veins, every marble countertop is a “one of a kind” creation in your kitchen design.
Marble is the material of choice when a touch of refinement and distinction is desired. It offers an exciting option for use in kitchen countertops and the bathroom. A marble countertop on a kitchen island can be a dramatic statement piece. With good maintenance, marble will keep its fantastic looks for decades, elevating the beauty of your kitchen, bathroom, or wet room to the next level of luxurious living.
Here at Set In Stone, all our worktops are made from Quartz as we believe this is the most hard-wearing, high-quality material to be fitted for your kitchen work surfaces.
Whilst Corian will last longer than laminate kitchen worktops, this is nothing compared to the durability of a quartz countertop.
The Quartz pieces we provide are very modern and will not be going out of fashion anytime soon. You must get the design element of your kitchen layout or bathroom correct. We will supply you with testers for you and your family to get a feel for the worktop; from here, you can decide which material you will be going forward with.
You must get this correct to suit both the design of your dream kitchen or bathroom, yet it must be practical and suit you and your family. For any additional information, contact our team here at Set in Stone. We can help you transform your home today!