Ever since caesarstone worktops first harnessed the strength of real quartz back in the 1980s, through machine compacting, they and other quality compacted worktops – including Compac Quartz and its marble equivalent, Compac Marmol – have successfully contended for the high-end domestic market once dominated by traditional granite.
Today, the question is often asked: which are the best surfaces for a bathroom or kitchen – granite worktops or one of the ‘new’ generations of compacted stone worktops?
The answer really lies with the individual buyer.
Kitchen and bathroom worktops, whether made from granite or a quality compacted stone variation such as caesarstone, are all scientifically proven to withstand heat; chopping; the accumulation of harmful bacteria; and staining.
Moreover, all are virtually certain to maintain their looks and functionality for decades to come.
The ultimate choice might simply come down to the colour and pattern available for a particular type of worktop, and there are a great many variations in colour and pattern to choose from.
Alternatively, it could be based on the buyer’s preference for consistency and regularity in colour, pattern, and ‘neatness’ of fit.
Caesarstone worktops, for example, are available in uniform blocks that fit and match each other perfectly in colour, pattern, and overall layout; whereas granite worktops ma y well have natural’ flaws’ and inconsistencies. Yet, for many, such inconsistencies in granite may well be an essential part of the stone’s beauty.
On the other hand, for those with busy lives, the idea of needing to seal granite before first use might well find them opting in favour of caesarstone.