When choosing or replacing your kitchen worktops you need to decide first and foremost which surface material you require. Each has their own aesthetic appeal; however they vary significantly in terms of strength, durability and cost.
Marble is a beautiful addition to any kitchen, and comes in a range of stunning patterns and colours. However it is a porous material and its easy absorption of liquids can cause it to stain and crack under extreme hot and cold temperatures. Unless you are installing surfaces in an area where this can be avoided, you may wish to opt for another material. Marble is often more suitable for bathroom worktops.
Granite has wider popularity due to its strength and resistance to heat. Granite is a natural stone; therefore the patterns, occlusions and colours vary enormously, depending on where the stone has been mined from. Before installation, granite surfaces will need to be sealed for protection against harmful liquids and chemicals, and re-sealed every three years.
Quartz and marmol compac worktops are ‘engineered surfaces’, which are made using 10% resin for extra strength and durability. Compac marmol has the appearance of marble, whilst compac quartz has the glint and pattern of quartz, yet both are far more resilient surfaces than their natural stone counterparts.
Cimstone quartz is the most durable of kitchen worktops. Its 93% quartz and 7% polyester resin binder composition makes it resistant to temperatures, stains, chemicals and an incredibly strong surface against all kitchen wear and tear.
Once you have decided on a material, you are ready to look at colours and samples.