Worktops: choosing real stone over stone effect

In Bathroom Worktops, Kitchen Worktops by dawn

Choosing a kitchen or bathroom worktops usually comes down to personal taste, but function should always be given equal consideration to aesthetics when making a final purchase.

Some householders for example, often say they admire a ‘stone effect’ look but would rather not go to ‘the fuss’ of installing in their bathroom or kitchen any granite worktops, or those made from marble or quartz – preferring instead to select a simulated laminate or acrylic surface.

Closer inspection however reveals such decisions to be detrimental on two levels.

Firstly, when a direct comparison is made between the look of an acrylic or laminated worktop and that of a real stone surface, most people agree that the difference is vast. Real stone worktops – such as those made from Caesarstone for example – have a depth and shine which is extremely hard, if not impossible, to replicate in synthetic surfaces.

Secondly, Caesarstone worktops, other quality quartz worktops such as those made from Compac Quartz, and granite worktops, have all been shown to be far tougher and resilient than any acrylic or laminate surface. Consequently, with these stone worktops, there is a greatly reduced risk of any cracks or other damage occurring – usually for decades to come.

This strength and resilience is particularly renowned in modern stone worktops such as those made from Caesarstone, Compac Quartz and Compac Marmol – and is said to be one of the reasons for the growing popularity of Caesarstone worktop installations in households in Humberside, Cheshire, Leeds, and other areas in Yorkshire.