What is granite?
Granite is a very hard, granular, crystalline igneous rock, made up mainly of quartz, mica and feldspar. It forms as a result of very slow crystallisation of molten magma deep in the earth’s core. Being extremely hard, granite is ideal for usage in the kitchen, bathroom or as flooring.
Why choose granite?
Granite is extremely hard wearing, will last for years and will not get scratched by knives or other kitchen utensils. It is heat resistant so won’t easily be damaged by moderately hot saucepans or kettles but we do recommend always using trivets as there is always the risk of cracking due to thermal shock. It is also resistant to most substances and liquids and is perfect around sinks and baths as it isn’t damaged even if soaked in water.
Granite provides a cool surface which is ideal for rolling pastry and is easily cleaned. It looks fabulous and always will give your project that ‘wow’ factor. Granite also comes in a wide range of price levels to suit all budgets.
What is marble?
Marble is the geological name for Limestones which have been re-crystalised due to heat and pressure deep within the Earth’s crust. The variety of colours are caused by small amounts of impurities being incorporated with the calcite during metamorphism. Due to the Natural Nature, some imperfections are therefore to be expected.
Although not as hard-wearing as other rocks, marble certainly has an outstanding beauty which is best displayed in reception areas, floors, stairways and particularly bathrooms.
Why choose marble?
The obvious reason to choose marble is because of the beauty of the stone. With its infinite range of colours and its ability to take a high polish, marble always looks stunning. No two pieces of marble are ever the same, so when you choose marble, you know you are creating a unique look.
Marble is relatively soft and easily damaged by acids, so is less suitable for kitchen worktops. In saying that, it is ideal in kitchens due to its cool, smooth surface making it brilliant for pastry chefs and bakers and for general food preparation.
When treated with a sealant, marble will resist scratching and staining almost as well as granite and even the most highly polished marble surfaces can be revitalised by re-polishing and resealing.
Colours vary a lot, so samples should be viewed with caution.
Weight must also be considered when proposing the use of marble on walls and suspended timber floors. Good support is essential and cabinets and floors must be rigid.
What is Engineered Stone?
Engineered Stone is man-made, mainly composed of natural quartz, one of nature’s hardest materials. The quartz is combined with special resins and colour pigments to produce an incredibly hard wearing but low maintenance stone. It offers the beauty of quartz but with many times the strength and durability of granite or marble.
Unlike other surfaces, Engineered stone requires almost no maintenance at all (except general cleaning). Thanks to its non-porous surface, no residues can penetrate it and leave permanent stains.
Why choose Engineered Stone?
Engineered stone surfaces will handle anything you confront them with. They are incredibly hard wearing and non-porous and are completely resistant to germs, bacteria, mould and mildew, meaning they are great in areas of high humidity. This means you can relax knowing your work surfaces are totally hygienic.
They are scratch and stain resistant and do not require sealing, conditioning or polishing. They are also heat resistant which means that moderately hot pans or kettles should not damage them, although we still recommend using protection.
Engineered stone comes in a huge range or colours and patterns – making it usable throughout the house – kitchen worktops, islands, bathroom vanity units, shower stalls and shower surrounds, table tops etc. In fact you can use Engineered Stone almost anywhere you want.