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Stone Worktops And The Modern Kitchen

Jun 8th 2014 at 1:23 AM

Stone worktops have always been extremely popular with consumers for their kitchen needs and for good reason too. There are three main types of material that are used for worktops in today's modern kitchen and these three main materials are granite, quartz, and marble. So let us take a more in depth look at each type of stone available and how they could benefit you for your home improvement needs.

Let us first start off with granite. Granite has been a firm favourite of consumers for many years now and shows no signs off dropping out of the race to become the number one material for kitchen worktops. Granite is a beautiful natural stone that is extremely durable as granite is actually one of the toughest stones in the world. This makes granite absolutely fantastic when it comes to every day wear and tear as it can take punishment that other materials simply cannot handle. Granite comes in many different colours and patterns from quarries all over the world. Star Galaxy is one of the most popular granite worktops with today's consumers. Not only is granite extremely durable against blunt force trauma and wear and tear but it is also amazingly heat resistant and can handle temperatures way above the norm. For example you can take a boiling hot saucepan from your hob and immediately place it directly on to the surface of the granite worktop with absolutely no effect on the worktop at all.

Next let us take a look at marble as an option for your stone worktop needs. Marble in general usually comes in a light, creamy colour which is something that many people look for in their homes. The light colour of marble helps to give your kitchen a nice airy feel to it as the light colour creates the illusion that you actually have more space in your kitchen than you actually do. Marble looks absolutely stunning and although it is a popular choice for home owners it is nowhere near as popular as other alternatives such as granite and quartz which means you will be hard pushed to find someone you know that actually has a marble worktop creating the impression that your kitchen is somewhat more unique than it actually is. Marble is not as strong as granite or quartz and is less heat resistant which is probably why it is not as popular a choice as the others. Depending on the marble you choose it can also be quite costly when you weigh up the options available between marble and the other stones on the market however it's natural beauty more than makes up for it's shortcomings in today's modern home.

Finally let us take a look at quartz. Quartz is widely considered as the new kid on the block within the industry and unlike marble and granite is man made as opposed to natural. Made from quartz crystals and resins, quartz is actually the most cost effective of the stones available for your kitchen worktop needs. The main reason for this is that it is made in factories and not quarried meaning that the labour costs of mining the stone and importing it in to the country are no longer a factor. Quartz is also every bit as durable as granite is as a material and is also just as heat resistant. The best features that quartz has over granite and marble however are as follows. First off quartz comes in an amazing range of colours and patterns and seeing as it is man made it will never run out of stock as natural stone does, as we all know that once an area has been mined there is nothing left. Also quartz is 98% non porous making it the most hygienic stone worktop on the market as it does not have visible cracks and veins that can hide germs and bacteria like granite and marble do which also makes quartz extremely easy to clean, all it takes is a cloth and some anti bacterial spray. In all quartz is expected to become the biggest selling stone on today's stone worktop market and with good reason too.

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