03 Oct Stone worktops: All you need to know
For the crowning glory to your Shaker kitchen, look no further than a stone worktop for the ultimate in a strong, durable and beautiful addition to your kitchen. Here we explain the most popular types available in our showrooms.
Granite is one of our planets toughest stones and is ideally suited for kitchen work surfaces. Granite is the most common example of igneous rock – the result of magma, the molten rock beneath the earth’s surface cooling and solidifying, often trapping many precious minerals within its structure. The resulting layers and random minerals are exposed in all their natural beauty when the stone is cut and polished.
Granite is a low maintenance stone that retains it natural beauty for many years. It offers excellent stain and heat resistance and a cool sterile surface for the preparation of food.
Granite is traditionally used with a diamond polished finish for kitchen work surfaces. The advancement in processing machinery and sealing technology have made other finishes such as honed, satinato, river washed, and flamed more accessible for kitchen work surfaces. Recent design trends have made use of these finishes and a much more varied colour palette.
2. Marble and Limestone
Marble and limestone give any installation an elegant, romantic look. Colours are virtually endless, from the purest white to coal-black, brilliant reds and vibrant greens – no two pieces are alike. Marble is famed for its beauty and unique design although it requires more care and maintenance than granite or quartz. Limestone has similar characteristics to marble in terms of its unique veining and the individual character of each stone slab.
The main difference between limestone and marble is that limestone is a sedimentary rock, typically composed of calcium carbonate fossils, and marble is a metamorphic rock. If you look closely at a limestone, you can usually see these fossil fragments (for example, bits of shell) held together by a calcite matrix. Limestone is more porous than marble, because there are small openings between the fossil fragments. Marble often contains coloured streaks that are inclusions of non-calcite minerals.
Silestone is the world’s leading producer of quartz surfaces. Manufactured in Spain from 94% natural quartz together with advanced pigments and polymer resins, the result is a work surface with excellent stain, impact and heat resistance. Plus, colours are limitless with a shade, pigment and level of sparkle for everyone.
Silestone worktops are the only quartz surfaces that can inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria that is commonly found in even the cleanest kitchens. This is because all Silestone slabs exclusively contain antibacterial protection added during the manufacturing process.
Dekton is one of the latest man made stone to enter the market. It uses a blend of raw materials that will go through a process that mimics the natural metamorphic process that rock will go through when subjected to high heat and pressure over a long period of time. This process is repeated to give you the low porous, high strength product that is Dekton.
Currently available in 36 different colours with no fear of damaging it due to the fact it is the most scratch resistant surface on the market, and it’s 100% stain and heat proof to boot. This might just be the super stone if the future. You heard it here first.
Tell us what you think about stone worktops, and which you would choose for your new kitchen?