Marble and granite worktops, as well as those made from composite materials, are extremely popular among UK consumers, so much so that home owners may well ask “whatever happened to the cheap worktops created from chip board or even the solid wood worktops society was once so very fond of”.
Companies are responding to this ever-growing demand for hard-wearing, unique worktops by expanding their ranges of high-quality materials – marble, granite and composite worktops (made from materials such as technistone) are chief among these.
Composite, or engineered stone, in particular, adds a unique and beautiful aesthetic to kitchens and bathrooms. Made, as the name suggests, from a mixture of crushed stone (typically granite and quartz) set in ultra-hard resin, products such as Quarella worktops come in a range of styles and designs – these worktops can, for example, contain anything from small compacted crystals to larger pebbles.
Solid marble and granite worktopsTalso offer a great degree of uniqueness – it’s safe to say that no two pieces of quarried stone are ever exactly alike.
The intense heat and pressure under which coloured and black granite, all colours of marble and quartz are formed over millions of years provide these natural materials with extreme hardness, making them highly resistant to chips and scratches. Composite worktops are even tougher; the resin used in their manufacture makes them virtually scratch and chip proof.
In addition, a composite worktop or is very difficult to stain, as are marble, coloured and black granite. This is because the sealed surface of a composite quartz worktop, granite or marble top is non-porous and moisture, as well as heat resistant.
As a result, a stone or composite worktop will outlast any given number of cheap worktops by far while requiring very little maintenance in the process. Essentially, these qualities are why the worktops UK companies predominantly sell consist of stone.
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