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5 Tips & Tricks for Fitting Granite Worktops

Tips & Tricks for Fitting Granite Worktops

Fitting your own Granite worktops is a big job and is definitely not something that you should take lightly. Before you get started we have put together a list of some things that you need to know before you attempt fitting your Granite worktop.

Here are 5 of our best pointers to fitting and installing a Granite worktop yourself.

Equipment

You will need a lot of equipment and tools to complete this job so firstly you need to do some research into what you will need and where you can get it from. You will need things like a Stanley knife, spirit level, drill, raw plugs, wooden battens and various safety equipment as well as much more.

Manpower

Before you even begin installing your Granite worktop you need to make sure that you will have enough people to help you carry out the job as an average 3 meter stone worktop will require at least 3 people to lift it safely. Ask around some of your friends who may be able to help you out, as you will definitely need it as this is not a job that you can complete yourself.

Correct Support

As we mentioned above in the equipment section, you should need wooden battens to install your Granite worktop, the reason why is because you will need to provide appropriate support to the worktop to ensure that it will not fall. Never attempt to fit your Granite worktop if you do not have the correct support available.

Remove Breakables

It goes without saying that Granite is an extremely heavy stone so you will need to remove everything from the kitchen that may get damaged during installation. This includes all cupboard door fronts and accessories within the kitchen. It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to fitting your worktop.

Trail Fit

Before you fit your new Granite worktop in properly you should always do a trial fit for the worktop as well as the sink, taps and hob. This will ensure that everything will be fitted correctly and that there is enough room. If anything does not go to plan then you have the time to correct it to do it properly next time.

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5 Beautiful Marble Colours for Wet Rooms

Marble Colours for Wet Rooms

The reason why Marble has such huge appeal is because it is such a beautiful and high quality stone. Marble is also such a unique stone and is a completely natural stone, it does have an elegant, varied appearance in terms of its colouring and veining.

Marble is able to be used for a range of purposes with bathroom flooring and wet rooms being one of them, so let’s take a look at 5 of the most beautiful Marble colours to have for your wet room.

White Staturario

This Marble slab is one of our white colours within the range. The main colour is white with grey colouring and patterns. Perfect for anyone who is looking for a light and bright wet room, white also goes with almost any other colour out there so it is great if you do not want to change décor.

Golden Portoro

This Marble slab’s main colour is black, making it a very luxurious colour choice. On top of the black is a honey coloured pattern which makes it even more beautiful and elegant. As with a lot of our colours, black is a good choice as it also goes with almost any other colour out there – perfect for those who like to often change their décor and accessories.

Rain Forest Golden

Rain Forest Golden is a gorgeous colour that shouts ‘luxury’. As the name suggests, it is very golden and almost a caramel colour. On top of the indulgent caramel is white and brown veining.

Crema Marfil

Crema Marfil is one of our ivory colours within the Marble range but it is such a gorgeous creamy colour. On top of the cream is a faint pattern of darker cream. This colour is great for those who do not want a block colour but equally do not particularly want to have a vivid pattern or veining.

Crema Valencia

Crema Valencia is another one of our cream colours and it is such a beautiful colour and has been perfectly paired with veining that is almost purple in colour. It may sound a bit quirky, but it is definitely one you have to see to appreciate.

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White Quartz Worktops – Pros & Cons

White Quartz Worktops

Many people are often scared about having white décor within their home but it can often end up giving your home a beautiful and elegant feel. White may look incredibly clean, fresh and crisp but it does come with a lot of work to keep looking clean, unlike other darker colours. Although, similar could be said for dark colours such as black.

A lot of people view white as a ‘danger’ or ‘brave’ colour to have but this article is here to help you with your decision of purchasing a white quartz worktop.There is a fair few pros and cons to having a white quartz worktop, so here is a list of the top ones:

Advantages:

The ‘Look’

As mentioned above, the white offers a beautiful look to any home and is a very popular and trendy choice for kitchens. As white goes with practically any other colour, you never have to worry about changing it in the future if you ever want to have a switch around.

Not Expensive

Unlike other stones like marble, quartz isn’t expensive to buy. As quartz is available in a variety of different colours and patterns and none of them are rare, they are not considered high end and therefore not priced as such.

Crisp and Fresh

Any kitchen that has been decorated in white looks incredibly crisp and fresh. For that reason, white décor is on trend and has been popular for many years.

Ideal for Smaller Kitchens

If you have a small kitchen then white quartz is your friend because it will reflect the light into making the room look bigger than it is. If the kitchen does not have very good natural light, then it will also reflect artificial lighting to make this appearance.

Disadvantages:

Hard to Keep Clean

If your kitchen is a high traffic area then you may struggle with having white worktops. The main problem with having white quartz worktops is that they take much more work to keep looking clean than other colours because white will show up almost any type of mark, spillage or crumb.

‘Too’ Clean

Some people often think that white rooms look too sterile and remind them of an hospital, which isn’t exactly the type of emotion you want your kitchen to evoke. But with a few added textures, the white can look breath-taking.

‘Too’ Big

As mentioned above, white has a great ability in reflecting light to make rooms appear bigger than what they are, but this could end up backfiring. If your kitchen is large then perhaps white wouldn’t be your ideal block colour, instead consider breaking up the white with some textures or darker shades to make sure that your room isn’t overdone.

As you can see, there are many more reasons why you should go for having a white quartz worktop than not. Quartz is the perfect worktop as it does not require regular maintenance such as sealing, like other stones such as marble, and is incredibly stain resistant. When you order a sample of quartz you can be sure that it is an accurate example of what you will get as quartz has a uniformity of colour and pattern.

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Quartz Stone vs Granite – What is the best option?

Quartz Stone vs Granite

When homeowners are looking to renovate their homes, they are faced with many hard decisions and it can often be overwhelming when having to choose between which type of materials to use and purchase.
This article is aims to make that process a little bit easier and is here to help provide you with all the information you may need when it comes to deciding whether to purchase Quartz Stone or Granite for your home.

Stain Resistant

Unlike granite and marble, quartz stone is non-porous which means that when you spill something along the kitchen worktops, it will not sink into the tiny capillary channels between the minerals. Over time, if you spill on unsealed granite then you may end up having a permanently stained worktop, whereas with quartz stone you will never have this worry.

Maintenance Free

With granite and marble, you would need to factor in the long-term costs of the product as they need regular sealing. Quartz stone does not come with this requirement and therefore will save you money both initially as well as over time.

Less Expensive

As mentioned above, not only would you save money in the long-term by choosing quartz stone but it is also the cheaper alternative when making the initial purchase. Granite and marble are both typically more expensive per square foot than quartz stone, which makes quartz the most affordable.

Strong

As quartz stone is made up of 93% natural quartz stone and 7% resin and dyes, it is incredibly strong. Quartz stone is known for being by far stronger than granite and marble due to how it has been made.

Consistent Appearance

Unlike granite, when you get a quartz stone sample you can expect to receive the exact same look as quartz is manufactured to ensure that it remains exactly the same colour that you desire. As quartz is designed and created within a controlled environment, there will be zero defects within the slab.
Granite can have differences in colour and patterns as granite has been commercially dyed and therefore may not be exactly what you expected to receive.

Hygienic

Quartz stone is by far the most hygienic stone to purchase as it is manufactured to offer greater hygiene to reduce bacteria growth. Both granite and marble do not offer this as part of the product.

Easy to Clean

Lastly, quartz stone is incredibly easy to maintain and keep clean. All you need to keep your quartz stone looking clean and fresh is regular soap and water. Your quartz stone will never require any special treatment or upkeep, just the usual cleaning regimes that you are used to. Granite and marble not only require regular sealing but they are not as simple and easy to keep clean as quartz stone.

So, there you have it, a list of reasons why you should choose quartz stone over granite. I hope this list has made your decision making somewhat easier!

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Quartz Caesarstone vs Silestone – Which is best?

Quartz Caesarstone vs Silestone

Choosing the type of quartz to use within your home renovations can be quite tricky, especially if you are struggling to see whether one is better than the other. By the end of this article you should have some more information to help you in your decision – Quartz Caesarstone or Silestone?

Ceasarstone and Silestone are both very popular and have been designed to have the appearance of granite. If you purchase either of these two for your home, you can expect to have a product that will last for many years to come with proper care.

So, here is our top four things to consider when choosing between caesarstone and silestone for your home improvement plans.

Price Comparison

With cesarstone quartz you should usually expect to pay slightly more, although prices will vary according to which supplier you go to. Caesarstone is typically higher prices than silestone as you pay for the import fees on top of the retail price.While price is often a game changer for many customers, it is not necessarily the be all and end to, as they both have a lot to offer.

Quartz Percentage

Caesarstone is made with, at least, 93% quartz content which doesn’t make it that much of a winner in comparison to silestone that has been manufactured to have, at least, 90% quartz.
For some customers, the percentage of quartz content often influences their choice of purchase, however with a percentage difference that small it shouldn’t really sway your decision too much. If you think you may have already made up your mind, certainly don’t let that change it.

Warranty Length

In terms of warranty, caesarstone is the clear winner as suppliers typically offer you a lifetime warranty, whereas with silestone you are looking at something more towards ten to fifteen-years warranty.
However, as quartz is brilliant for caring and upkeep as they essentially take care of themselves, a warranty is not usually needed but it is definitely something that customers like to know is there if they ever do need it.

Choice of Colours

For most customers the choice of colours available will often make a difference in what they will ultimately choose to purchase. Silestone offers a huge variety of colours for their customers which can be a massive plus for a lot of customers, especially those who like to take their take and pick the absolute perfect one for their home. However, having such a big variety to choose from can equally be just as overwhelming for the customer who prefers to choose one out of the showroom straight away with minimal fuss.

While silestone offers a good variety when it comes to colours, caesarstone offers the best variety for finishes. If you are interested in choosing from a wide selection of edging, then caesarstone is the one to go for.
Hopefully this article has helped to clear some things up for you and has helped you on your way to choosing whether caesarstone or silestone quartz is the one for you.

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Pros and Cons of Quartz Countertops

Pros and Cons of Quartz Countertops

Quartz stone is extremely popular for countertops for a variety of reasons but is it really all that it’s cracked up to be? In this article, we will discuss the pros and cons of quartz stone countertops and you can decide for yourself whether or not quartz is the best material for countertops.

Pros:

Scratch Resistant

As quartz is only second to diamond for its strength, it is highly resistant to scratches and can be left with no mark after a slip of a knife, leaving you with a good-as-new look for many years to come as long as you look after it.

Virtually Chip Resistant

Due to quartz strength, it is extremely difficult to chip or crack, which makes it a brilliant material for transporting and installing as well as living with.

Heat Resistant

Quartz is able to tolerate high heats without the material burning, as long as it does not exceed a certain temperature. Despite this, it is still recommended that you use heat pads when placing hot pans directly onto the surface.

Hygienic:

Quartz stone has been manufactured to prevent any growth of bacteria, making it incredibly hygienic. So, if this is something that is important to you, this is a great bonus.

Consistent in Colour

Unlike other natural stones, quartz has been manufactured to have a consistent appearance in colour and pattern so you will never be disappointed in what you receive. A lot of other natural stones arrive with multiple inconsistencies which for some people is a downfall.

Maintenance Free

Unlike a lot of other natural stones, quartz stone will never require any sealing or other types of regular maintenance. Therefore, it is cheaper in the long-run and will save you a lot of money and time.

Stain Proof

If you spill a substance onto quartz stone then there is little to worry about as the stone is non-porous and will not retain any liquids. All spillages can be easily cleaned away, which is perfect for kitchen countertops.

Cons:

Appearance

Quartz stone does not have the same appearance as natural stones, so if this is the look you are after then it may not be the best option for you. Quartz is a manufactured red stone and therefore has that appearance.

Sensitive to Chemicals

You have to be careful which types of cleaning products you use on the surface as it is sensitive to some types of chemicals and cleaning agents. Any cleaning product that contains a high pH level would be unable to be used, which may cause a bit of hassle when you shop for cleaning products. If you accidentally misread or use the wrong product you may end up with a permanently damaged countertop.

Not Entirely Damage Free

While quartz stone is incredibly strong, it can still be damaged and chipped if hit hard enough. Sometimes the advertisement of it being so strong can influence you into thinking it is unbreakable and therefore result in you not being quite as careful as you should be.

Not Seamless

As quartz is usually only made up to a certain number of feet in both width and length, if you require a larger size then it will be made by connecting multiple slabs together, creating a not-so seamless look. If seamless is what you are after, you may wish to factor this into your decision making.

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Pros and Cons of Marble Flooring in Bathrooms

Marble Flooring in Bathrooms

Marble has a great appeal because it is so beautiful and is such a high quality stone, but while it has its pluses it also definitely has its downsides. While Marble is becoming increasingly popular and popping up in more and more homes every day, the question we should be asking is should it be?
This article is here to offer you a guide on things that you should know and consider before going ahead and buying Marble for your bathroom flooring.

Pros:

Uniqueness

One of the reasons why Marble is so popular is because it has a great uniqueness about it. As it is a natural stone, it has a varied appearance in terms of veining and colouring which results in a unique look.

Multiple Uses

As Marble is such a soft stone it can be used in a range of different ways, which is excellent for repurposing leftovers where possible. Marble can be machined due to its softer nature than a lot of other stones and can therefore be used for flooring, counters, walls and even smaller things like door casing details.

Cons:

Too Much ‘Uniqueness’

That is right, one of Marbles best traits could also be seen as a downfall for some customers. While a lot of customers love that each piece of Marble is different from the next, not all customers share this view. Marble can often have a very non-uniformed appearance and may not suit everyone’s taste and style.

Too Soft

Again, another one of the bonuses about having Marble could also be seen as a big downfall for bathroom flooring. As Marble is incredibly soft, it can hold onto liquids and spillages. For example, if you are someone who dyes their hair regularly then your new Marble flooring could become stained as it holds onto the dye. Once Marble has been stained it can be very difficult to remove.

Not Family Friendly

As Marble is super absorbent it is not considered the best family friendly material for bathroom flooring or within the bathroom at all, especially for those with a downstairs bathroom and little ones who like to wander about. Any spillages or marks that your young children will make could end up permanently damaging and staining your beautiful Marble flooring.

Regular Maintenance

If you are planning on getting Marble for your bathroom flooring then you need to take into consideration the long-term costs. Marble needs regular sealing to be maintained and looked after properly, which could be a downfall for those who are not able to commit to that cost.

Cleaning Products

Unfortunately, Marble can also be marked by acidic materials and products such as cleaning products and lemon. This means that you would have to be careful which cleaning products you buy or make yourself at home so you do not end up marking your wonderful new flooring. Again, this makes it perhaps not the best choice for homes with young children who may get their hands-on things that they should not.

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Classic Quartz Stone Worktops – Pros and Cons

Classic Quartz Stone Worktops

Classic Quartz is extremely popular for being used for worktop for many reasons. Some believe that it is one of the best materials to use within your kitchen, but this article is here to provide you a list of both pros and cons of Classic Quartz Stone to help you throughout your decision making process.

Pros:

Incredibly Heat Resistant

Classic Quartz Stone is able to tolerate extreme heats, as long as they do not exceed a certain temperature. Although, so you do not end up burning your worktop it is still highly recommended that you continue to use heat pads when placing hot pans and pots directly onto the worktop surface.

Hygienic

If you are looking for a brilliantly hygienic material then Classic Quartz is certainly for you. Classic Quartz Stone has been manufactured to purposefully prevent the growth of any bacteria, which makes it perfect for having within your home and kitchen areas.

Colour Consistency

Unlike other natural stones, Classic Quartz Stone is incredibly consistent in colouring. Classic Quartz has been designed to have a perfectly consistent appearance and you can expect for it to arrive without disappointment.

No Need to Maintain

Classic Quartz Stone will never require you to carry out regular sealing or any kind of special treatment to maintain its appearance and to extend its life, unlike other natural stones like granite. Therefore, Classic Quartz is the perfect option if you are looking at what will save you the most money long-term and what is the most hassle-free.
All you need to do to keep your worktop looking fresh and brand new is to take care of it and keep it clean.

Stain Proof

Classic Quartz Stone is an excellent choice for kitchen worktops specifically as it is a non-porous material, meaning that it will never hold onto any liquid or spillage that occurs, and let’s face it, you will be spilling things in the kitchen.

Cons:

Appearance

Unfortunately, Classic Quartz Stone does not have the same appearance as other natural stones on the market. So, if you are looking for a particular ‘look’ or style for you home, then it perhaps will not be the perfect choice for you.

Can Be Damaged

Despite it being incredibly strong and durable, Classic Quartz Stone can still be damaged if it is put under enough force.

Not Perfect

Despite Classic Quartz Stone being perfect in consistency for colour, the same cannot be said for being seamless. If you require a large piece to be made then it will be made by forming multiple smaller pieces of Classic Quartz Stone together as one, making a not-so-seamless look.

Products

As Classic Quartz Stone is sensitive to certain chemicals you will need to be careful with which types of products you buy to use on your kitchen worktops. Anything that contains a high pH level can end up permanently damaging it. This can result in a lot more hassle when buying products and potential accidents could occur if you misread labels.

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10 Tips to Selecting the Right Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen countertops

When it comes to picking out the perfect kitchen countertops, it can be an overwhelming decision. Finally coming to a decision can be a long, drawn out time so this article is here to provide you with the top 10 things you need to consider to make the process easier a whole lot easier on yourself.

Fitting in With Your Lifestyle

Firstly, you should take a few minutes to consider not only what colour but what material is a best suit for your home and lifestyle. You need to think about what types of food and drink you will be preparing and what the best choice is to make. Some colours and materials may not be good for your home.

Quotes

Before you purchase anything the general rule of thumb should be that you get at least three quotes from different suppliers. This way you are sure to get a great deal.

Establish a Budget

Before you can start searching properly you need to outline your budget to stick to and what you are realistically able to spend. This will narrow your search down straight away so that you know here to direct and focus your search.

Ask for Samples

When shopping around for your ideal kitchen countertop ask for samples and lots of them. Take a variety of samples home with you, even if you aren’t fond of them at first, and hold them up around your kitchen to get an idea of what they look and feel like within your own kitchen. You may be surprised and end up ruling out some of your favourites and putting ones that you didn’t like at first on your list.

Existing Style

You need to consider what will go best with your existing style and theme within your kitchen, this will save you time and narrow your search down immediately.

Maintenance Free

If you don’t want to have to pay out for regular upkeep then search into which materials require less maintenance and hassle.

Cutting Costs

Where possible, consider repurposing leftover stone or quartz and mix materials to use for your countertops, this is a good option for saving money and time.

Types of Edges

Believe it or not, there are many types of edges available from curved, straight and fancy. You need to consider which look you prefer and what the best option is for your budget.

What ‘Speaks to You’

A good guideline is eliminating the materials and styles that don’t ‘say’ something to you when you look at them. If you need to spend a few hours looking at it to like it, then it isn’t for you.

Hygiene

Consider what different types of materials require for keeping them clean and fresh. Some materials can take a lot of work to keep clean whereas others are extremely easy and hygienic. For example, quartz has been manufactured to prevent bacteria growth so this would definitely be a good option if this would influence your decision.

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5 Advantages of White Kitchen Worktops

White Kitchen Worktops

Often when people hear about white décor within homes it can fill them with dread as it is, quite rightfully, known as a danger colour within homes – especially ones with young children. However, granite, marble or quartz white kitchen worktops can be absolutely beautiful and elegant to have within your home and for that reason white décor is a trending colour.
Here are our top five reasons why we think you should take the plunge and go for white kitchen worktops.

Stylish and Trendy

As mentioned above, white is an extremely popular colour for kitchen worktops. White is such a beautifully elegant and stylish colour and that is the main reason why it is so on trend right now. If keeping up with the current fashion trends is important to you for your home, then white worktops are definitely a good way to start.

Matching Existing Colours

A big plus for having white kitchen worktops is that white will go with almost any other colour out there, so if you have pieces and accessories that you would rather not replace then you do not have to worry. With having white worktops, you can be sure that any accessories that you already have for your kitchen will not necessarily have to be changed. White goes with such a range of colours that it contrasts exceptionally well with both darker and light shades.

Brilliant for Small Kitchens

If your kitchen is a bit on the smaller side then by introducing white worktops you can end up creating the illusion that your kitchen is much larger than it is. The reason why white is excellent for creating this illusion is because white reflects light, both natural and artificial, which means that light will bounce around your room making the kitchen appear bigger.

Fresh

You can be sure that if you decide to fit white worktops within your kitchen that the room will automatically appear fresh and cleaner than usual. White has an amazing look that ultimately appears to be hygienic and fresh in appearance and for that reason, white décor is definitely on trend at the moment and has been for a few years.

Not-So-Dangerous

Most people view white as the ‘danger’ colour within homes, and while it is true as it can show up marks if not properly cleaned and maintained, it is not alone in this. Other colours such as black have the exact same effect and yet people still go for this across their homes with less thought. If you have black décor, or ever have, then it should require around the same level of upkeep which should hopefully ease some of your worries.

Hopefully this article has helped to ease any of those worries you may be having about considering installing white kitchen worktops, but as you can see there are many good sides to having white within your home. White definitely is not entirely bad and should not be dreaded as much as it is – take the plunge and you will never regret it.

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