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10 Reasons Why Granite is Fantastic For Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen Countertops

Granite is a popular choice for kitchen countertops, and when you look into the pros of the stone in a bit more detail, you’ll completely understand why!

It’s important to know that you are making the right choice when you are spending a large amount of money on something which you want to last you for a long time to come. You might be weighing up your options between quartz, granite, and marble, but if you’re edging your way a little more towards granite, let’s check out ten reasons why this natural stone is ideal for kitchen countertops.

  1. Granite is strong

You would have to drop a very heavy weight on a granite countertop to break it. This means that you have peace of mind in your purchase. We’re certainly not looking at a fragile stone here.

  1. Granite is very natural, both in appearance and in reality

The appearance of granite looks fantastic in kitchens because of its earthy and natural tones, no matter what colour you opt for. Granite is mined from the earth, so you can be sure of a strong stone, as we mentioned in our first point, but you can also be assured of a very natural in appearance stone which looks fantastic in the place where you create food – one of the most natural things in the world!

  1. Granite is durable and long-lasting

Because granite is strong and natural, you can be sure that it is going to last you for a very long time to come. There is a little maintenance to be done, which we’ll talk about a little shortly, but overall this is low and if you can keep on top of this and look after your stone, it will last you for a long time.

  1. Granite is a cost effective choice

Because of how long granite will last you, provided you can choose a colour that survives several redecorations, you’re looking at a cost effective option. When you compare this to other materials, such as laminate, granite will last you a considerably longer stretch of time.

  1. Granite is available in a large range of colours, patterns, and finishes

Most shades are quite earthy, and you won’t find anything too ‘out there’ or bright, which is ideal for a kitchen which you want to be neutral and attractive. Choose carefully, but overall, the choice is very large.

  1. Granite is highly heat resistant

Because granite is so strong, and because it is natural, it is very heat resistant. It’s always a good idea to use heat resistant pads for your hot pans if you’re leaving them there for a long time, or regularly, but overall, granite won’t burn easily.

  1. Granite is easy to clean

You only need warm, soapy water and a soft cloth to clean your granite worktop. It’s always wise to avoid harsh chemical cleaners and abrasive sponges/clothes, and instead stick to methods that are as natural as the stone itself.

  1. Granite is readily available

Granite is very easy to find these days, and you’ll have several options in front of you. This is great because you can shop around and find the best deal for you.

  1. Granite usually comes with a long warranty

The length of warranty differs from place to place, but generally speaking, you can be sure of a long warranty available, giving you more peace of mind.

  1. Granite is quite low maintenance

White granite will need sealing annually to keep it in top condition, this is a quick and easy process. Aside from that, simple and regular cleaning is all that is needed.

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10 of The Most Popular Granite Stone Colours

Popular Granite Stone

If you have opted for granite stone for your new kitchen or bathroom worktop, you’ve chosen a very durable and strong stone. Congratulations! The benefits are going to be great.

If you’re not too sure at this point, these are the advantages of granite stone:

  • A very strong stone;
  • Highly heat resistant;
  • Available in countless colours, patterns, and finishes;
  • Readily available on the market;
  • Very attractive;

Now we know why you should choose granite, let’s check out ten of the best colours to opt for.

  1. African red – This relatively bright red base colour is decorated with flecks and large clusters of light grey, dark grey, and even black hues. When combined with black, white, or grey, this is a beautiful mixture.
  1. Andromeda white – If you’re a little scared of regular white, this is a great idea, as it is toned down by grey and slightly purple flecks, with grey lines running across it. You could easily combine this particular option with grey, black, white, or even purple cabinets!
  1. Angola black – The pattern running through this choice is really beautiful. The base colour is black, but the overtones are symmetrical and patterned in such a way that draws the eye in. The colours on top are white, darker black, and light grey.
  1. Angola blue – Wanting something a little astronomical? This is the perfect choice! The base colour is a dark blue but the pattern on top is a lighter blue, black, and silver, almost glittering.
  1. Antique brown – Perfect for fans of earthy colours, this particular shade has larger flecks running across the surface, and would look fantastic with any other neutral colour as a pair.
  1. Arctic cream – This is certainly a colour which is a little different, because instead of having flecks, this has lines, almost etchings, which are in a black or dark blue colour. When coupled with black or grey, this colour really pops.
  1. Baltic brown – The pattern on this shade looks like roses or cut trees, depending on how you look at it! This certainly sets it apart as something unusual, with a base colour of black, and varying shades of brown over the top of it.
  1. Bianco crystal – This is another colour which is ideal for those who may be a little worried about going all white. The undertone is certainly a bright white shade, but the top is covered in flecks, almost like a salt and pepper pattern, in dark blue, grey, and black dots.
  1. Black fusion – This is a very unusual but very popular shade to go for. Whilst the base is black, the top section is almost like a volcanic explosion! Ideal for plain kitchens, because this particular choice is very ‘busy’ in terms of the pattern.
  1. Blue butterfly – A mixture of black, blue, and grey, the black base colour is accented by large, almost bubble patterns of blue and grey. The blue is quite bright, so again, this would look great with plain décor kitchens.

With any shade, be sure to check it out in person before you make your final decision. Granite shades are all wonderful, but they do differ according to the light; whether we are talking about natural light or artificial light, there may be a slight difference that you need to take into account before you make your final decision.

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10 Beautiful Marble Colours For Contemporary Kitchens

Marble Colours For Contemporary Kitchens

Marble is a fantastic choice for kitchen counters, whether you have a traditional choice or something a little more modern. There’s no denying it however, contemporary kitchens look fantastic and are seriously on trend right now. Marble is the ideal combination, to give you a hint of opulence and timelessness in your contemporary design. Pair this with sleek appliances, silver handles to your cabinets, and keep everything as modern as possible, and you’ll have a fantastic décor you will want to keep for many years to come.

Obviously marble is a natural stone, and one which is available in countless different shades. You might be feeling overwhelmed at the choice, but here are ten of the most beautiful marble shades to throw into your contemporary kitchen plans.

  1. Bianco – This is a plain white marble slab, which looks fantastically white. This can be paired with countless other colours, and it has that timeless opulence going on, which marble is so famous for.
  1. Arabescato Vagli – Again, this is a white marble shade, which gives you that famous appearance, but to tone down the harshness of the colour, there are dark grey veins running across it.
  1. Botticino Classico – When paired with cream cabinets, or white cabinets, this particular shade of marble is delicious! The base tone is beige, and there are veins of darker beige and white running through it.
  1. Belgian Black – From the name you will have guessed that this is a black marble shade, but it is plain black, jet black, and that looks fantastic with white or cream!
  1. Rojo Alicante – If you want something totally different, this is the one for you! The red base colour is accented by black and white veins which run across it in varying thicknesses.
  1. Rosso Verona – Pair this orange marble base colour with cream or white and you have one of the most beautiful combinations for a small kitchen, really reflecting the light for extra space. The pattern over the top is a mixture of darker orange and red, almost in swirls.
  1. Verde – A large kitchen will really benefit from this mid-green swirl pattern of marble. Again, you can pair this with black or you can go for white to create a lighter mixture.
  1. Rosso Levanto – This is a very busy pattern that looks wonderful with a white or cream cabinet. The black and brown base colour is accented by white and brown veins which look almost like scribbles.
  1. Crema Valencia – Again, we have a beige/brown combination, which looks opulent with lighter coloured cabinets. The veins which run across it are in a darker orange shade, and run together to form a ‘cracking’ pattern.
  1. Marrone Imperial – Finally we have a very different kind of shade, but one which is extremely popular. This particular base colour is somewhere between gold and brown, and the top veining is in a ‘web’ pattern, of a lighter gold shade.

Remember to check out your preferred shade, or shades, in person. Visiting a showroom will give you a real view of the shade you’re thinking of choosing, remembering that certain lights can change the actual appearance. Check this out before you buy, and remember to shop around!

Marble is a fantastic choice, and one which is sure to look fantastic.

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Quartz Vs Marble – Which Will You Choose For Your Bathroom Vanity Units?

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When you are redecorating or even renovating a bathroom, you need to think very carefully about different aspects of the room. You need to install a bath or shower, if there isn’t already one there, you need to think about flooring, tiling, and you need to think about the overall décor too. Obviously, another thing you need to consider is the vanity unit.

A bathroom is simply not a bathroom without a vanity unit!

For this reason, we are dealing with a piece of equipment which is essential.

The biggest decision you have to make where your vanity unit is concerned is which material to go with, and then which colour or style to choose. Two of the most popular materials around are quartz and marble. These are both natural stone choices, but what sets them apart?

Let’s compare the two and see which one comes out on top.

Quartz For Bathroom Vanity Units

Quartz is a non-porous material, which means it doesn’t absorb water and it doesn’t harbour any germs or bacteria; in terms of a bathroom vanity unit, this is both a pro and a con. The non-germ harbouring side of things is definitely a pro, but the fact that water doesn’t absorb could be seen as a downside – this means that your vanity unit may have standing water on it for much of the time. Now, quartz doesn’t need maintenance, i.e. it doesn’t need regular sealing, other than the usual cleaning you would do anyway, and this is a definite plus point.

Quartz is also available in countless colours, patterns, and finishes, whilst also being very readily available on the market, so you can shop around for the best deal. Quartz is highly scratch and heat resistant, so you can put your hair straighteners down on the surface for a short time, without having to worry about burn marks.

Basically, quartz is a fantastic choice, and aside from the question of whether porosity is an issue or not, there are no major downsides at all.

Marble For Bathroom Vanity Units

Whereas quartz is non-porous, marble is certainly porous, and again that could be seen as a downside or an upside. On the upside, marble will absorb standing water, so it won’t be a wet or slippery surface, but on the downside this does mean that the material needs regular sealing, to ensure that the absorbed water doesn’t cause any cracking or weakening issues in the future.

White marble is an iconic choice for bathrooms, and has been used in public and high quality buildings for centuries – think back to the Ancient Greeks and Ancient Romans, they all loved white marble for their communal bathing areas. For this reason, you have a very opulent appearance when you choose white marble, although there are many other colours available too. The downside? Marble might not be as tough or hard-wearing as quartz, and it isn’t heat resistant, so you will need to use heat saving pads for your hair styling tools.

The end choice really is a personal one, and whichever option you go for, always remember to shop around to get the best deals on the market. Both options will look fantastic, and there are countless colours and patterns to choose from.

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How to Clean Marble Worktops and Tiles

Marble Worktops and Tiles

When you choose marble for a worktop, or you decide to go down the route of marble tiles, you are certainly making a very attractive and opulent choice. Marble looks fantastic, and provided you look after it properly, and give it due care and attention, it will certainly last you for a long time to come.

Marble has a reputation of being fragile and difficult to look after, but it’s really only about following a few guidelines, in order to keep your worktop or your tiles in perfect working order. Whether you have chosen classic white marble, or you’ve gone for something a little edgier, follow these simple steps to clean your worktop or your tiles. There is nothing particularly expensive in the repertoire of cleaning materials for marble, and it can be as easy as soap, water, and a soft cloth!

Never leave water standing on the work surface/tiles

Marble is a porous substance, so it will absorb liquids quite quickly. Absorbed water can lead to damage or cracking at a later date, so it’s always a good idea to try and minimise this as much as possible, whilst also ensuring that you seal your worktop or your tiles at least annually, if not more frequently.

Clean up spillages or acidic substances immediately

Marble is particularly sensitive to any spillage which is acidic, so it’s important to try and avoid these types of substances from coming into contact with the surface as much as possible, or clean them up straight away if a spillage does occur.

Clean with an all-purpose cleaner, water-based

It’s important to avoid any harsh chemical cleaning solutions, because these will damage your marble and leave it looking dull and etched. You can simply use a gentle all-purpose cleaner which is water-based, or a cleaning solution which is pH neutral. Apply this by filling up a spray bottle and simply spraying it onto your marble. Alternatively, warm, soapy water will do the job effectively.

Use soft, damp cloths, avoid anything abrasive

Scouring pads or anything which could scratch with an abrasive surface should be avoided like the plague where marble is concerned. Instead, use a soft, damp cloth, and a dry, soft cloth to buff the surface afterwards.

Remember marble maintenance

Marble requires sealing on a regular basis, and you can do this in-between by simply applying a sealing spray. This leaves a protective layer between the surface and the environment, and stops anything getting too close which could cause damage.

The rumour that marble is a fragile stone is entirely false. Yes, you do need to look after marble, but when you make an investment in any part of your house, you should look after it carefully. Provided you avoid anything harsh, you mop up spillages immediately, and you avoid chemical cleaners, there is nothing particularly difficult involved in cleaning and maintaining marble.

There are many sealing sprays on the market which can do the job without major upset or worry, but this is certainly a part of marble maintenance which shouldn’t be avoided. Providing that protective layer between the environment and the marble surface is imperative to keep your worktops or tiles looking fantastic for as long as possible. When you spend money, you should protect the item you’re spending cash on!

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5 Benefits of Black Quartz Floor Tiles

Black Quartz Floor Tiles

Black is always in fashion, whether we’re talking about clothing, shoes, or home décor; monochrome is a style we will rock for the rest of eternity! Black is also a colour which basically goes with everything else too.

Of course, when you come to renovate and redecorate your home, you’ll need to not only think about the wallpaper and paint, but also the hardware too. We’re talking about cabinets, worktops, and of course, flooring.

Flooring has also been a subject that causes problems, because not only does your floor have to be hard-wearing and safe, but it needs to look good too. Let’s tie the colour black into this – what are the benefits of going down the line of black quartz floor tiles?

Black quartz floor tiles look stylish

There is nothing more stylish and attractive than a black stone floor, no matter what finish you go for. Of course, you could jazz it up and go for a sparkle fleck in the stone, and that would certainly catch the attention, as well as the light! On top of this, black practically goes with every other colour, and is also great at hiding tiny bits of dirt that you simply don’t have the time to clean right at that moment!

Black quartz floor tiles are non-porous

Quartz is the only one of the natural stones which is non-porous, and that means it doesn’t absorb liquid and isn’t going to harbour any nasty germs and bacteria. This is a great plus point in the direction of hygiene. Obviously you will need to make sure that you dry your floor carefully if you get it weight, to avoid slippery spots, but the non-porosity definitely makes your floor tiles last longer.

Black quartz floor tiles are available in a variety of different shades, patterns, and finishes

You will be able to find a huge range of different shades of black – black is never just plain black! On top of this there are many patterns on offer, including that aforementioned glitter fleck which is so popular, and also many different finishes, such as polished and matte. You need to really check out the colour and finish carefully in person, because online catalogues don’t show you how they differ in natural and artificial lights.

Black quartz floor tiles are strong and hard-wearing

Quartz is a natural stone which is mined from the earth. This means that you are getting a very strong floor tile, which is going to stand up to many different tests. You are also getting cost effectiveness here, because quartz is known to be hugely hard-wearing, especially when compared to laminate and wood floors.

Black quartz floor tiles require zero maintenance

Our final reason to go with black quartz floor tiles is probably the biggest one of them all – quartz doesn’t require any maintenance other than the normal cleaning you would do anyway. Marble and granite require treating annually, and laminate and wood also require maintenance to differing degrees. After the initial installation, quartz requires nothing else, other than normal cleaning with warm, soapy water and a soft cloth.

The bottom line here is that black quartz floor tiles look fantastic, and no matter what shade or finish you go for, the appearance will be stylish, attractive, and certainly very long-lasting indeed.

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5 Beautiful Marble Stone Colours for Vanity Units

Marble Stone

A vanity unit can really make a bathroom stand out – having a sink unit with cupboards or drawers underneath it, usually with the mirror over the top, gives a central piece for the eye to fall on, and for that reason, you need to pick the material you build it out of very carefully indeed.

Marble is a very popular and beautiful choice to go for, and one which screams opulence and quality. If you choose marble, you are joining the elite, because even as far back as the Ancient Greeks, marble was chosen in places of importance, such as communal and private bathing areas. Make your bathroom as sophisticated as that famous space!

Once you have settled on marble, you need to then turn your attention to what colour you’re going to go for. No one slab of marble is the same as any other, because each slab has individual veins running through it – your marble vanity unit will not be the same as your neighbour’s!

So, what colours could you go for? There are countless, in fact there are far too many to mention, and each standard colour has an umbrella of different shades underneath it. To keep it simple, and to help make your choice easier, here are five of the most beautiful marble colours to go for.

  • White – White marble is the most popular and classic style to go for, and if you choose white then you are looking at a truly timeless appearance. White marble is never particularly standard, because of the veining which runs through it, so you will have a pattern to whichever shade you go for. There is a bright white for those who want to sparkle, or there is a slightly duller, off-white choice if you prefer.
  • Cream – If you are a little scared of white, as some people are, how about opting for cream instead? Cream marble looks delicious, and when you pair it with a grey, brown, or even black, colour scheme, you have a truly beautiful combination. Again, cream is never just cream, as there are many variations on the theme.
  • Black – Black marble is a great choice for those who are a little worried about the amount of cleaning maintenance that a lighter colour brings to the table. Black marble is solid, it is available in several different shades, and you can go for a lighter colour if you don’t want to darken your room too much.
  • Coffee colours – In this category we are talking about the browns, including the lattes, cappuccinos, and espressos of this world. These colours, when you factor in the marble veining, look fantastic, especially when you pair them with cream or white. There are many different shades of each, with each category also.
  • Green – Finally we have an aquatic shade to go for, which is ideal for bathroom vanity units. Green marble really does have a very opulent appearance to it, again, because of the natural veining and speckles which appear on the stone. Pair a light green with cream or white, and you will have a very calming bathroom space to enjoy.

When shopping around for the ideal marble colour for your new bathroom vanity unit, remember to check out colours in natural light and artificial life, so head to a showroom; this will give you the best information to work with.

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Top 10 Quartz Lunastone Colours

Quartz Lunastone

When you decide on quartz for your new kitchen or bathroom worktop then you are making a very wise choice. Not only do you have plentiful options in front of you in terms of colour and pattern, but you are also going to get some major advantages in terms of durability and product lifespan.

Lunastone Quartz is a naturally occurring stone, it is mined from the earth and it is kept pretty much in its natural state when it arrives in your home. You can expect around 93% natural quartz content in your worktop, with the rest being resin to add the colour you’re looking for. All of this adds up to a very strong and very natural work surface, and you have a few other benefits too:

  • Quartz is stain resistant to a very large degree;
  • Quartz is scratch resistant, also to a large degree;
  • Quartz is non-porous, which means it doesn’t absorb liquids and it doesn’t harbour germs which could lurk in the food you make on the surface, causing illness;
  • Quartz is also the lowest maintenance natural stone, because after the initial installation, it doesn’t need anything else doing to it, other than the regular amount of cleaning you would do anyway.

Possibly the only downside of choosing quartz is that you have to choose your colour from a very large range, and that can be difficult!

Quartz Lunastone is one of the biggest producers of natural quartz work surfaces, and they have a huge range of options available to you in terms of colour, pattern, and finish. It’s always a good idea to check colours out in real-life, rather than simply relying on the internet picture you see online, because certain lights can change their appearance, e.g. natural light and artificial light. Obviously, you also need to pick a colour which is going to ‘go’ with everything else, and which will also stand up to redecorations, without having to change the work surface every time you want to paint.

To help you out in your colour choice, here are ten of the most popular quartz Lunastone natural quartz worktop colours.

  1. Artico – White is a fantastic shade to go for, and this one is certainly up there with the most popular. This is white, but it isn’t 100% white, which gives it more flexibility and warmth; there are flecks of cream which appear across the surface.
  1. Bianco Luminoso – This is another white/cream choice, but to give it a little extra dimension, you will find grey and white marks or flecks across it.
  1. Cappuccino – Who doesn’t love a cappuccino? This shade is as luxurious as the drink itself, with tiny dark brown flecks to give it extra warmth.
  1. Nero Matallo – Black is always going to be in fashion, and this particular shade is made more servicible and less harsh by the white and grey shades which run through it.
  1. Bianco Metallo – This isn’t white, even though the name might lead you to think that, but it is grey instead, with darker speckles across it.
  1. Blu Luminoso – Obviously this is a blue shade, but the silver speckles which run across it really make it shine.
  1. Grigio Matallo – If you want to try grey but you’re scared to go too dark, this mid-grey shade is ideal, with tiny white marks which lighten it up a little more.
  1. Rossi Luminoso – Want to go a little ‘out there’? Try this red shade, which has grey/black speckles to add depth and to make it a little more homely.
  1. Tempesta – Grey is really making waves in the decorating world, and this particular middle of the road shade has darker speckles within it, to add a deeper flavour.
  1. Sabbia – Finally, but certainly not least, we have a cream and beige combination, which adds warmth and class to your kitchen.

Which will you choose?

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Pros and Cons of White Marble Countertops

White Marble Countertops

If you are thinking about opting for a white marble countertop, either in your kitchen or your bathroom, you might be a little confused about your choice, unsure even.

That’s understandable, because you hear so much about marble, not least white marble, that it’s easy to be a little swayed by opinion. What you need to bear in mind however is that white marble has been used throughout history to create an opulent appearance, and it does it very well! Think about the Ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Egyptians! They all used white marble in important places, such as communal bathing areas, and even areas of worship. For this reason, white marble has remained an integral part of décor throughout history, and whilst there are a couple of downsides to it, there are many upsides too.

Let’s check out both the pros and cons of white marble, to help you make your decision, and perhaps sway you towards a purchase.

Pros of White Marble

The appearance – White marble is basically beautiful, and no stone is the same as any other, with individual veining running through every single slab; your worktop will not be the same as your neighbour’s, even if you buy it from the same place, at the same time!

Constant cool temperature – Marble is a cool stone, even when it’s hot in the room. If you are a master baker, then this is fantastic for you, because it will help with your pastry making skills!

Widely available – White marble is a very common stone, despite the fact that you won’t find two slabs the same as each other. This means you can shop around for deals to lower costs. If you decide to go for a rarer shade, you should be prepared to pay a little more, but on the whole, costs are competitive and you can do a little bargain-hunting at certain times of the year, when sales are on.

Strong and long-lasting – The myth that marble is a fragile stone needs to end now! Marble is mined from the earth, and therefore it is strong and very durable, provided it is looked after in the right way.

Cons of White Marble

High maintenance – Whilst you’re not going to have to give your marble worktop TLC every single day, you are going to need to look after it a little more than you would with quartz or granite. After the initial installation you will need to re-seal the stone at least annually.

Marble isn’t stain or scratch resistant – No stone is 100% resistant to scratches and stains, but marble is a little more susceptible, because it is porous. For that reason, make sure you mop up any spillages when they happen, and also use chopping boards to avoid scratches from knives and other sharp objects.

There are certainly more pros than cons to white marble, and whilst you are going to have to look after your worktop, you’d do that anyway, right? A stone as luxurious as this really does deserve a little TLC from time to time, so make sure you show it the respect and care it needs, and you can be sure that your sparkling and opulent-looking white marble worktop will cater for your needs for a good few years to come.

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Pros And Cons of Composite Stone Worktops

Composite Stone Worktops

When you are trying to decide on what to go for with your new kitchen worktop, you might be a little confused at the choices in front of you.

You first think of the idea to replace an old worktop and you aren’t too stressed with the whole thing, but as soon as you start to do a little research, you will soon see that there are many decisions to make, and if you go down the wrong avenue, you could be wasting time and money.

For that reason, it’s important to know what your choices are, and to investigate them all thoroughly. The first real decision you need to make however is what you want your worktop to be made of.

You have the following options:

  • Stone
  • Laminate
  • Wood
  • Stainless steel

The last three choices aren’t as popular as the top one, and for that reason, we’re going to concentrate on the pros and cons of choosing a composite stone worktop.

Within this bracket you have three main choices – granite, quartz, and marble.

Pros of Stone Worktops

Strength and durability – We are talking about stones which have been mined from the earth, and therefore these stones are strong and they are durable. Composite stone worktops retain much of their natural elements, with only a small percentage of ‘false’ materials added, to give you the colour you’re looking for.

Minimal upkeep and maintenance – Unlike wood and laminate, stone worktops do not need much in the way of maintenance, however marble and granite will need to be sealed annually; quartz doesn’t need any maintenance after the initial installation process.

Large number of colours and finishes available – The choice is huge, no matter which stone you go for. This means that you can create the ideal space for you, although do be careful that you choose a colour which goes with the other parts of your kitchen, especially if you choose to redecorate.

Widely available – Composite stone worktops are very widely available these days, in fact they are probably easier to find and install then wood and laminate. Yes, you will need a stone worktop to be professionally installed, but this is generally included in the price.

Very professional appearance – A composite stone worktop will really look the part, no matter which type of stone you go for.

Cons of Stone Worktops

More expensive than wood or laminate – A composite stone worktop is going to be more expensive, but you do get what you pay for. You can easily shop around and find deals, especially if you shop during traditional sale periods, such as New Year, for example.

Needs to be professionally installed – You cannot install a composite stone worktop yourself, and it will need to be installed by the company you purchase it from. This is generally included in the cost, but always check to be doubly sure. Yes, this is an additional cost to consider, but for a professional service, again, you get what you pay for.

As you can see from these two lists, there are considerably more pros than cons, which is why composite stone worktops are so popular these days. Of course, to give you a rounded view of what you can expect, you should also look at the other material choices we mentioned, but overall, stone is popular for a very good reason.

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