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How to Choose the Right Kitchen Island Tops?

Kitchen Island Tops

When you are at the beginning of a kitchen remodel it may feel a bit overwhelming at first, but it does not have to be difficult when it comes to choosing and searching for the perfect kitchen island top. We have put together some excellent tips and pointers to help you find the best kitchen island top for you and your home.

Consider Your Lifestyle

Before you decide on the material or colour that you want to have for your kitchen island top, you need to firstly consider how you live within your kitchen and how you would use it. For example, if you have smaller children and prepare a lot of messy food then you most probably do not want to go for a white Granite kitchen island top.

Natural Stone or Engineered

After you have thought about how you would be using your new kitchen island top, you can then decide whether a natural or engineered stone would best suit your home. Natural stone such as Marble are much softer than Granite and therefore require much more delicate use and care. However, engineered stone is much more durable and very easy to maintain long-term.

Consider All Factors

When it comes to deciding on which kitchen island top you would like, you need to consider the cost, levels of maintenance and durability of the materials you are interested in. You should never go off the appearance alone to make a decision as you have to live with it and practicality is key. You also need to decide whether long-term costs such as sealing the surface is something you are happy to do, if not then an engineered stone is your best bet.

Hopefully this article has helped you on your way to deciding what material and colour you should go with for your brand new kitchen island top. Whatever you decide, make sure that it fits in perfectly with your style, personality and lifestyle.

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Quartz Composite Worktops – Pros & Cons

Quartz Composite Worktops

Quartz Composite has quickly become such a fashionable stone to use for home renovations, especially for kitchen remodels. It can be used for a range of purposes but it is particularly great for kitchens and bathrooms.
Hopefully this article is going to help you decide whether Quartz Composite is the stone for you to use when it comes to your kitchen worktops. Quartz Composite is such a brilliant material to use however it does not come without some downfalls.

Pros of Quartz Composite

With Quartz Composite being a man made and engineered stone, it means that it is available to purchase in a range of colours, styles and shades that will fit in with your style and personality. You will never have to settle for a colour or shade that you do not completely love.

Quartz Composite is perfect to use for high traffic areas such as kitchens and bathrooms as it is extremely durable. Quartz Composite is able to survive without being dented or scratches like other stones out there. As it has been man made, it has such a strong stone to use. You never have to worry about sharp objects such as knives within the kitchen as it is practically scratch resistant, however it is still recommended to use chopping boards as you normally would to help prevent any mishaps from occurring.
Not only all that, but Quartz Composite is a heat resistant material which can withstand over 500 degrees of heat, which means that hot pans, pots and plates will not affect the finish. However, despite its heat resistant qualities it is still recommended that you do not place hot things directly onto the surface to help the life span of your worktop.

Cons of Quartz Composite

While Quartz Composite is such a beautiful stone it does not have the same appearance as other natural stones, which is a problem for those who are wanting to recreate the natural appearance. If natural stone is the look you are after then Quartz Composite may not be the one for you.
Despite Quartz Composite being so perfect for kitchen worktops and bathrooms, it is very sensitive to certain chemicals which may make the daily cleaning a bit more difficult for you. You will have to be careful which cleaning products and detergents you use on the surface as it may damage your worktop. You are unable to use any products that contain a high pH level, which may cause problems when shopping and damage if you forget or misread labels.

Quartz Composite may be great for being heat, scratch and stain resistant but it is not entirely damage free as it may appear. While it is such a durable and strong stone, it can still be damaged so you have to still take steps to ensure that it is being taken care of appropriately.

While Quartz Composite has a beautiful appearance, it is not seamless. Quartz is only made up of a particular number of feet in both width and length, which means to make larger worktops your supplier will need to connect multiple slabs together which will create a not-entirely seamless look. This is something you need to consider when you are thinking about having Quartz Composite as your worktop material.

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Granite vs Quartz Kitchen Countertops

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You may be looking at this article because you are finding it tough to decide between Granite or Quartz for your kitchen countertops, or you may be weighing up your options. Whatever your reasons for being here, you need some help in deciding which is better – Granite or Quartz.
While both are great choices, both do have their pros and cons. This article is going to point out all the best bits and downfalls of both Granite and Quartz to help you decide.

Maintenance

Stones like Granite are not too great for those who are not wanting any long-term commitments and costs in terms of maintenance. You will need to consider and factor in these costs as Granite will need regular sealing to remain a non-porous material.
Quartz Stone, however, will never need any sealing and therefore perfect for those who do not want the hassle or expense of paying out for regular sealing.

Staining

Kitchen countertops are such a high traffic area and as you will be doing a lot of food preparation on the surface, spillages are to be expected. Granite is not a non-porous stone like Quartz is which means when you spill any liquids it will be soaked up into the stone which will then leave a stain.
Quartz Stone is a non-porous material which means it will never hold onto any liquids that have been spilt, which results in an easy clean.

Strength

Quartz Stone is by far the strongest material out of the two options. Quartz is entirely man made and has been made with 93% Natural Quartz and 7% Polymer Resin, which results in a strong stone. Quartz is known for being such a strong stone and beats Granite.

Price

Not only will you be saving in the long-term if you decide to choose Quartz for your countertops, but it is also the cheaper alternative to Granite for the initial purchase cost. Granite is usually much more expensive to purchase per square foot than Quartz, which makes Quartz the most affordable option here.

Hygiene

When you are looking at materials for your kitchen countertops, hygiene is a top priority as you will be preparing food on the surface directly. Quartz is by far the most hygienic material that you can purchase as it has been engineered and man made so that it prevents any bacteria growth on the surface. Granite, however, does not have this quality.

Appearance

When you are shopping around you are likely to want to see samples of the stone you are thinking about purchasing. When you look at a sample of Granite you may not get exactly what you see in the shop. Granite can have huge differences in colour as it has been dyed commercially.
When you look at a Quartz Stone sample you can expect to receive exactly what you are seeing in front of you as it has been manufactured and it will remain the same colour and style that you are looking at. As Quartz has been created within a controlled environment, you can expect to have zero defect or problems within your slab.

Cleaning Routine

Quartz Stone is by far the easiest to keep clean and all it requires is warm water and a mild soap to wipe it over with, this is more than enough to keep your kitchen countertop looking fresh. Granite, however, requires regular sealing to ensure that it is water proof and is not as easy to keep clean as Quartz.

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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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