There are many materials to choose from and each coming with its own unique properties. Check where each material stands and how it may be better suited for you.
Granite is a naturally occurring rock formed in the earth's crust from the cooling of lava composed of between 20% and 60% quartz by volume, and at least 35% of the total feldspar consisting of alkali feldspar.
Granite kitchen worktops are one of the most popular worktop stones in UK. It’s stylish, beautiful and is associated with luxurious kitchen design schemes. If treated correctly, will look amazing for years to come. Granite is also a great option for tile floors.
The size of natural slab granite normally used for countertops is 9 feet, 6 inches long by 5 feet, 6 inches wide and comes in thicknesses of 20mm or 30mm.
Pros: Very durable, Hard-wearing, Heat resistant, Antibacterial, Easy to clean and Prone to cracking.
Cons: Expensive, Needs to be sealed regularly, Very heavy and Need to be installed professionally.
Granite is a natural stone therefore its veining and pattern varies from batch to batch. Customers are encouraged to view the slabs in person before buying.
Warranty: Most of Granite suppliers don't offer any warranty. Sensa by Cosentino offers 15 Years Warranty. Read More.
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Quartz is a man-made, alternative to materials such as granite and marble, compromising of around 90% natural stone (Quartz) and other stones and bound together with the further 10% as a polymer resin to create one of the strongest, luxury and customisable worktop on the market.
Quartz has become ever more popular over the years. Quartz countertops are just as strong as granite but have the added benefit of being more flexible making them less likely to chip or crack.
With thicknesses of 12mm, 20mm and 30mm and jumbo slabs up to 3200mm x 1600mm it’s great for large islands, flooring, bathrooms and cladding, for Home and Business.
Pros: One of the most attractive features of a quartz worktop is the combination of a natural stone look and feel, naturally resistant to staining and scratching with the low-maintenance properties making it ideal for busy kitchens.
Most suppliers send out free samples
Cons: There aren’t many cons to this engineered stone. The biggest concern for some will be the price.
Warranty: Most suppliers offer 10 Years - Up to Life Time Warranty. See the list of top Quartz brands & warranties in UK.
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Marble is a metamophic rock - a natural stone created when limestone is subjected to intense heat and pressure. It is one of the most popular worktop materials in luxury kitchens, bathrooms and floorings comes in thicknesses of 20mm or 30mm. Marble has many unique properties that make it a valuable rock for homes and industries, and can be seen in churches, city halls, and historic buildings. However, Marble countertops are beloved by homeowners for their beauty and natural colors. When it comes to selecting kitchen countertops, classic white marble remains the top choice for many homeowners. It is a common choice when it comes to marble flooring in the UK.
Pros: luxury look and feel, high heat resistant, cost-effective, depending on the type of marble you choose.
Cons: While good-quality marbles, such as the world-famous products from Carrara, But the cons of marble are not to be ignored: porous (can stain) soft (can scratch, chip, and etch) expensive (more so than wood, laminate, or tile).
Similar to Granite, Marble is a natural stone therefore its veining and pattern varies from batch to batch. Customers are encouraged to view the slabs in person before buying.
Warranty: Most marble suppliers don't offer any warranty.
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Solid Surface Composite Worktops
Solid surface worktops are manufactured from at least 66% natural minerals, blended with polymer resins and colours to make them even stronger and more resilient than the solid natural stone.
Solid surface kitchen worktops are the perfect addition to any home can be shaped, joined and formed into a variety of shapes and designs. And since, the hidden joins are one of the key points as to why people choose resin worktops, Solid Surfaces like the Corian brand can make joints be completely invisible.
Suitable for kitchens, bathrooms, hospitals, surgeries, laboratories, sensitive areas.
Pros: Very durable, Non- porous and does not absorb any liquids. Seamless joints mean there is nowhere for germs to accumulate, Low maintenance and Flexible in design.
Cons: Expensive, Can be easily damaged by heat, easy to scratch.
Warranty: Up to 10 Years Warranty. See popular Solid Surface Brands & Warranties.
A truly modern alternative to real marble, ceramic worktops with a marble-inspired finish make a luxury addition to your kitchen and bathroom. and can be paired with any other material.
Ceramic is an iconic material, having been used for centuries to create beautiful, functional objects and decorations. With great scratch, heat and stain resistant and food can be prepared directly on the surface, Ceramic is extremely hard-wearing and durable.
Pros: Highly durable, Anti-Stain, Luxury, High heat & UV resistant and Easy to maintain.
Cons: Expensive, Avoid anything that contains bleach.
Warranty: Up to 25 Years. See popular Ceramic Brands & Warranties
Solid Wood Worktops
Bringing natural wood into a kitchen gives real warmth into your space. Whether you are after a contemporary or traditional kitchen. Wooden worktops are incredibly durable and looks good with almost any colour scheme and in almost any kitchen style and never goes out of fashion .
solid wood is a great solution, as long as you are willing to put the work into its maintenance, ensure the sink area is dried regularly and also oiling is required every 6 months, it should last for as long as you want it to. When it comes to knife marks and stains, you can sand them away, which is not an option with other worktop surfaces. However, overall it is not ideal for a heavy working kitchen.
Pros: Cheaper than stone options, Durable, Antibacterial if maintained, Flexibility in design, Easy of installation and Looks great with age
Cons: Requires extra maintenance than any other materials, Can become stained and Can scratch.
Warranty: Up to 5 Years.
Laminate is made by bonding a stiff brittle sheet (which might have the appearance of wood, stone or man made materials) on to a chipboard substrate.
With laminate being one of the most popular worktops on the market, If you’re on a budget, laminates are the best choice and you could fit a laminate worktop yourself to save money if you confident in your skills. Offering hundreds of finishes, from veined marble to concrete and wood to patterns so you can get the look of real wood or stone, without the price-tag. This worktop is so versatile with a scratch and heat resistance of up to 200°C (but can't compete with solid stone or quartz). All laminate worktops available in a vast variety of sizes with a maximum length of 4 metres, which is great for longer kitchens with minimum joints.
Pros: cost-effective, durable, easy to maintain, easy to clean, flexibility in design, ease of installation, hard-wearing, scratch and heat-resistant.
Cons: Peel, burn or even melt, and become unhygienic, porous (means they can absorb water) not recommended for luxury kitchen.
Warranty: Up to 2 years.