Stone worksurfaces - which one is right for you?

17 June 2021

Stone is fast becoming a favoured material for kitchen worktops around the world as more people are abandoning wood and laminate in favour of this multi-feature alternative. Whether you opt for natural stone or manufactured stone, this popular material boasts a timeless, luxurious look, as well as possessing the degree of strength and durability needed to withstand a kitchen environment. And with many colours and patterns to choose from, it’s easy to find a stone to suit your décor at The Kitchen Bureau.

There’s a reason that marble has been used for hundreds of years in grand homes, palaces and temples. It possesses a timeless elegance which is truly striking. Why is this, though? Well, whether the variety of marble that you select is white or coloured, the crystallisation within the slab gives the stone an unique iridescence. Even if a space is already bathed in natural light, this reflective stone widens the perspectives of a room. For darker or smaller kitchens, the brightness of marble stone makes the space appear brighter and larger.

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Natural granite offers an outstanding look that can be both opulent or rustic depending on the style or colour you choose. No two pieces of granite are the same, and therefore it’s the perfect choice if you’re looking to put a unique stamp on your property. Granite is one of the hardest materials on Earth, formed millions of years ago beneath the Earth’s surface. Granite countertops are extremely hard wearing and easy to clean and maintain, making them ideal worktops for kitchens and bathrooms. A granite worktop can also add value to a property as it is a highly desirable feature and adds a touch of class to any home.

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Quartz surfaces are around 93 to 94 per cent natural quartz mixed with 6 to 7 per cent polymer resin. Available in a variety of neutral and monochrome tones, its natural shine and sparkle lifts any room. The patterning tends to be more regular than natural stones, making it versatile to use. It’s both stain and heat resistant, which comes down to the engineering process in which resin is integrated into the surface. This feature makes the countertop non-porous too. The practical benefits of this are that it provides a very hygienic kitchen surface with very low maintenance requirements at a lower price than natural stone surfaces.

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Call The Kitchen Bureau on 029 2240 5580 for more information.

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