Frequently Asked Questions About Kitchen Worktops

Is quartz worktop better than granite?

Quartz and Granite are both great options for kitchen work surfaces. Whether a granite or a quartz is better for you will depend on your lifestyle and what you are looking for in a work surface. Our team would be happy to can talk through all of our different products with you.

Quartz is maintenance free as it is virtually non-porous, but granite is beautiful and unique!

Is quartz cheaper than granite?

There is a large range of costs with both granite and quartz. The price of granite depends on availability – the rarer the stone the more expensive but there are some very cost effective granite options too. The price of quartz depends on the manufacturer and brand but all the quartz we offer has a 90% stone content so are the same in terms of quality.

What are the advantages of quartz worktops?

Quartz surfaces are non-porous and very hard wearing. They do not require sealing, making them very low maintenance. There is a huge amount of choice when it comes to colour, pattern and look which makes quartz a very popular choice for a kitchen work surface.

What are the disadvantages of quartz worktops?

Quartz is made of approximately 10% resin, which binds the stone together. For this reason it cannot tolerate extreme heat (so hot pans and dishes from the hob and oven cannot be placed on the surface). Although quartz is very strong it is not indestructible and heavy knocks can cause chips on exposed edges.

 

GRANITE WORKTOP FAQ

 

Which is better, granite or quartz?

Quartz and Granite are both great options for kitchen work surfaces. Whether a granite or a quartz is better for you will depend on your lifestyle and what you are looking for in a work surface. Our team would be happy to can talk through all of our different products with you.

Can you put hot pans on granite?

Granite is a natural product and is fairly tolerant to heat but we recommend the use of trivets for hot pans from the hob or oven. Extreme heat shock (if the granite surface is very cold when a hot item is placed on it) can cause a crack.

What are the advantages of granite worktops?

Granite provides a beautiful and unique option for kitchen worktops. Granite is available in a variety of colours and patterns and is sourced from all over the world.

What are the disadvantages of granite worktops?

Being a natural stone product, granite will need to be resealed from time to time. Lighter granites tend to be more porous so would typically require resealing annually whereas darker granites are naturally denser (and would require resealing every 5 – 10 years). Like quartz, granite is no indestructible so heavy knocks can cause chips on exposed edges.

 

MARBLE WORKTOP FAQ

 

What is more expensive, marble or granite?

There is a large range of costs with both granites and marbles and there are options to suit most budgets. Price is usually dictated by the rarity of each stone.

What are the advantages of marble worktops?

Marble provides a beautiful and unique option for kitchen worktops and marbles are sourced from all over the world.

What are the disadvantages of marble worktops?

We do not recommend marble for kitchen work surfaces as it is usually a very porous and soft material (meaning that is can stain and scratch quite easily).

 

CERAMIC WORKTOP FAQ

 

Are ceramic worktops good?

Ceramic is hard-wearing, extremely durable, heat and scratch-resistant surface. It is relatively new product and is more expensive than Quartz and Granite