How To Choose The Right Type Of Stone For You
With such a wonderful range of stone to choose from, I understand if you feel overwhelmed! To help simplify things, here's some information about the three main types of benchtop: granite, marble and engineered stone.
Please call and arrange a time to drop into our showroom. It would be my pleasure to answer any questions and show you what else is available. Even if we don't have what you want on hand, I can use my contacts in the stone industry to locate exactly what you desire.
Granite provides the elegant look of natural stone that has been adored throughout Europe for thousands of years. It's one of the hardest, toughest materials available. With proper care and maintenance, your granite benchtop will look breathtaking for many years.
As granite is slightly porous, these benchtops need to be resealed periodically. Joins will be visible when your benchtop is installed but we are careful to individually dye the adhesive so it matches the colour of your unique benchtop. Like any natural stone, no two pieces of granite are the same. This means the colours and patterns on your benchtop can differ from the showroom sample. (If you want to know exactly what your benchtop will look like, you are welcome to visit our factory and see the actual slab for yourself.)
Some of humanities most brilliant artists have used marble as their medium. As marble is softer and more porous than granite it is easier for a sculptor to work with. Unfortunately, this also means marble is more likely to scratch and stain. For this reason, the classic elegance of marble is generally reserved for bathrooms rather than kitchens.
Many popular benchtop surfaces, such as CaesarStone and SmartStone, are examples of engineered stone. Sometimes called 'reconstituted' stone, these products are made by crushing natural stones like quartz, granite or marble and mixing them with a resin or polyester base.
Unlike natural stone, the colours and patterns of engineered stone are very consistent and uniform. It is a matter of your own taste whether you prefer this appearance to the look of natural stone. Due to the resins and polymers used in manufacturing, these materials don't have to be sealed.