With many different kitchen worktop material choices on the market, it can be tricky to know which option would be best for your needs. Today, three of the most popular options for kitchen worktops are quartz, granite, and marble – each with its own unique properties, from durability to customizability.
Quartz Kitchens specialise in stone kitchen surfaces, with their diverse offering including, but not limited to, granite, marble, quartz, and porcelain. Operating throughout London, Surrey, Middlesex, Berkshire, and Essex, their friendly service team and experienced technicians are here to help you achieve your dream kitchen.
Below they have provided a detailed breakdown of the best kitchen worktops on the market and what they have to offer.
One of the most popular kitchen surfaces currently on the market, quartz has achieved its popularity for good reason too. One reason for the surge in requests for quartz worktops is due to the varied customizability that the material offers.
Quartz is a manufactured material, typically comprised of around 90-95% quartz with the remaining amount formed from the resins and polymers that bind it together. During the manufacturing process, pigmentation can be added to the material to provide unlimited colour possibilities.
As quartz worktops are also non-porous, they are stain-resistant. This makes it a simple task to clean up any spills with a cloth and simple cleaning solution without fear of permanently damaging the worktop.
It’s also worth noting that quartz worktops are extremely durable and resistant to cracks and chips. Quartz worktops can handle double the impact of granite and have four times the flexural strength (how much bending stress can occur before breaking).
Quartz worktops are available in 12mm, 20mm, and 30mm thicknesses. Mitred edging is also an option available to you, should you wish to opt for a thicker edge.
We work with industry-leading suppliers and fabricators from across the UK, you can find links to their respective offerings below: SILESTONE | CAESARSTONE | COMPAC | DEKTON |NILESTONE | CIMSTONE | EVEREST STONE | UNISTONE | NOBLESTONE.
Granite is another popular option on the market for those seeking a hardwearing and durable worktop material. While not as durable as quartz, granite is a natural stone as opposed to a manufactured material, which means that every slab of granite is unique.
Another favourable quality of granite is that it is heat resistant, making it possible to place hot pans directly on the surface of the worktop. We would, however, still recommend utilising trivets and potholders.
As well as its heat resistant properties, granite is also UV resistant, meaning it will not fade over time with exposure to the sun. This makes it the ideal material of choice for outdoor BBQ’s and outdoor stairs.
In a similar vein to granite, marble countertops are also made from a natural stone, meaning that the worktops will showcase the natural imperfections and unique quality of the stone. You can prefer Marble Worktops as they make your kitchen look more luxurious.
As marble is a relatively soft material, it is easier to shape and cut during the fabrication process, making more advanced edges and designs possible with minimal risk of chipping.
A popular material that was first used over 2,000 years ago for countertop purposes, marble retains a timeless quality that maintains its popularity in the modern era. While a variety of styles and designs are available, marble does lack the customizability found in manufactured materials such as quartz. No two slabs are ever the same, so consistency in pattern, book-matching and vein-matching are not available, making joints more visible.
To learn more about Quartz Kitchens’ diverse offering, see Quartz Kitchen’s website or view their Instagram page for creative ideas. Their dedicated team will be happy to answer any questions or queries that you may have.