A popular worktop for kitchens, granite is a natural stone that comes in many different colours depending on where in the world it is quarried from. It is cut into large slabs taking between 5 to 7 days for each block before being polished with diamond tools. Although granite is slightly porous and needs occasional sealing, it is dimensionally stable which means that it doesn’t warp when exposed to water making it perfect for Belfast or under mounted sinks.
Quartz is a natural mineral that is ground up and mixed with resin and pigment to produce a granite-like surface with the added bonus of being non-porous and stain resistant. Some brands such as Silestone add an anti-bacterial to their quartz’s making a family friendly worktop. Because it is engineered, there is an enormous choice of colours from natural looking seams to bold block colours or maybe some added sparkle.
Corian is made from a mix of acrylic and natural minerals to make a non-porous, bacteria and stain resistant worktop. Corian can be joined together almost seamlessly to create coved upstands and integrated sinks with no cracks for germs to grow. It comes in over 100 colours and can be formed into almost any shape making your imagination the limit.
Wooden worktops give a comforting feel to any kitchen and are the cheapest of the solid surfaces for if you’re looking for that Belfast sink. However, areas around the sink are prone to rotting after a several years so any water needs to be quickly removed and it needs regular sealing. This is often a popular choice for a kitchen island as it looks beautiful with granite or quartz worktops.
Karndean is a new type of laminate flooring that looks and feels like real stone or wooden floors but with the benefits of being easy to care for and warm to the touch. It is supplied in tile format for easy and precise fitting and can be customised with your choice of grouting colour or with a feature strip around the room.