If you are in the market for new countertops in your kitchen it might be confusing trying to decipher the differences between newer, man-made materials available. Here, Granite Worktops UK (a leading creator of bespoke granite and quartz worktops) offers an overview of some of the most popular materials to help you sort through your options.
Man-made materials use a combination of natural quartz and other materials such as resin, binders and pigments to create uniquely designer friendly options that are also extremely durable. Because of their durability many are not permeable which means they do not require high maintenance care such as regular sealant application. As well they are perfect for worktops allowing for direct chopping as they are highly scratch resistant. Because they are man-made they are also custom designed to meet a growing demand for new colours, textures and finishes not possible through the use of natural stone. Additional pigmentations add wide and varied colour choices whereas additional materials such as coloured glass, mirrors, seashells and brass rasping add depth and sparkle. Last but not least most of the products are highly hygienic to help protect against bacterial growth.
- Composition: 93% quartz and 7% polyester resin binder and pigments
- Durability: High scratch and abrasion resistance safe from knives and other objects. Low water absorption is easy to clean and highly stain resistant. No additional polishing required for long lasting beauty.
- Design and Colour: Available in a variety of different colours and textures. Includes additional materials for interest such as mirror, seashell, glass, brass rasping and basalt for a distinct and stunning design detail.
- Composition: Around 93% natural quartz blended with raw materials
- Durability: Never needs sealing with minimal maintenance for long lasting beauty.
- Design and Colours: Widest selection of colours available in the industry as well as design details and texture options.
- Composition: Made from quartz and a binding resin.
- Durability: High density material, non-porous, low maintenance and hygienic with superior resistance and durability.
- Design and Colours: A wide range of colour options are available and consistency of colour is maintained throughout the engineered stone and selection of textures.
- Composition: 93% selected natural materials with a binder, filler and pigments.
- Durability: Smooth, non-porous and resistant surface that can be used in a number of different ways.
- Design and Colour: Highly design conscious with four design options as well as a number of surface finishes from polished to antiqued and brushed to slate. Ranges include:
- “Sand” with a fine, uniform surface
- “Granite” silica sands with natural granite
- “Mirrors” compact mirror-like granules for a high gloss finish
- “Crystal” quartz imported from high quality locations around the world.
- Composition: Quartz granules and resin
- Durability: Surface comparable to the durability and strength of diamonds. Scratch resistance and impermeable for stain resistance.
- Design and Colour: Available in both dark and lighter shades ideal to match to wood and stainless steel. Three finishes include polished, easy-clean and shot-blasted.
This overview can help you understand the main differences looking at the composition, durability and design and colour choices available.