The right worktop can make a massive difference in your bathroom or kitchen. If you choose a good worktop, the chance is good that you will be making use of it for many years to come. And a good worktop will make it easier to do your tasks, especially those that you usually do in the kitchen or bathroom.
But amongst the many kinds of worktops available nowadays, which one should you choose? The answer is simple: the most durable and the most appealing, of course. And when it comes to durability and appeal, nothing says it more than quartz and granite.
Quartz, or engineered stone, is a great choice for various reasons, and the same can be said for granite (or natural stone) as well. But what is it that makes these materials so special? Let’s have a look:
The beauty of quartz
As mentioned, quartz is actually an engineered stone made from a combination of 97 percent quartz bits and 7 percent resins and pigments. Quartz worktops are available under various names and brands, but all these brands have one essential factor in common: they can all be classified under the name ‘Bretonstone’, because they are most likely manufactured using a Breton machine. Breton machines are available in most countries in the world, except in the UK. Interestingly enough, the quartz worktop that you may end up purchasing in the UK will likely have been imported from international suppliers, and may have merely been fabricated in the UK.
Quartz worktops are available in a wide range of colours and hues, and their surface is extremely durable and long-lasting. In addition to this, quartz worktops are non-porous and can have a nice sheen as well. You can also choose to have a quartz worktop with added anti-bacterial qualities to make your bathroom or kitchen more hygienic.
The beauty of granite
Granite is a natural stone, and this in itself makes it a popular option for the most selective customers and homeowners. And since granite is natural, no two slabs are exactly alike. If you are looking for a really unique touch for your bathroom or kitchen, then a granite worktop is for you. Granite is not entirely uniform in colour or pattern, which can add more personality and character to your bathroom or kitchen as well.
Granite is also known for being one of the toughest materials, expressly designed to withstand normal wear and tear and even heat and stains. As a matter of fact, the hardness of granite comes to six on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness.
If you are thinking of purchasing a dark or black granite worktop, you have to make sure that the granite is not prone to vents or shakes. This is why it is always a good idea to stick with reputable granite worktop suppliers that can give you a better guarantee (and service as well).
What you should know, however, before you buy a granite worktop is that granite often has naturally-made fissures, and these fissures may actually have the appearance of cracks – but they are not. As a matter of fact, these fissures do not affect the strength or function of the stone, but are rather seen as contributing to the stone’s natural beauty. If you are planning to purchase granite worktops, you should also be mindful of doctored worktops where a dye has been applied to make it look blacker or shinier. To test if a worktop has been tampered with, wipe the surface with a clean cloth dipped in some lemon juice or acetone – if there are streaks or residue, then it may have been doctored.