Bespoke Stone Kitchen Worktops
For many people, the kitchen is the most important room in the house, and there’s no doubt that beautiful stone kitchen worktops can make or break the room. With our years of experience designing, manufacturing and installing bespoke kitchen worktops, we are confident that we can provide worktops that will enhance your kitchen for many years to come, at an affordable price.
The first step in choosing your new stone kitchen worktop is to visit our showroom. There, you can speak to a member of our team who will discuss your requirements and will be pleased to show you the range of materials and colour options. We can also explain the various custom kitchen worktop features available including a variety of edge details, sink options, drainage options, hob options, splashbacks etc.
Choosing a material can be difficult so here is a description of the different materials we use and their makeup.
Granite is an igneous rock made up of primarily quartz, feldspar, micas, amphiboles, and a mixture of additional trace minerals. These minerals and their variation in abundance and alteration give granite the numerous colours and textures we see in granite worktops.
This natural material is mined in block form and then cut into slabs with one face finished. For worktops, 2cm and 3cm are the preferred thickness although on occasion 4cm can be obtained.
It comes in a variety of custom kitchen worktop surface finishes and a wide range of colours and patterns with each slab being completely unique. This material can look both classical and modern depending on colour choice and setting and will always need to be sealed.
Manufactured Quartz Stone
Manufactured Quartz Stone is a manmade engineered stone formed by combining 90% ground quartz (a natural hard mineral) with 8-10% resins, polymers, and pigments. This forms a very hard granite-like surface.
The appearance depends on how the quartz is ground: coarsely ground quartz produces a flecked appearance, while finely ground quartz produces a smooth look. The Manufactured Quartz Stone is supplied in slab form with the slab sizes ranging from 1.3 metres high by 3.0 long to 1.6 metres high by 3.2 metres long depending on the manufacturer.
This material is extremely hard and durable and is available in a variety of custom kitchen worktop surface finishes and a wide range of colours. It benefits from being non-porous and stain-and-crack resistant and does not require sealing or resealing, being easy to clean with a mild soap, water, and a soft cloth. It has all the advantages of granite but does not have the variation in colour and pattern that occur with a natural material. Quartz has a very modern look.
We are proud to be agents for BQS Quartz, Caesarstone, CRL Quartz, Quartzforms, Silestone and Unistone.
Sintered stone is a matrix of minerals heated (sintered) to form a solid impenetrable slab material with a surface that is extremely difficult to etch, scratch, burn or stain.
We are able to provide a custom kitchen worktop in 1.2cm, 2cm and 3cm thickness, depending on the manufacturer. Not all Sintered stones are full bodied materials (the colour and pattern running through the complete thickness of the material) with some of them having a printed surface. Printed materials need to be edged in a specific way to obtain a coloured and patterned finished edge. This material comes in a variety of surface finishes and a wide range of colours with a few representing the look of specific marbles.
Special training has be undertaken to be able to sell and manufacture Sintered Stone and we are proud to be agents for Dekton, Lapitec and Neolith.
Marble is a metamorphic rock formed when limestone is exposed to high temperatures and pressures.
Marble forms under such conditions because the calcite forming the limestone recrystallizes forming a denser rock consisting of calcite crystals This natural material is mined in block form and then cut into slabs with one face finished. For our use 2cm is the preferred thickness although on occasion 3cm can be obtained.
It comes in a variety of surface finishes and a wide range of colours and patterns with each slab being completely unique. Marble is a much more porous material to granite and is not best suited to being used for kitchen tops but is perfect for use in bathrooms. This material will always require sealing.
Caring for Your Stone Kitchen Worktops
Both granite and marble are porous and should be sealed before installation as this will give the necessary protection for use in the kitchen and bathroom. Quartz however is a more stain resistant material and does not require sealing. The following are the basic instructions for keeping your surfaces looking their best:
- Always mop up spills immediately, this will avoid any difficult to remove stains appearing. Acidic substances like wine, coffee, fruit juices, tomato sauce and sodas can etch the surface and cooking oils may soak into the surface if left for a prolonged length of time.
- You can clean the surface using a sponge with soapy water or a soft cloth. Soapy water may over time leave a residue on the surface of the material dulling the polish, so rinsing off soap is recommended. A clear uncoloured household antibacterial surface spray may also be used and wiped dry after spraying. Always try a small are first. To bring the shine up we advise using the spray that is provided when we install. Replacements are available through our showroom.
- The use of trivets or coasters is recommended for placing hot pans on the counter tops. This will prevent damage to the polished surface. The use of Trivets is appropriate for all types of counter top surfaces not just those made of natural materials.
- Always use a chopping board to prepare food on and a pastry board for rolling pastry. This will prolong the life of your countertops.