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Kitchen worktops quartz

Kitchen worktops quartz

Sat, Feb, 2015

Kitchen worktops: the ultimate guide

We offer a wide range of materials a for kitchen worktops, including stone worktops such as granite, quartz, marble, quartzite, Corian and Hi-Macs LG.

 

Bespoke stone worktops require templating which can be measured up only once the units are fixed in place.

All our worktops come in a variety of thicknesses and finishes.

Standard thicknesses in natural stone are 20mm and 30mm whilst other products such as quartz and solid surfaces are available in non-standard thickness of 12mm and 13mm.

Each stone is unique and as such its properties vary according to the type material ( i.e. granite, marble, quartz, etc) and resistance to different elements these are exposed to such as heat and scratch resistance, wear and tear and hard water amongst other factors. Branded materials for kitchen worktops quartz, solid surfaces, porcelains and ceramic come with a guarantee which differ according on the manufacturer and type of material.

Compac White Ama Kitchen Worktops

Worktops features and benefits

 

CharacteristicsHeat ResistanceScratch resistanceStain resistanceSealingAnti-bacterial propertiesWarrantyPrecautions
QuartzAn extremely hard wearing, low maintenance technical quartz available in over 300 colours across the different brandsUp to 160°CExtremely highHigh resistance to stainingNot requiredExtremely high due to its practically non-porous propertiesRanges between 2-30 years according to the brand/manufacturerDo not stand on worktops. Do not place extremely hot items directly from the oven, we recommend using a trivet to avoid cracking of the stone. Avoid hitting your worktops with anything blunt and heavy
GraniteNatural granite is available in a range of over 500 colours. Each granite is unique in terms of colours, patterns and natural markingsBetween 160°C-200°CExtremely highHigh resistance to staining. Darkest granites are the most resistant to stainsRequired. Sealing does not make the stone stain proof, rather it makes the stone stain resistantHigh due to its extremely low absorption propertiesNot available on natural productsDo not stand on worktops. Do not place extremely hot items directly from the oven, we recommend using a trivet to avoid cracking of the stone. Avoid hitting your worktops with anything blunt and heavy
MarbleNatural granite is available in a range of over 300 colours. Each marble is unique in terms of colours, patterns and natural markingsBetween 130°C-150°CLow. White marbles are more scratch resistant but less mark resistantMedium-low resistance. The lighter the marble, the more susceptible to stainsRequired. Sealing does not make the stone stain proof, rather it makes the stone stain resistantHigh due to its low absorption propertiesNot available on natural productsDo not stand on worktops. Do not place extremely hot items directly from the oven, we recommend using a trivet to avoid cracking of the stone. Avoid hitting your worktops with anything blunt and heavy. Sealing cannot prevent etching
QuartziteNatural quartzite available in a range of over 40 colours. Each quartzite is unique in terms of colours, patterns and natural markingsBetween 160°C-200°CExtremely highHigh resistance. The lighter the quartzite, the more susceptible to stainsRequired. Sealing does not make the stone stain proof, rather it makes the stone stain resistantHigh due to its extremely low absorption propertiesNot available on natural productsDo not stand on worktops. Do not place extremely hot items directly from the oven, we recommend using a trivet to avoid cracking of the stone. 
LimestoneNatural limestone available in a range of over 80 colours. Each Limestone is unique in terms of colours, patterns and natural markingsAlways use trivetsLowLowRequired. Sealing does not make the stone stain proof, rather it makes the stone stain resistantHighNot available on natural productsDo not stand on worktops. Do not place extremely hot items directly from the oven, we recommend using a trivet to avoid cracking of the stone. Avoid hitting your worktops with anything blunt and heavy. Sealing cannot prevent etching
TravertineNatural travertine available in a range of over 80 colours. Each travertine is unique in terms of colours, patterns and natural markingsAlways use trivetsLowLowRequired. Sealing does not make the stone stain proof, rather it makes the stone stain resistantHighNot available on natural productsDo not stand on worktops. Do not place extremely hot items directly from the oven, we recommend using a trivet to avoid cracking of the stone. Avoid hitting your worktops with anything blunt and heavy. Sealing cannot prevent etching
SandstoneNatural sandstone available in a range of over 40 colours. Each sandstone is unique in terms of colours, patterns and natural markingsUp to 1700°CLowMediumRequired. Sealing does not make the stone stain proof, rather it makes the stone stain resistantHighNot available on natural productsDo not stand on worktops. Do not place extremely hot items directly from the oven, we recommend using a trivet to avoid cracking of the stone. Avoid hitting your worktops with anything blunt and heavy. 
Slate Natural slate is available in a range of over 20 colours. Each slate is unique in terms of colours, patterns and natural markingsExtremely highLowLowRequired. Sealing does not make the stone stain proof, rather it makes the stone stain resistantHighNot available on natural productsDo not stand on worktops. Do not place extremely hot items directly from the oven, we recommend using a trivet to avoid cracking of the stone. Avoid hitting your worktops with anything blunt and heavy. 
SoapstoneSoapstone is available in a range2 or 3 natural colours. Each soapstone is unique in terms of colours, patterns and natural markingsHighMediumMediumRequired. Sealing does not make the stone stain proof, rather it makes the stone stain resistantHighNot available on natural productsDo not stand on worktops. Do not place extremely hot items directly from the oven, we recommend using a trivet to avoid cracking of the stone. Avoid hitting your worktops with anything blunt and heavy. 
LG Hi MacsA mix of acrylics and natural minerals installed without visible joints. Available in over 100 coloursBetween 160°C-180°CHighHighNot requiredHigh10 years availableDo not stand on worktops. Do not place extremely hot items directly from the oven, we recommend using a trivet to avoid  resin burning. Avoid hitting your worktops with anything blunt and heavy
CorianA mix of acrylics and natural minerals installed without visible joints. Available in over 40 coloursBetween 160°C-180°CHighHighNot requiredHigh10 years availableDo not stand on worktops. Do not place extremely hot items directly from the oven, we recommend using a trivet to avoid resin burning. Avoid hitting your worktops with anything blunt and heavy

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