Sometimes when it comes to choosing the right material for your granite or quartz worktop, it may be considered to be the most important but also the most difficult step. The minimum lifetime for the worktop is 20 years; therefore it is very necessary to make the right choice. Of course the beauty of natural granite will always remain the same yet style may change, which could lead to confusion in terms of choosing the right one. However do not worry, our job is to help you so you are satisfied with your purchase.
Please feel free to use our online estimator, it is a great way of guiding you step by step through the whole process, or simply email us or send kitchen plans through fax. Our team is there to provide you with more accurate price estimates for your worktops. However please bear in mind that it is important and crucial for us to receive your contact details, as we need to get in touch with you regarding the worktop, further details, clarification if required etc.
After everything is recalculated regarding the measurements and specification of your worktop, we shall send you the carefully revised plan either through email, fax, or simply by calling you in terms of the price of your worktop. Remember to feel free to contact us if you require any further or additional information as we are here to help. Eventually once the presented price plan is approved by you, the next step will come which will be:
Right after arranging with you a specific date and time for templating, we will send one of our well experienced fitters to your premises. It is important that template is the most important part of the entire process, this is because the following stages of eventually cutting out the worktop, will be based on precise measurements which were took during the template. This means that it is necessary to have all kitchen cabinets fully fitted and in the right position, and after the templating takes place, they cannot be changed. When our fitters arrive at your premises and begin the templating, they will be able to provide you with any information that you require, as well as providing you further advice or simply answer any questions – therefore please feel free to discuss any matters with them.
After the template is completed, the specific chosen material can finally be cut into certain sizes. However before actually cutting it out we check the slabs and assure ourselves, as well as the customer, that your granite or quartz worktop is being produced from the premium quality material, which will keep you satisfied for years. Our very experienced professional workers will transform the material based on the template into a masterpiece which will be then fitted during the installation process. This brings us to the last part of the process, and the most interesting one involving:
Eventually when the specific date is arranged for the installation, our fitters will deliver all the pieces, and put them together creating an exclusive granite or quartz worktop. However before this procedure takes place, please make sure that a nearby parking space is available, preferably as close to the premises as possible. Furthermore please keep in mind that the fitters need full access to the kitchen, or other working areas must be provided, so the procedure can be completed quickly and efficiently, after just a few hours. In the end, when everything is finished, all you can do now is simply enjoy your granite or quartz worktop.
Granite is a material made directly from igneous rock, formed from magma. Considering its name, it is made up of large mineral grains. Depending on where the granite originates from, and where it is made, the composition will be associated, involving the final mineralogy as well as texture and chemical composition. Most granite worktops are dense-grained tough stones, meaning it is not vulnerable to scratching or staining. Furthermore, due to its originality and uniqueness a wide range of colours and finishes is available.
Most Common uses for granite
Because granite is such a durable and long lasting material, it is perfect for worktops and other surfaces that may be constantly used. Areas such as kitchens , Utility rooms, bathrooms are perfect places for granite worktops. This includes floors and table tops as well as interior & exterior cladding, paving monuments and many others. Take a good look what is under your feet next time you will be walking through the shopping malls, galleries business centers, hotels- granite is there, either as a flooring or wall cladding. What is the first thing you notice when entering someone else kitchen? Its worktop ! Granite worktop really catches your attention, and raises the standard of your property. That’s not all. Check the section below to find out why we recommend granite worktops so much.
Overall, granite simply lasts forever. Because it is so tough, it makes it almost impossible to scratch; moreover it would take a lot of effort to manage some clearly visible scratches. If you try hard enough, you will get a scratch when cutting on the worktop or when chopping things- but it is quite difficult to do so.
However still it is recommended to use chopping desks, especially for hot pans and pots, this is because granite doesn’t accept extremely hot materials right from the oven or hob. They can create a ring on the worktop itself, making it very hard to remove.
When granite worktops are sealed, it will not stain under typical everyday use, it is very unlikely to be stained. In addition it is important to know that if granite requires sealing, it is highly suggested to repeat this action every four months. However some granite worktops are very dense and do not require sealing. Sealing is quite easy, as these days you get so many cosmetics designed for maintaining the granite worktops . All you have to do it spray the sealant all over the worktop, and swipe it with a cloth. It is that easy, and will only take a few minutes- just like with regular cleaning. Apart from the sealants you can purchase regular cleaners, colour enchanters any many other products made to be used on granite worktops.
Furthermore granite surfaces can be easily damaged by citric acid, coffee, tea, alcohol, wine, bleaches etc. Only as long as the spillage is left for many hours, and it is why spillages should be swiped up immediately, simply to avoid unnecessary damages. If you leave spillage of any from the above for a longer while, even the best sealant may not be enough to protect your worktop. So, to prevent yourself from a nasty surprise after a party, make sure you swipe the spillage from your worktop before you go to bed, otherwise it may not be that easy to remove it next morning.
The natural beauty, distinctiveness and unique look comes from it being an ordinary yet natural stone. This means that every slab is different from each other and so it’s impossible to find the exact same copy. Remember, that if you are interested in something original, or something that would stand out as your worktop, compared to any other surfaces, feel free to visit us or our suppliers for more information on specific granite kinds. We will show you exactly what you’re looking for and how it can easily be transformed into a granite worktop.
Granite may have many finishes, such as polished, honed, anitcato, flamed or even brushed. It all depends on the project that specific material will be used. It is strongly recommended to have granite worktops with polished or honed finish, and anticato or brushed finish onto granite laying on the floor.
Quartz is an non-natural stone which consist of 94% quartzite and other materials such as mineral pigments, resin detritus etc. It all depends on the kind of the quartz itself. Unlike granite it has a high resistance to staining, however when it comes to similarities between granite and quarts, they are both resistant to corrosion as well as scratches. Of course, same as granite, it will be easily damaged if something hard is dropped on it; however nothing simple scratches it easily. Furthermore quartz is a man-made material containing a huge variety of colour options, such as plain, imitation of natural veins or even an effect of shining mirrors reflecting light, with the purpose of adding more style and fashionable look to modern kitchens. The most common use for quartz are kitchen worktops, utility rooms, bathrooms, window sills, tiles for floors and walls and even counters in bars and pubs amongst many other places. Quartz is very elegant, fashionable and most importantly a hardwearing product that offers a wide field of possibilities in terms of designs, as well as a variety of choices when it comes to colour.
Quartz that our company uses is produced by worldwide known companies, and therefore includes a minimum of 10 years warranty, making it easy for our company to supply our customers with premium quality products and materials, which will serve you for a lifetime!
Most common uses for Quartz
Same as granite, quartz is such a durable and long lasting material, it is perfect for worktops and other surfaces that may be constantly used. This includes floors and table tops as well as interior & exterior cladding, paving monuments and many others. Furthermore quartz may have many finishes, such as polished, honed, anitcato. It all depends on the project that specific material will be used. Same principal as with granite worktops, is to have polished finish on kitchen worktops, as it makes the cleaning and maintaining much quicker and efficient. Polished finishes are much easier to swipe with any cloth, rather than picking up small bread cramps from a worktop with anticato finish, which is quite effective when used on the outside, as the finish on the material makes it less slippery.
Marble is a special kind of rock that came from the composition caused by pressure and huge amounts of heat which is characterized by different shapes of specific colours from impurity. It has been used for thousands of years, when it comes to art in architecture, and can take a very high polish. The best examples are statues made in ancient Greece and Rome, as Italy is one of the biggest exporters of marble.
Most common uses for marble
Interior and exterior paving as well as wall cladding, fireplaces surrounds, residential and commercial worktops, even table tops amongst others. Marble doesn’t weight as much as granite, therefore is much more popular for wall cladding, and with regards to paving, you probably walk over marble floor each single day without even knowing about. Most of the houses have fireplace surround made of marble, same principal for bars and restaurants- you may be dining from a marble worktop or table without even noticing it.
Facts about marble
Marble is a very delicate and soft material, it contains a lot of natural tiny holes which can enhance its delicacy , however they aren’t visible for a human eye. The biggest disadvantage of it is that unlike granite or quartz marble scratches and stains very easily.
In order to prevent marble from staining it is suggested to seal it with proper sealant that stops any liquids to travel through the layer, making it very secure from typical staining. Since it is much porous material compared to granite it has to be sealed much more often. Only then it will remain beautiful and secured.
Since marble is a limestone material, it isn’t used for worktops as often. This is because its structure is very soft; it can be easily suffer to scratches etc. When it comes to surfaces we constantly observe, such as kitchen worktops, it is better to use granite or quartz due to its durability. However in terms of surfaces where not much attention is focused on, marble is a great solution, especially considering its beauty.
It is also available in honed, matt or polished finishes.
Taking care of your granite.
It is important to avoid cleaning products which may contain specific acids within them. Such as citric acid etc. these acids are often contained within products aimed at cleaning surfaces which may be covered with limestone. After combining a granite worktop or quartz with such acids, the surface stops shining and may even fade.
All kinds of bleaches need to be considered, as they may affect the colour changes, this involves mainly marble worktops.
It is safe however to use the washing up liquids, however still we don’t fully recommend this.
In terms of marble, the safest is water, it is also important however that it is not mineral nor distillated, as this may cause dark colouring. As the granite, quartz and marble is so popular, there is a massive selection of products and cosmetics to use on them. Not only they will make the process of maintenance much quicker and effective, but it will help to protect it as well. You can purchase different types of cleaners in most of the stores, simply look for a product which is designed for granite or marble cleaning and protecting. Some of them will be for cleaning only, while others will apart from cleaning seal the worktops and add extra shine to them. There are plenty of brands selling products particularly for those types of worktops, who has been providing you with them for many years. We strongly recommend products made by Lithofin or by Akhemi for granite and marble worktops, as Quartz manufacturers will have their branded products for cleaning and maintaining quartz worktops.