When it comes to a newly refurbished kitchen, very few things are more critical than a top-quality worktop. A good worktop can become the soul of your kitchen, complementing the themes you pick and making your entire cooking experience more fulfilling.
So it is natural that when you spend a pretty penny on your Homebase worktop, you need it to suit your tastes and complement your style. When it comes to picking up quality worktops, you do not need to look further than Marble, Quartz and Granite.
So you might be wondering why we have picked the three of these premium materials and why we believe that they will make a quality kitchen worktop. Simple, when it comes to looks, durability, ease of maintenance and of course cost there is nothing out there in the market that can compare with these materials.
All of these materials are durable and can resist scratches. They can also withstand high temperatures, so you don’t have to worry about placing hot pans on them as they will not scorch.
Above all, worktops need to be highly functional as they are in constant use. They need to be able to function as a surface for prepping, cleaning and often eating. You need to consider which material is right for you and your everyday demands. All three of these materials fit the above criteria.
When it comes to maintenance, all 3 materials are relatively easy to keep in top shape. However, one of the cons is that there needs to be a sealant applied at regular intervals for marble and granite worktops. This sealant is necessary because both materials are, by nature very porous. The sealing helps maintain lustre and resistance to staining.
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Marble is a fantastic Homebase worktop stone for your dream kitchen. It is a stone that gives back to its owners provided it is given the necessary time and care. This natural stone has an air of timelessness, and it oozes luxury.
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Most of us, at some point in our lives, had marble flooring, and it is one of the smoothest and comforting stones around. Furthermore, it’s one of the less expensive worktop stones compared to Quartz and granite.
Some of the advantages of having a marble worktop are:
- Stain-resistant: Marble worktops need to be sealed once in a while to ensure that they remain stain-resistant. There are some rumours you may have read over the internet about marble staining easily. However, this isn’t true. A good block of marble is to an extent quite stain resistant
- Easy Cleaning: All you need to clean marble worktops is a damp cloth with chemical-free detergent. As easy as you like.
- Versatile and Durable: Marble worktops are in huge demand due to their versatility and durability. No need to fret over leaving hot pans on a marble surface.
Granite is a tough stone that is 100 per cent natural. It is mined from quarries all around the world, cut down to a manageable size, and then polished for an elegant finish. Due to its nature, no two stones will ever be identical in properties. As a result, there is a lot of variety when it comes to choosing granite.
Granite is known as the king of worktops, and this is for a good reason. These worktops are so common because of their long term reliability and their uniqueness. They possess a certain charm that just cannot be copied artificially, and this is why granite is such an industry favourite.
Some of the advantages of picking granite over any other kind of material are:
- Hardness and Heat Resistance: When you select a granite worktop, you be confident that it will outlast every other appliance you have in your kitchen. Granite worktops are incredibly heat resistant.
- Scratch Resistance: These worktops do not scratch easily. This being said, we still do not recommend that you do your chopping directly over a granite surface. Leave that for your cutting board.
- Variety: As we said before granite stones come in countless shapes and sizes. They have different hues of the same colour. If there’s a colour that you need, you’ll find it.
Quartz is the only material on this list that isn’t all-natural. Quartz countertops are man-made engineered stone countertops formed by combining 90% ground quartz with 8-10% resins, polymers, and pigments. It is these pigments that give Quartz it’s granite-like appearance.
Quartz is completely non-porous. The sealing for this stone is taken care of during the manufacturing process itself. This means that the added burden of regular maintenance is no longer hanging over your shoulders.
Although Quartz is pretty heat resistant, it can still be damaged due to excessive heat. Keep this in mind if you plan on placing hot pans on your worktop. Or just consider buying heating pads and this will not be a problem.
Some of the cool advantages that Quartz has over other worktop materials are:
- Durability: Quartz is actually harder than granite. In fact, it is nearly indestructible.
- Stain Proof and Antibacterial: Quartz is not porous like granite or marble; this means that stains aren’t a concern.
- Maintenance: Like granite quartz Homebase worktops just need to be cleaned with the help of soap and water. Maintenance will not be an issue.
If it came down to the price, all three materials could rack up quite a bill. Marble, Granite and Quartz worktops range from upwards of £300 per metre. However, we firmly believe that when it comes to your dream kitchen, a quality worktop is something that pays you back over time. We believe that each of the above materials does possess their own strengths and weaknesses. When picking your worktops, this is where good thinking will help you out.
Are you looking for a natural look, a kitchen where you can place hot pans directly on the surface? If so, look no further than granite. Do you think that you want your kitchen to have a more luxurious feel and have no problem with regular TLC and maintenance? If so then marble could suit you. Or do you need a more colourful and less natural look, one which is highly scratch resistant? If the answer is yes, then look no further than Quartz.