Granite worktops are still one of the most popular materials for kitchen worktops, but there are also other materials that you might find interesting. There are both manufactured and natural stones, so you will be able to choose from a range of materials that each has its characteristics. Continue reading and find out the best alternatives to granite kitchen worktops.
Quartz is a manufactured product, made of natural quartz and resins. This combination has proven to be game-changing when it comes to resistance to staining. Resins form a waterproof surface that no liquids can stain. Quartz gives the worktops sturdiness and durability. Quartz has some of the most impressive colour palettes, with almost any colour you imagine available.
Marble is another stone that has been popular for decades now. It is a natural stone that is known for its beauty. It represents luxury, which is why it is often used in hotels, banks…When it comes to using in the kitchen, marble is very durable and easy to clean. It is also less resistant to staining, so you should seal it several times a year.
Limestone is a material that has a similar appearance to marble, and it is often used as a replacement for it. It is a natural stone that looks particularly good paired with wooden, non-dyed cabinets. It is also less resistant to staining, which is why you should seal it regularly. It is almost as hard as granite and will not break or crack under pressure. Limestone can withstand well different temperatures without any damages- it won’t break when you put a hot pan on it.
Quartzite is another natural stone that is even harder than granite. It is a good option for particularly busy kitchens because even if you have often dropped a heavy object on your worktops, it will not break. Like any other natural stone, it should be sealed. The number of times per year is depending on the colour you have; darker colours tend to be denser than lighter and you will probably be able to get away with sealing them just once a year.
Out of the all-natural stones, slate is the one that is the least porous. That means that it will be more resistant to staining than the others, and will be easy to clean for that reason as well. The cleaning is handled with just soap and water and a soft cloth. It also needs less frequent sealing, approximately once a year.
Numerous options can be a good alternative to granite and it is best for you to inform about the pros and cons of each material. Several factors can determine your material choice, such as the colour you opt for, the budget, your manners of use…
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