Types of Stone Kitchen Worktops

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Stone worktops can be a show-stopping, practical addition to any kitchen, but there are a few different types of stone kitchen worktops to choose from.

We’ll be running over some key features of a few of the best options including quartz, granite, marble, and some man-made alternatives such as sintered stone and porcelain.

Types of Natural Stone Countertops

Each type of stone kitchen worktop has a different set of properties, making some more preferable than others for various reasons.

Most will require little to no maintenance, thanks to their hardwearing nature, but some, such as granite or marble will require a little more attention and resealing occasionally. This is because these options are entirely natural and therefore slightly porous and more vulnerable to wear from water and other substances.

This is balanced out to some degree by their completely unique nature from piece to piece. Granite, for example, is formed over long periods of time from magma below the Earth’s surface. Depending on the specific magma and how slowly it cools, different minerals and inclusions will appear in the granite, making each piece entirely different from the other.

Entirely Natural
Unique from piece to piece
Scratch resistant
Antibacterial
Maintenance level
Heat resistant
Stain resistant
Porous
Granite
Yes
Yes
Largely
No
Moderate
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sintered Stone
No
Largely
Yes
In some cases
None
Yes
Yes
No
Quartz
No
Largely
Yes
No
None
Yes
Yes
No
Marble
Yes
Yes
No
No
Moderate
Largely
No
Yes
Porcelain
No
Largely
Largely
No
None
Yes
Yes
No
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Choosing the Best Stone for Kitchen Worktops

When it comes to choosing the best stone for kitchen worktops, there are a few key factors to consider:

  • Maintenance level – some materials require more maintenance than others, in exchange for their natural formation, unique appearance and reputational prestige, and it’s worth making sure that you’re prepared for any upkeep involved, although none will be too frequent.
  • Budget – not only should you consider how much your material costs to buy up-front, but you should also account for long-term maintenance costs.
  • Appearance – certain types of stone kitchen worktops such as granite or marble feature completely unique appearances, whereas more modern manufactured stone worktops may sport more predictable patterns. It’s down to you and your personal taste as to what suits best.
  • Durability – if, for example, you have a family and your kitchen sees heavy use and not always the best care, you’ll want the most durable material you can get your hands on, but if your kitchen sees a little less wear and tear and more careful treatment, you can possibly afford to save a little toughness in exchange for a more luxurious material choice.

Best Stone for Kitchen Worktops – Expert Recommendations

Which material suits you best will depend on your particular budget, how heavy your use is, as well as your personal design preferences. Each material has its own particular use case, and we all have our individual aesthetic preferences.

If you’re struggling to make a decision, you can order samples of a few materials so you can see them in your setting.

To learn more about our kitchen worktop options, or to request a free, detailed quote, contact us using our form, call us on 01926 430626, or email us at sales@bmiworktops.co.uk.

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