Granite is an igneous rock, meaning it is denser, harder and less porous than other rocks as a result of having been through more heat and pressure during its formation.
It is suitable for many applications including kitchen worktops, bathroom worktops and tiles and flooring especially in high traffic areas.
It’s even frost resistant so it can be used outside and it can be supplied in rougher finishes, including honed, brushed, flamed or flamed and brushed for more anti-slip properties.
It is our most popular kitchen countertop material next to engineered quartz.
One of the great benefits of granite is that it comes in a wide range of colors which are naturally created when the stone is formed, and can include variations of colors such as white, black, gray, blue, brown, red, green and yellow.
Limestone is a sedimentary rock consisting mainly of calcium which tends not to take a polish and mainly comes in a honed (matt/flat) finish.
Limestone has a high natural strength, durability and resistance to corrosion, in fact limestone’s density means that it can last for centuries and is actually one of the most enduring of all natural building materials.
Limestone is exceptionally weather-resistant and while it does naturally corrode over time, the corrosion is superficial and won’t impact the structural integrity of the structure.
It also has significant non-slip and heat-resistant properties which are highly revered.
Marble is a hard crystalline metamorphic rock which is a denser product of limestone as a result of having been through extreme heat and pressure.
These forces cause the limestone to change in texture and makeup and fossilized materials in the limestone, along with its original minerals, form large, coarse grains which are emblematic of marble.
The characteristic swirls and veins of many colored marble varieties are usually due to various mineral impurities which were originally present as grains or layers in the limestone.
Most marble surfaces tend to take a high polish and the timeless beauty of marble has long been appreciated throughout the history of mankind, with its name deriving from the Greek language for “gleam”. Some quarries in the Mediterranean regions have been producing marble ever since.
Engineered quartz is made up of 90% quartz with the addition of flexible resins, a combination that typically has the strength of granite but with better impact resistance and more forgiving installation options.
The strength of quartz means that it is also naturally resistant to scratches, dents, and even acidic stains and will often last a lifetime, reducing the need for replacement.
One of the appealing features of engineered quartz is its wide variety of colors, patterns, and textures which are more consistent than in natural stone and can often be customized to a specification.
The surface texture of manufactured quartz depends on how the quartz is ground where coarsely ground stone produces a flecked appearance, while finely ground has a smoother look.