When attempting to create a new look for your kitchen, choosing the ideal worktop to fit your design desires can be both demanding and time-consuming. There is a vast selection of worktop materials out there for you to incorporate into your home, and this can often make the selection process tough often placing homeowners in a challenging position when picking a worktop which fits both their lifestyle and space. Your perfect kitchen worktop should require low maintenance, be both versatile and durable all while having its unique design style. Taking all these factors into consideration, quartz and granite are two types of igneous rock which meet the perfect worktop specifications.


When deciding what material to instal for your kitchen worktops, both granite and quartz are popular materials. Not only do these materials add a decorative aesthetic to any kitchen, they individually provide their own advantages. Granite is a tough substance, making it the ideal choice for people who want a durable, long-lasting worktop. Whereas quartz is non-porous, making it highly stain resistant. However, both materials will not disappoint in terms of aesthetic appeal.


Quartz Worktops


Quartz worktops are human-made engineered stone worktops, and they are formed by combining 90% ground quartz (one of the hardest minerals found in the earth) with small amounts of glass or metallic pigments, to add diversity, resulting in highly attractive worktops. Additional benefits of quartz are that it is incredibly hard and durable. It is a non-porous material and therefore very resistant to cracks and stains. Consequently, to these properties, quartz worktops never require to be sealed.


Since quartz is not natural, and instead human-made, your options for colours and designs are endless from natural colours like whites and blacks to more unique colours such as blues or pinks. When compared to other materials, quartz worktops have a unique and glossy finish which can bring character to any kitchen. Quartz is the most common material in the earth’s crust, and mining it affects the environment a lot less than mining other, rarer elements, another benefit why quartz is the perfect worktop material for your home.


Granite Worktops


Similarly to quartz another commonly used material for worktops is granite. Granite is a natural rock which is drilled, chiselled and blasted out of quarries in large blocks, special milling machines then cut the rock into workable slabs which are then polished for use in homes. Unlike quartz, granite worktops are more vulnerable to staining. Therefore we highly recommend that you get any granite surface sealed to prevent any discolouration or blemishes appearing on your worktop. To keep granite sparkling, clean with hot water and soap after usage.


Due to its weight and strength, granite is thicker and more durable to similar materials, making it resistant to scratches and able to resist temperature changes. As granite is a natural stone, it doesn’t have the same extensive range of colours as quartz. The slabs also do have their imperfections as it is not manufactured artificially. Therefore if you want to have worktops which match your kitchen’s decor to the tee, it may prove extremely difficult to find the right design or shade.


At R.O Surfaces, we are proud to have installed and manufactured hundreds of fantastic quartz and granite worktops. You can see a range of our work here - https://www.rosurfaces.co.uk/porfolio, or get in touch directly to see what we can do for you, 0191 4477440.




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When choosing new worktops for your kitchen, there are a lot of factors to consider, such as appearance or durability. #Granite is one of the most popular materials chosen for kitchen countertops. Derived from genuine natural stone, Granite is widely utilized in homes due to its timeless aesthetic and practical qualities which makes it an ideal surface to be installed into any modern kitchen.


Below are examples of why we think Granite is a favourable choice for your countertops -


Long-lasting

Granite is very unlikely to scratch or chip, making it tougher than most common countertop options. Daily, your kitchen worktop will be used as a food preparation surface, a hot pad or even a cutting board. Because Granite is such a hard material, it can withstand scratches from general kitchen wear and tear.


Heat resistant

With its heat resistant qualities, Granite can make your cooking experience much more convenient. Unlike other materials, it will not be harmed or weakened by exposure to heat, making you feel more at ease about where to place hot pots or pans as it can withstand the warmth without any damage.


Easy to clean

A very hygienic surface, Granite is naturally resistant to bacteria. However, this does not mean it is impermeable to germs and should be cleaned down after cooking. Nevertheless wiping down is effortless and since Granite can’t stain there will be no need for scrubbing.


Lots of shades

Granite colours are most commonly pink, white, or variations of grey and black, which offer a luxurious and elegant aesthetic. Granite work surfaces will provide any kitchen with a luxury premium appeal, and you can be assured that it will be the focal point of any cooking area.


Stain-resistant

The natural stone’s hardness gives Granite its resistance to staining. When adequately sealed the stone won’t absorb any liquid allowing it to look fresher for longer.


At RO Surfaces, we are fabricators and suppliers of Granite Worktops, our factory and showroom are located in Swalwell; however, we can deliver worktops throughout Newcastle and the whole of the North East. If you are interested in our expert stone services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team. Our large selection of stones derives from all over the world, ensuring we have a product suited to everyone. Give us a call on 0191 4477440 or visit our showroom, Unit 2 Foundry Park, Swalwell, NE16 3DS.


Interested in seeing more of our work? Head over to our portfolio - https://www.rosurfaces.co.uk/porfolio



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0191 447 7440


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