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What Does It Mean If Your Worktop Is Non-Porous, & Why Does It Matter?

If you’re in the process of looking to purchase worktops for your home, you may have come across the terms ‘porous’ and ‘non-porous. We often hear non-porous used frequently as a top-selling point for worktops, but do homeowners really need to know what this recurring term means?




In short, yes, consumers need to have a fundamental understanding of the term to choose the right worktop type that fits in with their needs and lifestyle.


What Is a Non-Porous Surface?


Non-porous in its simplest terms is something that is not permeable to any outside influences such as air, water, and other kinds of fluids.


For example, if a kitchen worktop is non-porous, the material cannot allow or contain any air or water inside it. Pores are microscopic openings or crevices which allow air and water to travel through them; non-porous worktops do not contain these pores and therefore block any substance from flowing through.


Why Pick Non-Porous?


Choosing a non-purpose worktop assures homeowners that any undesired substances such as water or even bacteria cannot work their way in. Therefore, when wiping the top of a non-porous worktop after use with a clean cloth, you can be assured that the surface is both dry and clean all the way through.


With a non-porous worktop, you can rest assured knowing that water from spillages or cleaning is not loitering inside the material, supplying moisture needed for mould to harbour. All non-porous worktops are also antimicrobial and therefore inhibit the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi.


Examples of Non-Porous Worktops


There are a wide variety of non-porous worktops available to homeowners; these include -

  • Corian

  • Quartz products such as Cambria, Silestone and Corian Quartz

  • Solid Surface

At RO Surfaces, we are suppliers of 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 contact a team member. 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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