Has the “Great ” British summer left you feeling somewhat underwhelmed? If you have a dose of the summetime blues, now it a great time to start a kitchen renovation or makeover project to lift those dampened spirits!
Upgrading a dated worktop with granite or quartz is a great way to breathe new life into an existing kitchen and add value to your property.In 2014 Need a Property magazine surveyed 2,000 home owners to determine their top house buying turn-ons.
The number one turn-on was a fitted kitchen at 36%, followed by granite worktops at 31%, confirming the kitchen is the key room when it comes to saleability of a property, and the room to focus on to add value.
So if you are comtemplating a summer kitchen makeover, maybe to prepare your property for re-sale, or simpy to refresh a dated kitchen, read this quick guide to the Pros & Cons on selecting the stone worktop thats right for you.
Quick Guide: Selecting Granite, Quartz and Marble worktops
Granite: The most popular stone for worktops giving a quality, luxurious feel to kitchens. The range of shades and patterns available means each surface feels unique, with choices perfect for modern and traditional kitchens alike.
- Pros: Very tough and resistant to scorching and mould, as well as being scratch resistant. Often cheaper than engineered quartz and composite.
- Cons: Its micro porous, so needs to be re-sealed after installation around every 18 months, particularly if its a light coloured granite. Light granite worktops can also be more vulnerable to staining.
Engineered stone – quartz: Engineered stone is made from a high percentage of crushed quartz – typically 93% – mixed with epoxy resin and fillers. There are many manufacturers, each with their own unique styles and colours, many not seen in natural granite. Quartz colours also follow the latest trends and kitchen designs with new ranges brought out every year.
- Pros: Up to five times harder than granite and non-porous, making them anti-bacterial and also very hard to stain. The quartz colour options are more even and consistent than with granite, so its good for long stretches of worktop.
- Cons: As theres a small amount of resin in there, its best not to put hot pans on it. If it does burn or is damaged in any way, its unrepairable.
Marble: Has the wow factor and, for some, theres nothing like its unique beauty, inherent elegance and timelessness. With its classic looks, it is also one of the less expensive choices in natural, hard-wearing worktop materials.
- Pros: It comes in a huge range of patterns and colours and each piece is unique. If you are OK with the worktops looking a bit scratched up, and developing a patina of use over the years, then marble may be for you.
- Cons: Its delicate and much softer than granite – watch out with red wine or citrus juice. Its easily scratched and unrepairable.
If you are thinking about replacing your kitchen worktops and need guidance or advice on any of the above materials, call Donna at Cheshire Granite Worktops on 01565 300065 for an informal chat.