You’ve decided to install a stone benchtop in your kitchen or bathroom. But how do you determine what type of stone you want? Here are a few tips:
The best way to maintain your new stone benchtop is to keep it clean. Standard polished engineered stone is fairly easy to clean. Most spills can be wiped up with a damp cloth. However, some spills may stain the surface if they’re left on the surface for an extended period of time. If this happens, you’ll need to use stone cleaner recommended by the manufacturer. However, if the stain is too severe, you’ll need to contact the manufacturer to have it removed. Also, the more honed or matt surfaces are hard to clean.
If you’re after a neutral look for your kitchen, consider a soft grey benchtop. These colours go well with a variety of styles, including modern and classic. Mid-tone shades of grey are great for kitchens that look clean and tidy, but also complement darker appliances and furniture. They’re also a good choice for a dining island, which is more functional than decorative. If you’re concerned about stain-resistance, try white Caesarstone or Corian. Both will stay clean and crisp for years with little maintenance.
Engineered stone is the second most durable natural stone benchtop material. It’s more expensive than natural stone, but offers many benefits. The durability of engineered stone is high, but it’s not terribly robust. If you drop it on the floor, it will chip, and the colour will change. It is also not UV-stable, so it’s not suitable for placement near a heat source. It’s also porous, which means that if you spill something on the stone, it will stain.
These are made of all-natural ingredients, and are non-combustible. They are also available in large format slabs. Caesarstone is UV-resistant, so it can be used outdoors without fear of fading. Caesarstone is also produced in thinner profiles than other types of benchtops, ranging from six to twelve millimeters thick. They’re perfect for vertical applications and modern design treatments.
Stone Benchtop Connection popular choice for stone benchtops in Melbourne.