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Should you wish for a different surface area, we can join pieces of stone together, however it is best to speak to your cabinet maker for advice on your design first.[/vc_column_text]
Types of Stone and their Applications[/vc_column_text]
Travertine varies in colour from dusty whites to silver-greys, to gold, coral red and toffee, available with the small holes filled or unfilled, this stone can be effectively polished creating a classy and sophisticated appearance.
Travertine is suitable for both internal and external applications.[/vc_column_text]
Below are some of our suggestions, but they are by no means exhaustive and we highly recommend that you speak to us directly about your needs so that we can tailor our recommendations to you personal needs.
For many the ultimate combination of quality, durability and uniqueness is encompassed by granite. In particular, darker tightly grained granite is known for its durability, and is sometimes even used as exterior cladding on buildings. Granite has highly stain and scratch resistant, in addition exhibiting high heat resistance. Acidic products such as lemon juice are also not likely to affect granite. Furthermore, granite can be polished to a very high gloss level.
Quartzite has similar properties to granite and is very durable, if not more durable than granite. Quartzite differs though in that it offer colours and patterns similar to marble and sandstone. This is why Quartzite is an ideal choice for bench tops, particularly when trying to create that wow factor.
Marble is another great natural stone for those looking to create a feature island bench or splash-back with beautiful patterning and colour. However marble is not as durable as granite, and generally has a lower stain and scratch resistance too. It’s worth noting that marble does react with acidic products such as lemon juice, which can cause etching on polished marbles.
Quartz/Composite/Engineered stones are also popular for bench tops. These reconstituted stones are a durable product and because they are man-made the colour of the stone is controlled, offering very uniform subtle patterns in light/white colours, which is not available in granite. Engineered stone is also highly scratch, stain and acid resistant, but being resin based is not as heat resistant as granite. Keep in mind that reconstituted stone is not generally suitable for outdoor use as it is UV sensitive.[/vc_column_text]
Exposure to direct sunlight for extended periods can cause colour fading, therefore engineered stone is not recommended for use in exterior applications where the product is exposed to direct sunlight.
Consult with our experienced stonemasons for individual product manufacturer’s recommended uses.[/vc_column_text]
Despite reconstituted stone being highly stain, scratch and heat resistant, this does not mean that it is full proof. Engineered stone’s scratch and stain resistance properties do not make it stain proof.
We always recommend that you take care of your engineered stone and consult us if you have any questions relating to a specific product that you are interested in.[/vc_column_text]
Taking Care of Your Stone[/vc_column_text]
We do not recommend that you ever put hot cookware directly on the surface of reconstituted stone. Therefore we advise that you always place very hot pots, pans and trays onto a wooden chopping board or heat trivet. It’s also suggested that electric fry pans and slow cookers are used on a wooden chopping board.
As a rule of thumb, natural stone can withstand more thermal expansion, therefore is more durable under heat pressure than reconstituted stone.[/vc_column_text]
Marbles / Travertines etc. are softer stones again and will scratch more easily, so never cut on these surfaces.[/vc_column_text]
A penetrating sealer will get into the micro pores of the stone to reduce the ability of contaminants to adhere to the stone. They are not a coating which sits on top of the stone surface.
Although, penetrating sealers will not protect marble from etching (dull spots) as this process is a reaction between the acidic product and the very top surface of the stone.
Coating type sealers are also available (e.g. Dry Treat’s Vitremela) which will protect the marble from etching as well as staining, but does add significant cost to stone top installations.
Granite / Quartzite: Not all require sealing. Generally darker coloured granites do not require sealing at all. As a general rule we recommend that medium to light coloured granites be sealed, as they are generally less stain resistant than darker coloured granites.
Sealing is often a service that is offered by stone fabricators on/before installation but there are also specialized companies such as “The Marble Man” that offer this service after tops have been installed.[/vc_column_text]