Granite is a type of igneous rock which crystallises from magma that cools slowly, deep beneath the earth's surface. It is a very hard, dense material, and therefore highly suitable for use in kitchens.
Engineered quartz is a durable alternative to granite, made using 93% natural quartz, and offering a high resistance to scratches and stains. Quartz is perfect for those looking for lighter colours for their kitchen worktops, or a guaranteed consistency of colour and pattern right across the surface.
The next generation of kitchen work surface, sintered stone is also known as ultra-compact or porcelain worktops. Offering significant advantages over granite and quartz, these materials are non-porous, highly scratch resistant and come in a beautiful range of colours and finishes.
A metamorphic stone formed through the crystallisation of limestone, marble is valued for its delicate mottled or veined patterns. Marble is often used for bathroom surfaces, or as decorative wall or floor tiles.
Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed mostly of calcium carbonate or dolomite. Usually supplied with a honed finish, contemporary uses for limestone surfaces include bathrooms, fireplaces and floor tiles.
Travertine is best described as a form of limestone, or calcareous rock, which forms around mineral springs or caves. Natural voids in the stone are filled with a cement, then honed or polished.
Slate is a metamorphic sedimentary rock which can easily be split, or cleft, into thin slabs. We stock Black Italian slate in both a honed (matt/smooth) and natural cleft (riven) finish.
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