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Our inaugural guest blogger, MarciaLovesIt talks us through the differences between some of the most popular surface choices on the market, and how Caesarstone is different from them all.
Today, we’re talking quality countertops for your home. Many homeowners aren’t sure of what the differences are across the wide variety of surface materials on the market. In the kitchen, bathroom or even the living room or staircase, superior finishes in countertops, floors or wall panelling are essential if you are looking for something that will last a lifetime, not easily damage, and add to the overall value of your property. Here we take a closer look at some of the more popular finishes on offer today, with a special emphasis on the most popular countertop choices currently trending. Let this guide help you make the right choice for your own home.  
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Vivid White 111 Caesarstone offers a more luxurious look than solid surfacing and comes with Caesarstone's invaluable lifetime warranty.
  Solid surfaces: One of the newer finishes on offer today, solid surface countertops are typically made from hard acrylic materials which are used to produce a solid countertop ideal for bathrooms and kitchen surfaces. Although a hard and durable option, solid surface countertops are not heat resistant and may succumb to burns and scratches, unlike the more popular stone finishes on offer.  
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Montblanc 5043  Caesarstone combines all the beauty of marble, with all the durability of Caesarstone. Montblanc 5043 is one of Caesarstone's newest colour palette additions, creating an irresistible elegance in any interior.
  Quartz: Often referred to as engineered stone countertops, quartz is equally elegant and one of the toughest countertops available today. We love the versatility of a quality quartz finish, but beware of cheap imitations. Newer quartz brands don’t always offer the same quality and reliable lifetime warranty as the original brand, Caesarstone. Caesarstone is the original quartz surface – a polished, luxurious home and commercial interior surface that oozes sophistication and elegance. Not only is it a beautiful choice for classic and contemporary kitchen and bathroom designs but its durability, eco-friendly ratings and lifetime warranty make it the top selection for just about any project, no matter how big or small. With the widest selection of colours, Caesarstone has become the benchmark brand in surfaces for the home and is a well-established selling and buying point amongst buyers, sellers and real estate agents in the realty sector.  
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Coastal Grey 6003 Caesarstone captures the essence of granite, but requires none of the hassle of granite's maintenance or its vulnerability to stains and cracks.
 
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Moorland Fog 6046 Caesarstone is the ideal replacement for a light-coloured granite. Its busy, organic veining and patterning ensures you get the look of natural stone with none of the disadvantages.
  Granite: A popular choice within residential homes, granite is both durable and easy to clean. Granite offers a one-of-a-kind natural surface that is also heat resistant. But be warned, this surface is susceptible to burning and thermal shock – so take care to protect your granite surface from excessive heat and open flames. As each slab is unique with natural fissures and patterns, it may be difficult to match to another slab for a more uniform look in a big area such as an open plan kitchen. Granite also requires careful installation as it is quite heavy and can crack if it takes a hard knock or is cut incorrectly.  
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Statuario Maximus 5031 Caesarstone is the classic choice if you're looking for a one-up on white marble. The 13mm gauge makes it the ideal surface for wall cladding, countertops and backsplashes, anywhere in the home.
  Marble: Marble offers timeless beauty and is also widely available today. Unlike granite and other solid surfaces, marble is a softer material which may succumb to stains and scratches. Furthermore, you would need to ensure your marble is sealed correctly by a fabricator before installation, also being prepared to commit to regular maintenance during the year. While undeniably exquisite, marble generally needs a higher level of care in order to avoid unsightly stains and scratched surfaces.  
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With Rugged Concrete 4033 Caesarstone you can get the industrial look of real concrete, but without any of the downsides. Create a textured tactile experience in your kitchen, bathroom or living area interior with this honed Caesarstone surface.
  Concrete: A contemporary countertop finish, concrete is a great addition in an industrialised styled space. You can also choose to customise your concrete counters which may then be poured right into the frame in your home and left to set. As with any specially customised finish, this can be an expensive option. Modern product development has allowed surface experts like Caesarstone to develop several concrete-inspired surfaces that offer you a similar aesthetic appeal, but without the downsides of such a rough and porous material. For more info visit www.caesarstone.co.za.   If you enjoyed this article, you might also enjoy taking a look at the latest kitchen design trends from Europe. You can also read more from Marcia Margolius at SA Decor & Design.

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