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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.