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Types of stone

Different Types of stone for kitchen use 

Stone is one of the best materials to be used for your kitchen. Compared to wood and stainless steel, it is cheaper and more durable. Stone bench tops are also more durable than acrylic countertops, which scratch easily. It is cheaper than concrete as well. Another advantage to choosing stone for your counter tops is that it adds value to your home; perhaps even more than what you paid for. This article discusses some of the stones you can use for your stone bench tops as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each.

1. Engineered stone (Caesarstone, Quantum Quartz, etc.)

These engineered stones are mostly made out of quartz and have resin fillers. They come in a variety of colors.

Pros: Quite affordable compared to natural stone; a comparatively large color selection; rather resistant to temperature and impact and even stains from liquid spills; the most environment-friendly choice.

Cons: Not as resistant to heat as stainless steel; there is a lead-time between cabinet and bench installation

2. Granite

A natural stone that is one of the most common choices for stone surfaces.

Pros: A larger selection of colors (that vary in price); good resistance to eat and impact

Cons: Need resealing because it is naturally porous, especially light colors; there is a lead-time between cabinet and bench installation; rather expensive

3. Marble or limestone

Natural rocks that are quite colorful.

Pros: Beautiful colors

Cons: Expensive compared to other natural stones like granite; scratches easily so it will need regular replacement

4. Onyx

Onyx is commonly thought of as black but it usually comes in colors like white as well.

Pros: Beautiful translucent look

Cons: Prone to scratches

5. Slate

Another natural stone; extremely dense

Pros: Comes in a variety of colors but not as much as granite; matte surface; non-porous; doesn’t cost as much as granite

Cons: Needs regular maintenance and sealing like most natural stones.

6. Soapstone

Made of the mineral talc.

Pros: This stone has a high resistance to heat

Cons: Maintenance (removal of scratches) requires rubbing with mineral oil or sanding; must be sealed with mineral oil to reduce staining

These stones are ideal not only for stone bench tops in your kitchen but for bathroom vanities or laundry room counter tops as well.

Now that you know what kinds of stones are available, it is time to discuss what maintenance procedures you will need to take once you have your new stone bench tops.

1. Know when to seal.

Ask your local builders or hardware stores for advice regarding this. Blogs like marthastewart.com also offer advice on stone maintenance.

2. Know the maintenance procedures needed for your stone of choice.

Some stones need regular resealing, some require sanding or polishing. Know what kind of water and cleaner to use for your stone counter tops.

3. Take care of your counter tops.

Besides polishing, sanding, etc. stone bench tops need to be wiped down regularly to avoid staining.

4. Know the safety procedures involving your countertops.

Glass Splashbacks

Advantages of glass splashbacks

A splashback is a kitchen area usually behind the stove that serves as a decoration and area where oil or sauce splashes or spills from cooking on the stove can go. Splashbacks make cleaning after cooking easier since the materials that they are made of are easier to clean than kitchen walls, and if the staining is too much they can be replaced much easier than renovating or repainting your kitchen. Splashbacks can also be found in showers or bathrooms.

Splashbacks can be made of a variety of materials such as glass, acrylic, tile and even steel. It is advisable to choose one based on your budget and the look of your kitchen.

Glass splashbacks have the advantage of having a consistent pricing. Glass protects the back surface or wall of the kitchen well and is easy to maintain. Though they are about 50% more expensive than tiled splashbacks, glass splashbacks are worth every cent. They are more hygienic than ceramic tile options too. Glass is quite heat-resistant, so you can cook for hours without worrying about your splashback getting too hot. Glass reflects light, which means that installing glass splashbacks can make your kitchen look bigger and brighter. Getting a new splashback is also an affordable way to give your kitchen a new look because of the impact that the printed glass panels can make. Store-bought splashbacks usually come in a couple of colors and even have self-adhesive variants for those who want to install the splashbacks themselves.

For those who want a more customized option, glass splashbacks can be painted or printed on with any image. These are an artistic and unique alternative to the usual one-color glass splashback. The images are printed onto the back of the glass to protect the paint or ink from kitchen spills and stains. There are kitchen building companies that offer pre-printed splashbacks, but there are also companies that let you customize the print for your own glass splashback.

Splashbacks can be printed with scenery, patterns, or photographs—whatever matches the look and feel of your kitchen. Having a splashback not only adds to the aesthetic of your kitchen and makes cleanup easier, it also adds an element unique to you, making your kitchen more personal and homey. It can also provide an element to relax the eye as you cook. For those who want to spend a little bit more on their splashbacks, there are options with LED lights and photo slideshow splashbacks so you can show off your latest photos to your guests as you cook for them. Just be sure that these electrical features do not get in the way of the number one purpose of the glass splashback which is to provide low-maintenance protection for your kitchen walls.

Splashbacks aren’t limited to the area behind your hob or stove. You can have a whole panel of splashbacks along your sink or under your overhead cabinets. Getting glass splashbacks will truly make your kitchen an interesting place to be.

When to choose marble or granite for your next project

The decision of granite or marble for your next kitchen benchtop, or project should be made on the outcome you want to have and how much use the benchtop will receive. Although both are stones and quarried from the earth, granite and marble (and marble’s relatives – limestone, onyx and travertine) are very unlike each other. The greatest difference between granite and marbles lies in their absorbency, softness and strength.

Marble

GMG Stone’s Marble is among the most stylish and deluxe of stones. GMG Stone’s Marble beauty will last for generations and is versatile enough for use throughout the home in such places as fireplaces, furnishings, walls, flooring, and bathrooms. It can be applied on almost every surface, including vanities, shower walls, tub decks and flooring.

Although marble is more vulnerable to staining by many foods, Marble is a great inclusion in the kitchen. Marble is softer and more absorbent than granite, marble is more suitable for less-trafficked, formal areas.

Granite

Born from molten magma, granite is a much more resilient and practical stone than marble. Granite’s crystalline structure is far more resistant to scuffs, staining and marking than most marbles. Denser and tougher than all natural stones, granite is an excellent choice for high traffic areas where class and style is desired.

Granite feels at home in any home or building. The variety of finishes and textures are traits that set granite apart from the rest. This remarkable stone is ideal for kitchen countertops, accent islands, bar tops, dining tables, flooring- the options are endless!

Stone Benchtops

Stone benchtops are a necessary part of any home and are useful as well as stylish They are often found in kitchens or bathrooms. This article discusses the advantages of choosing stone counter tops as well as some of the options in terms of materials.

Here are five reasons to choose stone benchtops:

1. Stone benchtops are useful for counter tops, which are necessary features of every kitchen and even bathrooms. Kitchen workstations, mini-bars, bathroom vanities, and even laundry rooms need a stylish surface like these stone bench tops.

2. New tops are easy to apply when renovating. Many services offer easy replacement or removal of existing cabinet tops.

3. Stone benchtops are easy to maintain.

4. Stone tops are beautiful to look at, simply put. They lend an air of understated elegance to every room. They are also more affordable than you think and look better than laminated stone counter tops and acrylic tops.

5. A lot of kitchen builders offer bench top-building or replacing services including stone counter tops.

Some of the stones suitable for stone benchtops include both natural and engineered stone. Caesarstone, Silestone, quantum quartz and risotto stone are some of the engineered stones commonly used for bench tops; natural stones like granite, marble, terracotta, and slate are some of the beautiful natural stones used.

Natural stones:

Granite, like all natural materials, needs regular maintenance. But it is a strong and durable material that does not cost as much as other materials.

Marble is a beautiful choice for a countertop. Marble, being a metamorphic rock, is softer and porous. Marble can get stained, scratched and cracked quite easily and is a pricier option.

Like the two aforementioned materials, terracotta and slate require regular maintenance when used as countertops.

Engineered stones:

Almost all engineered stones are made so that they look like natural stone yet are low-maintenance, cool, and non-porous. They are mostly made of quartz and resin fillers.

What to look for in a good bench top:

1. It has to fit your home’s overall aesthetic. Do you want contemporary or traditional-looking countertops? What are the color selections available for each kind of stone?

2. It has to fit your budget, and not just in the installment of new countertops or replacement of old ones. The size and thickness of counter tops as well as the material will affect the price of the counter tops. Check if your countertop will need maintenance and how often this must be done. Some stones, like marble, scratch easily and will need replacement if you want to maintain the look.

3. It has to fit your needs—do you need it to be non-porous, cool to the touch, resistant to heat or impact or scratches?

4. How much time do you have for cabinet and bench installment? Different kitchen builders might give different times for the installment of these counter tops.

5. Safety features. More rounded edges are suitable if there are children at home.

The GMG Edge

Building a home or renovating can get very challenging, whether it be you first second or third time.

The huge choices to make in materials, finishes and choosing the finer details to put in your home to make it your own and to make it unique while watching your budget is one that everyone faces.

A lot of suppliers stick to the basic textures and colours leaving you still not 100 percent certain on your choice which is never ideal. When building or renovating you want to feel certain and happy with every detail you choose when building or renovating your home.

GMG STONE SOUTHPORT supplies everything from kitchen bench tops, vanity tops, glass splashbacks, kitchen splashbacks and textures ranging from marble granite and limestone also having their own show room for all colour selection with expert advice on site making the choices you have to make much more convenient.

Also catering to any custom made products to any specifications, so not only do you get expert advice for all colour choices making that experience alone a huge relief you can design you very own bench tops and also your very own stone furniture bringing your home to life. The quality you’ve been looking for is at GMG STONE. GMG Stone also do a range of stone feature walls which is ideal for renovating an office, bathrooms and outdoor garden sanctuary.  GMG STONE also do fire place stoning creating that distinctive look.

All GMG STONE factories are environmentally friendly using recycled water facilities all projects are also carried out wet which minimises dust exposure great information to know they not only supply’s such a unique range but also aren’t hurting the environment while doing so.

For any more information, please contact GMG Stone.

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