Quartz Bench Tops
In general this use in not recommend and manufactures will not cover stone under their manufacturers warranty. Please call us though as there are some new products being realeased to the market of which will be able to be used outdoors.
Most engineered stones are atleast 94% quartz and will endure the toughest treatment. However it is always recommended that you use a cutting board.
Natural Stone Bench Tops
Marble is a metamorphic rock resulting from the re-crystallization of limestone. Commercially, however, all calcareous rocks produced by nature and capable of taking a polish are called marbles.
Granite, igneous rock of visible crystalline formation and texture.
Yes, all natural stone is porous and will require a specialised stone sealer to combat against staining. GMG can organise this through a trusted sealing company offering a 10year limited warranty. The cost of sealing is minimal. In the past customers have been turned off using a Natural stone for their benchtops due to fear of staining. This is not the case anymore with the range of new age sealers available to the market customers can rest assured of a easily cleanable and useable benchtop.
In relation to useability of both in a household environment, Granite will generally be stronger and less susceptible to scratching, staining and etching. Granite is in most cases the prefered choice for kitchen benchtops due to its stronger characteristics. However marble can be sealed to prevent staining/ etching and scratches can easily be repaired compared to granite. Marble is most commonly used in Bathroom benchtops, and wall / floor applications. Visibly marble can be characterised by its natural soft appearance, Granite in most cases has a more distinct sharp definition to its patterns.