GRANITE WORKTOPS FOR KITCHENS, BATHROOM & FLOORING
Hewn directly from the rocky mantle below and fused by powerful volcanic forces deep within the earth, granite has been a symbol of power, wealth and beauty since the Greek and Roman eras. The durability of this material makes it suitable to be used for both outdoor projects like bridges, pavements, monuments, etc. and interiors like worktops, kitchen backsplashes, kitchen islands flooring, walls, bathroom counters etc. A wide range of colour spectrums this material is available in are grey, brown, red, pink, yellow, gold, cream, blue, green, black and white. For worktops, they are commonly available in 20mm, 30mm thicknesses. Granite worktops come in the 3 most popular types of finishes; polished, honed and leathered. Besides these, the others are bush-hammered, flamed and caressed finish.
Formed by recrystallization of sedimentary rock like limestone, this metamorphosed rock
is a symbol of purity and immortality. It is believed that its incorporation brings about positive affirmations like clarity, composure and steadiness in one’s life. It gained its popularity from the ancient Romans and Greeks who utilized this fascinating material for handy sculptures to gigantic pillars of monuments. Besides these, in the present day, it is popularly used for kitchen and bathroom flooring, worktops, walls, fire
hearths and islands among many more. Its water retaining ability makes it a suitable option for use in the shower and other wet areas. Marble is available in wide colour ranges like white, brown, grey, beige, cream, yellow, red, green, gold, black and blue. They are commonly sold in two thickness ranges; 20mm and 30 mm, which vary with a 20-40% price difference. It is highly recommended that a marble worktops be sealed before installation, especially a honed or unpolished one.
Unlike granite and marble, quartz worktops are engineered materials made from a combination of natural quartz minerals (about 90% ) with polymers, resins and pigments that make the remaining 10%. As it is artificially manufactured,
quartz worktops can be found in the market in a wide range of colour patterns and designs, in fact, in any naturally existing colour, it can be made to be available. The currently popular colours in the market are neutrals like black, brown, beige, grey and white. They can be made to mimic natural stones like marble and granite pretty precisely. They can be used for kitchen and bathroom worktops, walls, backsplash, flooring, etc. Qualities like these and low maintenance have added even more to the popularity of this product amongst customers with no sign to stop anytime soon.
PORCELAIN WORKTOPS FOR KITCHENS & BATHROOM
It is a white, glass-like, translucent, non-porous, hard ceramic that has been manufactured by burning clay-type materials at high temperatures. Its characteristics include hardness, whiteness and translucency. Porcelain shows a high level of mechanical resistance, high density and low porosity, which combine to make porcelain materials durable, innocuous, soft in touch and
beautiful. Anciently, they were used for creating cups, plates, decoration items, etc. Some exquisite porcelain was even used for manufacturing prized
items, served as gifts. In the present day, they are used for various purposes like flooring, countertops, crockeries, decorative objects, laboratory equipment and electrical insulators.
NATURAL TILES FOR KITCHENS, BATHROOM & FLOORING
Tiles are industrially manufactured thin slabs from hard-wearing, resilient materials like ceramic, stone, metal, baked clay or glass, commonly available in square or rectangular shapes. They're both functional as well as decorative and can be attached in an impressive display to rotect roofs, floors, walls, edges, or other objects like tabletops. By other definitions, they can refer to similar units made up of lightweight materials like perlite, wood, and mineral wool, commonly used for wall and ceiling applications. With a wide range of tiles available currently, varying in colours, textures, sizes and materials, one can design both modern as well as traditional kitchens. Types: ceramic tile,
porcelain tile, glass tile, natural stone tiles.
QUARTZITE WORKTOPS FOR KITCHENS, BATHOORM
Quartzite is a hard, non-foliated metamorphic sandstone. When a sandstone, rich in quartz
comes under heat, pressure and chemical activity under the earth’s crust, it transforms into an ultra-strong quartzite. Spiritually, quartzite is associated with stability and other positive changes in a human’s life. It is believed that it helps to prevent us from going back to our old state after we experience an elevating change in our lives like an uplifting therapy or spiritual enlightenment. Quartzites have veining patterns almost similar to marbles and are growing popular amongst homeowners for their beautiful appearance. They can be used for walls, floors, stairs, tops and roof finishing. They are popularly available in two different thicknesses; 20mm and 30mm, and two different polishes; polished and matte. In
terms of toughness and stain resistance, they can beat granite.
SLATE WORKTOPS FOR KITCHENS, BATHROOM & FLOORING
Slate is a fine-grained, foliated, homogeneous metamorphic rock with a dull lustre created by the alteration of shale or mudstone by low-grade regional metamorphism under relatively low temperature and pressure. It is mined and quarried in different parts of the world predominately in Brazil and Spain to be used as premium construction stones. These slate rocks easily cleave or
split into thin slabs with high tensile strength and endurance. The most prevalent colour of a Slate is grey, although they can be found in black, green, red and even purple shades. They are available in honed and polished finishes, within a thickness range of 30mm, 40mm and 5o mm, and are suitable to be used for purposes like roofing, internal and external flooring, wall cladding etc.
TRAVERTINE WORKTOPS FOR KITCHENS, BATHROOM & FLOORING
Travertine is a kind of earthly limestone that is formed by the deposition of calcite minerals around hot springs. The water movement from the springs disintegrates the travertine, creating voids in the stone’s structure. The structure can be
compared to that of a honeycomb, where small pockets or cavities exist within the stone; these are displayed as holes in the surface when it's cut into
tiles. These holes can either be left open or filled by the factory during the tiles manufacturing process with a cement-based filler. Travertine tiles can be used for many indoor as well as outdoor purposes like for building walkways, wall coverings, patios, fountains etc. It can be available in a wide variety of finishes, in tan, white and cream tones and thickness range of 6mm, 12mm, 15mm and 20mm.
LIMESTONE WORKTOPS FOR KITCHENS, BATHROOM & FLOORING
Regarded as a symbol of strength and resilience in architecture, while still looking very elegant, Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed of different minerals, mainly calcite and dolomite that are deposited as rocks from fossils. They can be used to make everything from a coffee table to gigantic structures, making them incredibly versatile in their properties. Limestone has been able to retain its popularity because it has become a go-to stone for people in different fields. Because of that, it will most likely continue to be a popular choice forever. The colour range of limestone in the current market is white, yellow, grey, blue, beige, and cream, which can be seen in finishes like honed, tumbled and polished.