Some of our frequently asked questions

How do I choose the best colour for my kitchen or bathroom design?

This is an important consideration, but also one with no ‘one size fits all’ answer. Ideally, you want a shade of granite or quartz that best suits your existing interior design. However, some of our customers have taken the opposite tack in the past, and based the design of the room in question around the County Stone Granite worktop that best caught their eye. Premium quartz or granite countertops make a perfect centrepiece to a room, so designing the rest of a room’s décor around the installation of one is really not a bad idea.

As a rule of thumb, darker colours will make any dust, chips and scratches more obvious, while light colours have a tendency to make spillages more apparent. With the right care, neither of these occurrences should pose any real problems to the appearance of your quartz or granite worktop. 

What’s the difference between granite stone and quartz stone?

On the most basic level, granite stone surfaces are manufactured from large slabs which are mined directly from the ground, while quartz surfaces are manufactured by grinding up quartz crystals into a fine powder, before blending the powder with a small percentage of resin.

Quartz tends to be both heavier, and more flexible than granite, the latter attribute making quartz the easier to work of the two. Quartz also generally displays a greater variation in terms of available colours, when compared to granite, as well as greater consistency when it comes to shade and pattern continuity. This is because granite undergoes comparatively little processing, meaning that it’s colouration and patterns are entirely at the whim of nature.

Which colour or style of stone worktop has the longest lifespan?

Assuming that the worktop is taken care of as advised, both granite and quartz worktops should last for around 25 - 50 years. In other words, there is no real difference in longevity between a correctly maintained quartz or granite worktop.

Which material is best for combating stains, wear and tear?

Quartz is the better of the two materials for resisting staining, as well as wear and tear. This is due to the artificial nature of quartz; the resin and ground stone construction of a quartz worktop ensures that there are no pores for germs and dirt to take hold in.  This all means that quartz countertops are exceptionally easy to clean; spills and accumulated dirt can simply be mopped up at your leisure.

Granite work tops are comparatively more complex to maintain than quartz, requiring frequent treatments to seal up their pores, and spills to be cleaned extremely quickly to prevent staining of the granite; with red wine being a frequent culprit in this regard. With the right level of care, a granite worktop is still more than feasible for any home, and many customers still swear by its natural purity.