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Which stone surface is best for your kitchen?

What you need to know in order to choose the right material for your kitchen

Before you choose the materials for your kitchen, you need to understand your lifestyle requirements. Do you cook often? How much cooking and entertaining will you be doing on a weekly basis? What level of maintenance is manageable for you?

Your kitchen countertop, in particular, needs to be made of the right material in order to meet your lifestyle needs. Get to know the pros and cons of the various stone surfaces so that you pick the right one for your home.

To help you with your decision, we look at three stone surfaces that material supplier Lian Hin provides. From humble beginnings as a small-scale granite and marble dealer in 1989, Lian Hin has grown to be a reputable company that provides high quality stones to help you create a beautiful home.

1) Granite

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What is it?
Granite is a coarse-grained igneous rock formed from magma, which is a mixture of molten or semi-molten rock, volatiles and solids. Quarried from the earth, granite is 100% natural stone, consisting of minerals such as quartz, orthoclase feldspar, sodium-rich plagioclase feldspar, and micas.

Why is it good?
Being 100% natural, every slab of granite is naturally unique in colour and patterning.  It is heat resistant, highly scratch resistant, and one of the most bacteria-resistant surfaces available. Granite is traditionally one of the most popular materials used for kitchen counter tops.

2) Marble

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What is it?
Marble is a metamorphic rock made up of primarily calcite and dolomite. It is formed by the metamorphism of limestone. The base is usually white, beige and gray in colour with beautiful coloured veins due to the presence of impurities such as silica and clay.

Why is it good?
Although marble is a more delicate stone as compared to granite, it has an elegant and shiny appearance that is well-loved by many. Over time, the shine will be replaced by a soft patina. Marble is a suitable material for kitchens that do not need to handle heavy usage and cooking.

3) Quartz

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What is it?
Engineered quartz (or simply known as Quartz) is a man-made material composed of 80% to 85% quartz, polymer resins and pigments. It is manufactured by compressing the ingredients under intense vibration, vacuum, and pressure into dense, non-porous slabs.

Why is it good?
Due to its non-porous surface, quartz does not require sealing and is also one of the bacteria-free surfaces available. In recent years, quartz has become one of the more popular choices for kitchens and counter tops. It is heat resistant, highly scratch resistant and chip resistant.

For more information, visit Lian Hin or check out its Facebook page.

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