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 1. Granite

 Granite is a natural stone that is known for its sturdiness. It is so durable and it will not break even under high pressure. In addition to that, it has great resistance to staining and you will have no problems removing nail or hair colour. The cleaning is handled with only soap and water. Granite needs to be sealed 2-4 times a year. The sealant will form an even layer that will prevent the worktops from getting permanent stains.

 2. Quartz

 Quartz’ durability is comparable to granite’s. It is also a very tough material that will not break or crack easily. It is the best material when it comes to resistance to staining. You will have no hard times removing the spills even if you let them sit for a bit. Quartz is a manufactured stone made of 93% natural quartz and 7% resins. The resins are forming a non-porous layer and making it resistant to staining. The downside of quartz worktops is that they are not as resistant to heat as granite or marble. You shouldn’t place hot objects like a hairdryer directly on them.

 3. Marble

 Marble requires higher maintenance than quartz and granite. Marble is also very durable, but it is softer, so it can get scratches easier. It. But marble is also considered the most beautiful stone and will make your bathroom special. It will handle heat without burning or cracking. The cleaning is easy with only soap and water involved. Marble also needs to be sealed several times a year. It is very important that you seal it regularly because marble tends to get stained easier than granite and quartz.

 All materials can be a great addition to your bathroom, it is just a question of your needs. If you seek material that will not get stained at all, then quartz may be the one for you. If you look for a luxury feel, marble is the best. The most durable and resistant to heat is granite, so if those are your concerns, granite can be your choice.

 Stones are generally very durable materials and are worth investing in. With proper maintenance, all three will last you for decades. Browse online our wide stone collection from well known brands including ClassicQuartzStone, Silestone, Caesarstone & more.

 Need help choosing the perfect material for your bathroom worktops? Please feel free to contact us for more details or get a free online quote for worktops.

Calacatta is a famous marble type that is recognizable by the crisp white background and distinct veining. Quartz, as a manufactured stone, can look like other materials, such as marble. When it is manufactured, the pigments are added to it to make it look like other stones. The resemblances are remarkable, only the experts will be able to tell the difference.

 Quartz is a high-quality stone you will not regret buying. Continue reading and find out what are the pros and cons of having Calacatta gold quartz worktops.

 Pros

 1. Appearance

 Calacatta gold is recognizable by the warm white background and moderately tick veining. The veining is what distinguishes this style from the others. Because of its tone and undertone, it will be perfect in combination with beige cabinets, which will make the veining stand out even more.

 2. Resistance to staining

 Although Calacatta has a white background, that will not be the problem with quartz. Quartz is highly resistant to staining, even wine or coffee will not leave a permanent stain. This makes quartz worktops perfect for food preparation and consumption.

 3. Durability

 Quartz is one of the most durable materials on the market. It will not break or crack no matter what you do to it. It will also last you a long because it is so durable.

 4. Resistance to scratching

 There is nothing more frustrating than knife scratches on a new countertop. Luckily, quartz is highly resistant to scratching and you will have no such problems with it.

 5. Maintenance

 One would think that maintaining white surfaces is time-consuming and challenging, but not with quartz. Although you will have to wipe your light surfaces more frequently than the darker ones, because everything is more visible on them, you will complete that with ease. You will need just soap and water for everyday cleaning; occasionally, you can use the glass cleaner.

 6. Various options

 Almost every quartz brand has its version of Calacatta gold. Although each has similar look, you will be able to look at the finest details and choose the one you like the best. This will also allow you to choose the one that fits your budget the best.

 Cons

 1. Sensitive to chemicals

 You should avoid cleaning products that contain bleach and ammonia, and just stick to soap and water. Those chemicals are harsh and can lead to discolourations and microscopic damages. If your countertops come accidentally in contact with such chemicals, rinse off the affected area with soap and water as soon as possible.

 2. Resistance to heat

 Quartz worktops are made of 93% natural quartz and 7% resins and pigments. Resins are unstable at high temperature, so make sure you are always using mats when placing hot kitchenware on your worktops.

 Need help choosing the perfect Calacatta gold quartz? Please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you.

Quartz with marble effect is one of the most popular quartz styles. With quartz, you will have better resistance to staining than with marble, while preserving the same look. Quartz also has many other qualities such as durability, resistance to scratching and ease of maintenance. Quartz marble effect is a timeless choice that will never go out of fashion. It is an elegant choice and will pair well with the rest of your kitchen worktops. Here’s our list of some of the most beautiful quartz stone marble effect colours.

 1. Et Marquina

 Et Marquina has a pitch-black background with a very bold white veining. The veining is not so thick, but since it is on such a dark colour it is very distinct. This colour will be perfect in combination with light-toned cabinets. Lighter cabinets will accent the veining even more and make it stand out. A combination of dark countertops with light cabinets is always in fashion.

 2. Statuario Maximus

 Statuario Maximus is a sophisticated style that will be perfect for the kitchen island. It has a white background with a golden undertone and thick grey vining. Although the veining is thick, it is not much darker than the background and it isn’t as bold. This colour is also perfect to use for monochromatic kitchens because its pattern will break the monotony.

 3. Statuario Vegle

 Unlike the above mentioned Statuario, this one has a cool white background and thin veining. It will be the perfect replacement for Statuario Maximus if you wanted thinner veining. It also has a crisp white background without featheriness which is the preference of many buyers. The veining is light grey and sharp.

 4. Britannica Gold

 If you like the pattern of the already mentioned styles, but you want different coloured veins, consider Britannica Gold. It has a white background with a golden undertone and stunning golden veining. The veining is very thick and pronounced. This colour is great to use as an accent, for the kitchen island or splashbacks. Pairing it with light beige cabinets will make it pop even more.

 5. Olympia

 Olympia has a very subtle veining, which makes it the perfect option for ones that don’t like bold patterns. It is a very unique colour, a mix of light beige and white. It has a slightly feathery pattern. This one will be perfect for small-sized kitchens because it will brighten the space and make it look bigger.

 These are just some of the quartz colours with marble effect you will be able to choose from in our range. Quartz, as a manufactured stone, has a very versatile colour palette and can look like other stones. You will also have the ability to choose from renowned brands like Caesarstone or Silestone and find the one that suits your needs the best.

 Need help choosing the perfect quartz stone marble effect colour for your kitchen? Please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help.

 Splashbacks are often overlooked parts of the kitchen, but they can be that one thing that separates a nice-looking kitchen from extraordinary. Not only that they will add aesthetics value to your kitchen, but they are also highly useful. They are an essential element if you are cooking frequently. When it comes to choosing the right material for your splashbacks, it all comes down to personal preferences. Continue reading and find whether stone or glass splashbacks will be better for you.

 Stone splashbacks pros and cons

 1. Resistance to heat: one of the most important characteristics you should be looking for when choosing a splashback material, is its heat resistance. You don’t want any unwanted cracking or discolourations due to exposure to high temperatures for too long. Stones are the perfect material for splashbacks because they will handle hours of cooking with ease.

 2. Resistance to staining: another very important characteristic is resistance to staining. Granted, some stones are better than others in this category. The highest resistance has quartz, while marble has the lowest. If you cook every day, it is best to choose a stone with higher resistance, such as quartz or granite.

 3. Easy to clean: the cleaning can be handled with just soap and water. You can also use the glass cleaner instead.

 4. Sensitive to chemicals: the downside of stone splashbacks is that they are sensitive to chemicals. You should avoid cleaning products that contain ammonia or bleach and simply use soap instead.

 Glass splashbacks pros and cons

 1. Resistance to heat: glass is also highly resistant to temperatures produced in the kitchen. It will not melt or break after hours of cooking.

 2. Resistance to staining: quartz is even more resistant to staining than stones. You will have no problems removing stains even after days of them sitting on your splashbacks.

 3. Various shapes: the advantage of quartz is that it can be curvy or polygonal, which is harder to achieve with stones.

 4. Gets dirty easier: glass reflects light and therefore everything is more visible on the glass than stone splashbacks. You will need to clean your splashbacks more frequently if you want them to look clean.

 Which one should you choose?

 Now that you have a better insight into both materials, let’s discuss which one may be better for you. Glass splashbacks are a more affordable option and they are better suited for modern style kitchens. They are a bit less durable than stone surfaces, but they are also a bit more resistant to staining.

 Stone splashbacks are considered high-end and will cost more. With that being said, stone surfaces are very durable and will make a smart investment. Some stones will need regular sealing to achieve higher resistance to staining. They will suit both modern and traditional kitchen styles.

 In conclusion, both materials will perform well, it is just a question of your preferences.

 Need more help deciding between glass and stone splashbacks for your kitchen? Please request a free quote online or contact us and we will be happy to help you.

Having white worktops can be a bit challenging since everything is more noticeable on white surfaces. However, having plain white surfaces is not a problem with quartz, since this material is highly resistant to staining. One may consider plain white quartz to be pretty basic, but it is very easy to combine with other colours and it is always in fashion. However, those are not the only advantages of plain white quartz worktops, so continue reading to find more about them.

 Pros

 1. Resistance to staining

 Quartz surfaces are non-porous, which means they are non-permeable to water and air. This means that spills will just sit on top of your surfaces, without absorbing. Even if you don’t remove the spill immediately, you will be able to remove it eventually with just water and soap.

 2. Elegance

 Plain white surfaces pair nicely with any other colour. You can achieve both traditional and contemporary styles with it. They are always in fashion and you will never get tired of them. They are simple, yet very elegant. They will also allow you to accent other elements of the room, such as the lighting.

 3. Easy to maintain

 Although everything will be more visible on white than other colours, maintenance of white quartz is very easy. You will just need soap and water for cleaning; just make the soapsuds and wipe your worktops with a soft cloth.

 Quartz also doesn’t require sealing, unlike natural stones.

 4. Durable

 Quartz will handle pressure and weight without breaking or cracking. It is a very durable stone that will handle everything with ease. It will also last you for a very long time.

 5. Resistant to scratching

 Scratches can be also very visible on white surfaces, but with quartz, you will not have to worry about that. Quartz is highly resistant to scratching, that even cutting directly on it will not harm it.

 6. Many options

 One would think that you will not have that many options regarding plain white quartz. But you will have various options to choose from; you will have the ability to choose the brand you like, the texture and style. Check out our stone collection.

 Cons

 1. Heat resistance

 Quartz is not the best material when it comes to resisting high temperatures. Heat can lead to discolourations, which are especially visible on white surfaces. To prevent discolourations from happening, make sure to always use mats when cooking or placing a hot object onto your worktops.

 2. Requires frequent cleaning

 One downside with plain white quartz is that it will look dirty sooner than darker colours. Everything from dust to watermarks will be more visible on white surfaces, so make sure to use counters if you don’t want your worktops to get dirty so fast. Simply, white colour hides nothing and you will have to wipe your surfaces on a daily basis.

 When you maintain the worktops regularly and use them properly, there are no significant reasons why you shouldn’t choose plain white quartz worktops. If you like it and it fits your home style, you should definitely consider it.

 For more information about our range of plain white quartz options, feel free to contact us.


 Kitchen renovation can be a big investment even if you are just looking to replace the countertops. Most customers opt for durable materials so that their investment pays off. When you choose long-lasting material, with proper maintenance, you will not have to think about the replacement for decades.

 At InovaStone, we offer quartz, marble, granite and ceramic worktops at various prices. In our range, you will find something for every budget.

 Material cost

From the materials we have to offer, ceramic is on average the least expensive, while granite and marble tend to be the most. The prices for all materials are different from colour to colour. Some rare colours will be more expensive than the common ones.

 The price for ceramic countertops starts from £200* per square meter, for quartz from £250* and granite and marble from £300* per square meter.

 Installation

 The mentioned prices do not include the installation fees. The installation for all of the materials is priced similarly without significant differences between them. Usually, the installation price will be similar to the one you will pay for the supply.

 The installation for stones is more expensive than for laminate because stones are more difficult to handle and require special training. Get a free online quote for kitchen countertops.

 Additional costs

 You may consider adding edging strips to your worktops, which will increase the price. This allows you to cover the cut ends of the worktops. The price for that will be from £9 per 3 meters roll.

 Sink replacement is another job you want to consider at this stage. Having a stone kitchen sink will add additional value to your kitchen and it will also last longer than steel. The average cost of a stone kitchen sink is £400.

 The bottom line

 For an average kitchen of five square meters, replacing kitchen countertops will cost you from £2000, depending on the material. The type of material is the biggest factor in determining the cost. In the category of ceramic, quartz, marble and granite, the installation will cost more or less the same for the same surface area.

 If you were looking for a budget-friendly option, choose ceramic. Quartz falls in the middle and it is a great bang for your buck, while granite and marble are the most expensive. However, investing in them will pay off because they are very long-lasting.

 Need more information about the cost of replacing kitchen countertops? Please feel free to contact us and we will tell you all you need to know.