Between the producers and manufacturers of conglomerate and stone worktops a debate continues, regarding the superiority of their products. Let’s have a look at both arguments.
Both are high quality products. They are quite expensive compared to other materials, but they have many advantages, and we can be fully confident that they will serve us very well and for many years.
First, some information about the tops of the two materials
Conglomerates are in a way also a stone countertop … though not entirely. Conglomerate is a grounded stone (marble & granite) combined with polyester and resin. With added pigments a rich palette of colours can be gained. We can choose either glossy/polished or matted surfaces of the conglomerate or stone granite.
Marble looks nice as a natural material, but it is easy to stain, scratch and damage. Acids are also potentially dangerous for marble (and any other type of stone) such as citric acid in lemon juice.
The most recommended and most selected worktop for kitchens in indeed granite. It is the toughest and most resistant stone, to scratching, staining and impacts. Nevertheless we should still be careful about keeping it clean, as some dirty/wet stains may cause permanent damage to the worktop, and cutting directly on the worktops may also slightly damage your worktop over time.
Advantages and disadvantages of conglomerate worktops:
+ Is about 20% lighter than stone.
+ It can be cheaper than a stone countertop. If you wish to have a countertop with the thickness of (even 10-20 cm), then we should certainly think of the conglomerate.
+ Resistant to high temperatures and chemicals.
+ If the countertop is scratched, gets dirty, it can be simply polished once more, thus restoring its past appearance.
+ Conglomerate can be combined seamlessly, therefore we can have a thick worktop in the kitchen, connected, for example with the windowsill and sink. Conglomerate provides big opportunities and it may be shaped in any way.
+ It is warm when touched as it absorbs the ambient room temperature.
+ You can create interesting effects using conglomerate, for example, some companies’ products with sparkly pieces of glass inside. They provide an interesting effect, especially in a smaller kitchen.
– The glossy surface of the conglomerate is easy to scratch.
– It is unfortunately expensive..
Advantages and disadvantages of a stone countertops:
+ Resistant to high temperature and mechanical damage.
+ They can be used near hobs/range cookers.
+ It is durable. The veins which may possibly arise after a certain period of time, can be polished.
– Stone countertops are very heavy.
– In contrast to the conglomerate, stone is cold to the touch. However it can be combined with heating if you wish, for example – fireplaces. Stone is a great insulator and when heated it may keep the heat for a long time.
– Stone countertops are also expensive.
What should we remember?
Each stone countertop should be impregnable.
Each stone should be cleaned frequently and regularly, preferably with products that are special for cleaning of such worktops. Try and avoid using too much detergents with many chemicals that may be harmful to the worktops, and always leave the worktops dry, or else they will gradually absorb any liquid that is on them, resulting in damage and potential decolouration.
When vulnerable to damage, in places such as the sink, they should certainly be impregnated and strengthened with specialised products and reinforcements.
The biggest advantage of the two materials is their aesthetic and beautiful appearance. Even the cabinets and fronts from cheaper materials will look significantly better when accompanied by such luxurious worktops. Overall, the entire kitchen area is guaranteed to improve, attract eyesight and be a focal point in the house.