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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the main differences between marble, granite and quartz?

Granite and marble worktops are actually natural stone slabs, quarried from the ground in large blocks which are then cut, shaped and polished to fit the end customer’s requirements. Quartz worktops are man-made from 93% crushed quartz mixed with 7% resin. As Quartz worktops are manufactured they come in a wide range of colours, whereas granite comes in more natural stone colours. Marble is very distinctive with its veined appearance, and is most often seen in black and white.

How do I know which one is right for my kitchen?

Granite is one of the most popular materials for kitchen worktops, and looks great in both modern or traditional houses. Marble is a popular choice for high-end homes as it has long been associated with luxury. Quartz, as previously mentioned, comes in a fantastic range of colours including colours not found in the natural stone shades of marble and granite. In the end the choice for most people between marble, granite and quartz comes down to their personal preference on the appearance of the worktops; the bottom line is that either granite, marble or quartz will add the wow factor to your kitchen, and will potentially add value to your home.

Our showroom is the ideal place to come and see examples of marble, granite and quartz to help you decide which one is right for you.

Some of the other factors to consider…

Which is more hard-wearing?

Granite and marble are both naturally porous stones, and so must be sealed to prevent staining. We recommend that this is done every year. Quartz is non-porous and so does not require sealing. Of the three materials, quartz and granite are the strongest.

Which will last longer?

Marble and granite worktops are natural stones and with a reasonable amount of care and with regular sealing, they will last for many years. Quartz worktops will also have a long life with a small amount of care. Please contact our experienced team if you would like advice on day-to-day care of marble, granite, quartz worktops.

Which is heavier?

Granite is heavier than quartz, but generally speaking the weight of the worktops doesn’t cause an issue either on old or new kitchen cabinets.

Which is cheaper, granite or quartz?

This depends on many things and unfortunately there is no straightforward answer! The price is down to several factors including which brand it is, and - in the case of marble and granite – where it has come from. The thickness of the worktops is obviously a factor, and some of the cheaper brands achieve a lower price by offering thinner cuts of the marble, granite or quartz. In the long term cheap quartz can stain and the surface can become textured.

Can marble, granite and quartz worktops be repaired?

Yes – we offer a low-cost repair and maintenance service for all of our worktops.

Isn’t it better to buy our worktops from the supplier of our new kitchen cabinets, rather than buying them direct?

There is no need to buy your worktops from your cabinet supplier – we are experienced at working alongside other suppliers to fit in with the timescales of kitchen renovation projects. By buying direct from master craftsmen you can be assured of a professional finish, whilst cutting out the middle man.

FAQs specifically relating to C&J Stonemasonry’s products and services:

What is the thickness of your worktops?

Our worktops are 30mm solid, and our up-stands are 20mm unless otherwise specified.

How long does it take from template to installation?

We aim to turn our jobs around within a week, although some jobs may take a little longer.

What areas do you cover?

We work nationwide and in the past we have carried out installations in the South of France and Orkney Islands.

How long does an average installation take?

Generally speaking we allow half a day for an average installation but in most cases a couple of hours. We will allow a full day or more if it’s preferred that the processing is done on-site too.

Is there much mess during installation?

The amount of mess on-site for installations should be minimal, only leaving hob/sink cut outs to be done or up-stands to trim, however if its preferred that processing is done on-site then more mess should be expected. However, in these situations none of the processing is done inside the property and any mess made will of course be cleaned up after the installation.