Pan’s Boathouse Residence
| Inspired by the stylistic wonders of the film, Pan
December 23, 2015
Kitchen Countertops Part II – Stones
| Second in a series of introductions to a variety of kitchen countertops
December 4, 2015
After last week’s introduction to solid surface, a synthetic material, this week we will look at natural and engineered stones. Due to limitations to the size of slabs, joint lines are inevitable for long kitchen countertops.
Granite is one of the most popular choices for countertops in Singapore due to its durability. It is extremely hard, heat resistant and highly scratch resistant. Being a natural stone, every piece is naturally unique in colour and pattern.
Its only flaw is its natural porosity which makes it more prone to stains than other countertop options. This, however, can be negated by professional sealing prior to installation to limit staining.
Marble is one of the most beautiful natural stones but it has gained the reputation of being high maintenance due to its porous nature, thus it is less frequently used in Singapore. It is not as hard as granite and therefore is more susceptible to staining. Being formed out of calcium carbonate, it has a chemical structure that reacts easily with acids which leads to etching on the surface. It would require due diligence to keep it pristine (there are several cleaning directions online) but some prefer their marble to age gracefully with etches and stains blending into the grey veins over time to give them more unique character.
Marble comes in two main finishes: polished and honed. The first is polished to a shiny finish and will not stain as easily but it can be scratched and etched. The shine is bright and elegant but it will be worn down over time.