Frequently Asked Questions
What is granite?
Granite is a natural stone, an igneous rock that is formed over millions of years under the Earth’s crust. The variety of colours available is directly due to the minerals present during the rock’s formation, as the minerals cool down beneath the surface of the Earth, crystals are formed which gives the infinite variation that you can see. There is an almost limitless variety of colours available to you with a huge variety of veining and textures that gives you all the choice you need for your decorative stone surfaces. As granite is a 100% natural product that is found all over the world, you can use its stunning appearance to enhance your home with unique patters and colours.
You can find more information on our Granite page
What is quartz?
Quartz is a man-made material utilising ground natural quartz granules, which are combined with resin, polymers and pigments to create a finely engineered product with a variety of colours and patterns. Once thoroughly prepared and moulded the raw materials pass in to a large oven which solidifies the different elements together to create a solid slab of durable stone for use in a variety of interior applications. Even though this is a manufactured product, it still incorporates natural elements which can still display some slight variation in colour.
You can find more information on our Quartz page
How durable is natural stone vs quartz?
Both granite and quartz have very durable surfaces but neither are indestructible and need to be handled with some respect.
Granite is generally very hard-wearing, with certain colours being more resilient than others depending on the crystal formation within the natural stone formation itself. Even though we treat all our granites with a specialist sealer before they leave the factory, we strongly suggest that all spillages are cleaned up without delay to avoid any damage to the natural stone surface – taking particular care with: acidic liquids such as lemon/orange juice, wine, vinegar, abrasive cleaners and any oils. Granite has an inherent heat resistance, but any sudden change in temperature can result in thermal shock and damage the granite, so we recommend that a trivet is always used under hot pans and ovenware. Chopping directly on to granite can damage the surface, not to mention taking the edge from your knife, so it is advised a chopping board is always used.
Being a man made and engineered product, Quartz is also very hard-wearing. Being virtually impervious to water, it does not need to be sealed at the factory. It is also very stain resistant, but we still strongly suggest that all spillages are cleaned up without delay to avoid any damage to the quartz surface – taking particular care with: acidic liquids such as lemon/orange juice, wine, vinegar, abrasive cleaners and any oils. We advise that trivets are used on quartz surfaces. Quartz materials are again heat resistant, but the resin in the make-up of the quartz slab can scorch and etch the surface if over heated, so the advice is the same, use a trivet to guard from hot pans and ovenware.. Generally, quartz is scratch resistant but not 100% scratch proof, so we would advise chopping boards are used.
Taking proper care of your worktops is the best way to maintaining that brand new look, bu please do avoid using any abrasive cleaners as they can damage the stone.
How do we receive a quotation?
You can email us your kitchen plan here.
Alternatively, you can give us a call on 01924 472277 or just drop in and visit us at the showroom in Ossett West Yorkshire
What is more expensive Natural Stone or Quartz?
This is a very important question but is a tricky one to answer, as It purely depends on the material and colour that you choose. No matter whether it’s quartz or granite, each colour has to be priced individually as it relates to the bands within the granite and quartz brackets. The experts at Henley Granite and Marble will be more than pleased to help you all they can to guide you through the pricing minefield and help you choose the right stone for your budget.
How do I get started and book my template?
Once you have accepted the quotation and you have decided to move forward with us, your template can be done as soon as your base units are fixed in place and the appliances are available on site. All this has to be in place before the template can be made. If you are purely replacing your work surfaces, it is imperative that your existing worktops are removed before we template to ensure we can take accurate measurements and assess the suitability of your current kitchen units.
What are the lead times?
Usually the lead time between template and installation is 4-5 days, but this can increase depending on material availability.
How do I maintain my worktop?
Apply a proprietary granite and quartz spray with a clean cloth on a daily basis. This will maintain the polished surface.