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Kitchen Benchtops Sydney – Stone Supplier

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Looking for the perfect Kitchen Benchtop?

Made in Stone will make the job easier for you. We provide a wide variety of reconstituted and engineered stone surfaces for a convenient way of finding something to suit your kitchen design. We offer you stone surfaces for flooring, wall cladding, kitchen countertops and more!

Check out some of our main products:

  1. Dekton
  2. Caesarstone
  3. Silestone
  4. Quantum Quartz
  5. Natural Stone
  6. Smartstone

We are one of the leading suppliers who offer a whole range of all natural and engineered stones with best prices to choose from as well as excellent services to supply and install countertops suitable for your needs.

Ideas for perfect kitchen benchtops

Choosing the best kitchen benchtops is hard whether you are designing or refurbishing your kitchen. At Made in Stone, we guarantee the best for our clients. We enumerated some factors you should consider in choosing the best kitchen benchtops for you.

  1. It must be durable – the strength of your benchtops is probably the first thing you should consider. You don’t want to end up renovating your kitchen again and again because of its weak surfaces which can be easily chipped or broken.
  2. It must be stain-free – The kitchen is the place where lots of coffee spills, oily ring marks, burns, slices from knives and all other daily challenges happen. Hence, it is better to consider buying countertops which will be resistant to these daily challenges.
  3. It must be affordable – Top quality is ideal but being wallet-friendly is always a must. At Made in Stone, we know the needs of our clients. We offer good quality countertops which will meet the budget of our clients.
  4. It must meet your choice of colour – We know for a fact that beauty also matters. Hence, it is best that you should choose countertops which will match the colour of your choice.
  5. You can rely on the experts – Finding the best countertop is not easy. You should seek ideas that will meet your standards and specifications. Not all individuals know the types and quality of the stones. Therefore, you should ask ideas from the experts.

The Importance of Choosing the Right Benchtops for Your Kitchen

As a major part of every home, the kitchen plays an important role in every household. It is the place where food preparation takes place. During every preparation, kitchen accidents might happen. Coffee stains and food stains may be scattered and may cause a damage to your kitchen benchtops.

Without the right kitchen benchtops, more expenses might occur. There will be further renovations and repairs in the future just to maintain its original look and beauty.

We don’t want that to happen right?

That is why choosing the right kitchen benchtops is important to avoid additional expenses in the future.

Also, it is wise to choose a countertop that is durable and will produce aesthetic ambience in a kitchen.

We all know how good it is to work in nice and clean surroundings especially in your kitchen. At made in stone, one of our goals is to give you the best working place by choosing us for your kitchen benchtops. Made in Stone can not only turn your dull kitchen into an exciting one, but we also have knowledgeable staff that will make the job of choosing the best countertops for you a simple one. We want to give you the best services we can offer.

Call us now for inquiries.

P (02) 9756 4599
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Silestone Sydney: Stone Suppliers

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What are Silestone Countertops?

Silestone Countertops are known to be one of the most durable countertops which have an extremely non-porous counter that resists spills and stains. They have an outstanding property created for kitchen, floor, walls and bathroom design applications.

Made in Stone provides a variety of Silestone countertops with beauty similar to natural stone in a wide range of colours and extraordinary textures. These countertops give a modern look that ensures the durability and safety of each product they produced.

Silestone vs. Quartz

There is really no difference between Quartz and Silestone countertops. Silestone is a brand name for countertops which is the result of a processed quartz stone. It is a combination of natural quartz and other raw materials that are extraordinarily hard and resilient. These characteristics combine to create an ideal surface for kitchen countertops, bathrooms, flooring and wall siding.

Quartz stone is a natural stone. It is one of the hardest materials used in the manufacturing of countertops. Aside from excellent durability, Silestone countertops are also scratch and scorch proof, therefore they will prevent average kitchen and bathroom accidents.

Why choose Silestone countertops?

Choosing a good countertop option for your kitchen and bathroom might be tough. There are many things to consider such as the colour, durability and styles. Silestone Countertops give you a wide variety of choices and ensure extreme durability which will fit all your needs.

Silestone is a form of quartz which provides many tones and styles that complement many home designs. This surface offers endless possibilities to chose from. Most importantly, since it is a non-porous structure, it prevents bacteria and viruses from living inside your kitchen, wall and bathrooms.

Above all, if you are looking for a countertop that will guarantee to bear durability and is easy to clean during accidental spills, Silestone is the one you are looking for. Want to find countertops that ensure an aesthetic beauty for your kitchen or bathroom? Try checking out our Silestone range! We got it all for you.

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Counter balancing your kitchen with natural stone benchtops

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Why Natural Stone?

For years, many architects and kitchen designers steered their clients away from natural stone benchtops such as marble, limestone and soapstone because of their porous, fragile nature, but people have eased up in their attitudes about having a perfect kitchen. After some years of use, kitchen benchtops can start to have nicks along their edges where someone has accidentally banged a heavy pot or had their share of stains, particularly under the coffee maker. But neither scrape nor spot should bother you! They are evidence of time well spent, food made and enjoyed.

 

What’s involved in maintenance?

Most natural-stone benchtops should be sealed using a clear liquid silicone that can be bought at a hardware store. Sealing does not make the stone stain-proof, but it makes it more stain-resistant. Your fabricator typically seals the stone before it is delivered and installed, and then it’s sealed again after installation. It is recommended that you reseal your benchtops about once or twice a year depending on how much you use your kitchen. Soapstone and slate should be oiled with mineral oil several times a year, which will help them resist staining. You will know your benchtops are sealed and/or oiled properly when water beads on the surface.

The key to keeping your natural-stone benchtops looking their best is simple: Clean up spills as soon as you see them. The longer you let red wine, coffee, lemon juice, cranberry juice or salad dressing sit on your counter, the more it will penetrate and leave a stain. If you do end up with a stain (like coffee-stained marble), chances are it can be removed. The Natural Stone Institute lists solutions to many common stains. (You may be able to get rid of coffee stains by mixing a small amount of hydrogen peroxide in water with a few drops of ammonia and then applying it to the stain with a clean white rag.) Sometimes, however, a stain is bad enough that you need to call in the professionals. In some cases, stains may not come out totally, but you can usually make them less noticeable.

Still interested? Check out our range of natural stone today!

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Quantum Quartz – The quintessential surface that defines quality

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What is Quantum Quartz?

Quantum Quartz is a composite of natural minerals and rocks – made up of 93% natural quartz bound with resin, pigments and other fillers. It can be used in a variety of domestic and commercial interior applications including kitchen and vanity tops, flooring, wall cladding, furniture, and many more. It is also an amazing surface which can really help elevate your room to a new level of quality.

What makes Quantum Quartz special?

Fillers, Resins & Additives

For Quartz based engineered stone, Quartz chips are used as the major filler. In addition coloured glass, oyster shells and metal are used to enhance the surface features of the stone. The proportion of Quartz used varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. It is generally made using a combination of 93% Quartz, with 7% of resin, recycled coloured glass, oyster shells, colours and binders.

Resins are used in many high‐strength demanding applications. The type of resin that is used in engineered stone can also differ from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some use epoxies or polyesters as well as other proprietary resins. Engineered stone products made with these resins are generally not considered to be thermoformable. Made in Stone’s quantum quartz products contain only the highest quality resins to bring out the very best result and ensure a quality surface every time.

Quartz-based engineered products contain numerous additives. These include pigments, but also a host of additives that improve or enhance chemical and performance properties: UV absorbers, cross‐linking agents, stabilisers, and the list goes on. Here at Made in Stone, we always strive to improve upon and implement the latest technologies in our stone.

Every year we are constantly finding ways to improve our products and one such improvement is an important additive which all Engineered stone share, a catalyst. This is the chemical, usually a peroxide, which causes the mixture to harden or cure the surface. We constantly strive to ensure that our catalyst is the perfect mixture and constantly seek new ways to improve on it so we can make our Quantum Quartz surfaces the very best they can be.

Casting, Curing & Colour

The way a solid surface is “cast” is generally a simple one. The resin is mixed with the additives and fillers and then poured into a mould, usually open, sometimes closed (usually closed for shaped products). It is important that no air bubbles are entrapped in the mix, as this would result in voids in the material. This is accomplished in different ways, from simple adjusting of the viscosity of the mix to vibrating casting tables and other more exotic methods.

Curing means allowing the chemical reactions that form the Engineered Stone product to be as close to 100% complete as possible, leaving a stable, inert material with all its performance properties intact. Some Engineered Stones cure by themselves in the open air. Others cure by being bathed in steam or heated in ovens. Many polyester resins require “post‐curing” operations, usually a heating‐cooling cycle which increases the degree of cure. As part of our constant drive for quality, we take curing our stone very seriously and ensure that the utmost care has gone into each and every one of our Quantum Quartz products.

Quantum Quartz comes in a variety of colours. Choose a colour that will compliment your décor. A slight colour variation may occur from batch to batch due to the location from which the natural material is quarried. Also, due to the natural quartz composition of Engineered Stone, irregularities such as spots or colour particles in the slab may occur.

Abrasion, Stain & Chemical Resistance

ASTM C‐241 tests the wearing resistance capacity of natural stones, ceramic and porcelain materials to the abrasion of foot traffic. Results of 10 qualify the material for normal traffic areas; 12 are required to pass for commercial floors, stair steps and platforms subject to heavy traffic. Quantum Quartz has an abrasive hardness of 60.

The capacity of commonly used tiles to resist the abrasion made by dragging heavy objects of different materials is evaluated using Abrasive Wearing Index Tests. The most common results are natural clay ceramic tiles 35 or more and porcelain tiles 100 or more. Quantum Quartz has an abrasion‐wearing index of more than 175 or about double than porcelain tiles.

Quantum Quartz is highly resistant to stains. Common spills that stay on the surface are easy to clean with regular cleaners. It has no trace of stain on the surface as tested per ASTM C‐650. The inert properties of its natural components (quartz, silica and or granite) together with its fabrication process make polished and semi‐gloss finished. These made a quantum quartz more resistant to stains than any other competitive material.

Quantum Quartz is an ideal product for applications where chemicals and/or strong cleaning agents are used. In addition, it is virtually non‐porous; hence, it is impervious to most concentrated solutions of industrial chemicals.

Listed below are industrial chemicals for which Quantum Quartz has been tested.

Check out our full Quantum Quartz offerings and colour range!

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT STONE

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The Right Stone

The use of stone as an essential component of design is nothing new; in fact, stonemasons have been crafting structures with stone since time immemorial. When designing your home, stone is a viable material for use in the kitchen, bathrooms, and even the bedrooms. You can rely on stone for the construction of wall surfaces, countertops, chimneys, balustrades, and decorative finishes such as mosaics. However, not all stone is created equal and being able to choose the right stone for the job is a crucial decision. Even though today’s market offers a plethora of choice, and selecting a quality stone has never been easier, one question remains that evades a simple answer. What is best, natural stone, or engineered stone?

Natural or Engineered

You might be quick to think that there is nothing to debate; after all, if the artificial stone is made to look like natural stone, natural has to be the right choice. To say that, however, would be to oversimplify the issue. As with everything else in life, each side of the natural vs. artificial debate has its advantages and disadvantages.

  • Natural stone, as the name implies, has an entirely natural origin. Natural stone is cut directly from the mountainside or quarry and sold as is.
  • Engineered stone is made by putting natural stone material through various manufacturing processes with the aim of improving its various qualities such as durability and permeability.

kitchen-bench-topsWhile natural stone can be beautiful on its own, the aesthetics of a given piece will be left entirely to chance. Remember that natural stone is cut and sold as is. Engineered stone, on the other hand, gives you complete control over colour patterns and provides aesthetic consistency throughout the design; which, to be fair, makes it harder to repair and damage more immediately noticeable.

Engineered stone surfaces also offer a higher degree of durability. Engineered stone is nonporous, which makes it highly resistant to staining, scratching, and etching. The nonporous quality of engineered stone also makes it very easy to clean, which further extends its lifespan. However, engineered surfaces can be susceptible to damage if exposed to extreme temperatures so extra care should be taken if used in the kitchen.

 

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Natural stone tends to be on the heavier side, and as such, some structural reinforcement might be required before installation on certain surfaces. One important fact to note is that when it comes to resale value, nothing beats natural stone. If you plan on renovating or reselling your home, natural stone will add significantly more value to your property.

 

When it comes time to decide between using a natural stone surface and engineered stone, the choice will ultimately come down to your inclinations and personal circumstances. Hopefully, we have provided you with enough food for thought so that after careful consideration of all factors you can make a more informed decision.

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We have moved to Smithfield

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Smithfield, NSW 2164

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