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The roles and functions, that we offer as a company, are that of fabrication and the sale of stone related products. The temptation whilst writing this article is to in someway slur composite materials. Owing to the fact that this is not a product that we offer. We will resist this in the hope that this article remains as impartial as possible.

Within the UK, consumers have the opportunity to explore the virtues of various composite worktops. Unlike the plastic and paper layers of laminate worktops, solid surface worktops add style and elegance to any kitchen. An example of such a worktop type is the composite worktop. This worktop is a smooth, solid surface that can be fabricated to virtually any shape imaginable.

Corian was the first solid surface which was introduced in the UK in 1979 by DuPont™. It is available in various colours, but has competition from the other types of the composite worktop which include the Staron, Avonite, LG Hi-Macs and Hanex. They are generally between 11 to 14mm in thickness and can be fabricated to give a vast range of worktop shapes. The top surface generally sits upon an MDF or chipboard core making an overall surface thickness of around 38mm.

Fabrication options such as drainer grooves, integral sinks, up stands with a waterfall edge, curves in different dimensions, as well as faultless joins are all possible with this material. This stylish worktop keeps your wits at rest and unequal design suppleness. The worktop can be fashioned to conform to the best artistic kitchen blueprint.

Unlike the Corian which has just a 10 year warranty and comes in 100 colours, the LG Hi-Macs currently has 80 colour varieties with a 15 year warranty.

These surfaces can be stain-free if properly maintained. They have turned out to be exceedingly popular owing to the flexibility of fabrication and virtually zero visibility of joins between pieces.

The downsides of composite worktops are the price, plastic like appearance and durability. In comparison to granite, composite worktops generally are somewhere between 30 - 50% more expensive; this is based on our experience of pricing various jobs on a like for like basis, over a period of time. When you consider that granite is quarried in a foreign country, then sliced down into slabs, imported into the UK and then fabricated to suit consumers requirements, we have never been able to fathom how a 13mm thick material, essentially a composite worktop, regardless of brand, is more expensive than granite.

Composite worktops can never match the depth of beauty of natural stone, so in comparison, that can look like a very poor imitation at best, or plastic, in the worst cases. The top surface layer of composite worktops, the part, which has the, visual colour that you can see, cannot withstand the same levels of temperature as granite. Placing very hot items on the surface could easily cause burns. Cutting directly onto the surface can also cause scratching and marks.

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