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INFORMATION ON NATURAL STONE

GRANITE
We must stress that all customers pay particular attention to the following information when choosing granite. This information is supplied to make sure all customers are aware of the characteristics of natural stone. Some types of granites have a highly polished glass like finish, whilst others have a more open grain. Open grained materials gives the effect of a more textured surface and this can be more noticeable especially around window areas. You can also see this effect if you look across your worktops at a certain angle in a certain light. Lamont stone insist on first choice materials from their suppliers. However even in first quality material some or all of the natural characteristics will still be present. Due to granite's inconsistent make up, there can also be colour variation, micro pores, fissures and natural markings still present in the finished worktop. Whilst granite is very hard wearing and it is still not perfect due to its natural structure. Such features are an inherent part of the product but does no impair the durability nor the beauty of the product. In order to try to reduce the above mentioned characteristics, and to provide worktops of the highest quality, all worktops are filled, resined, reinforced and and laquered where necessary during manufacture. Therefore careful consideration should be given, as to whether the structure, veining, colour variation, and finish of the particular granite you choose will be acceptable, as it will not be possible to eliminate any of these natural markings after the worktop has been installed.

MARBLE  
Due to increasing demand for new colours in natural stone, marble is becoming increasing popular as a material for kitchen worktops. Until now these materials were more commonly used for vanity tops, bath and shower panels etc. In these situations it is more ideal as it is not normally subject the possibility of etching and staining. However compared to granite marble is a much softer material and when used for kitchen worktops it does not have the same resistance to everyday use. Being softer it will chip, scratch and stain more easily It will react to everyday products used in the kitchen such as coffee, tea, wine, vinegar, sauce, fruit juice, spices and similar type products. To keep it in good condition our care and maintenance instructions must be followed very carefully otherwise some or all of the above problems will develop over time.
All our products carry a full one year warranty against faulty workmanship. Due to circumstances beyond our control after installation, we cannot guarantee it against any of the following: Staining, Scratching, Etching or Chipping, and therefore is not covered under our warranty.
 

QUARTZITE  
Quartzite is becoming more fashionable for work surfaces with the most popular materials being sourced from Brazil. Quartzite is a metamorphic rock composed by crystallized quartz grains (Sandstone in its original form) with unique, glassy appearance. It has a similar look of marble but, the stone provides you with the strength of granite. If you are looking for veins and swirls then this material is perfect.
Quartzite is a fully natural product. During the formation process a variety of irregularities can occur in colour and texture. These can be seen in a variety of ways: micro pores, vents, fissures, veins, etc. In order to try to reduce the above mentioned characteristics, and to provide worktops of the highest quality, all worktops are filled, resined, reinforced, lacquered and polished where necessary during manufacture to create a luxury work surface.
Like any natural material these differences in texture, colour and lustre of the stone can in no way be considered as defects as these are natural characteristics of the stone and gives it its own natural beauty and individuality. Due to this variation in colour, etc we always recommend a visit to see the current slab(s) in person at time of order as a small sample cannot always reflect accurately the colour and diversity of the slabs.
Therefore, careful consideration should be given, as to whether the structure, veining and colour variation of the particular material you've chosen will be acceptable, as it will not be possible to eliminate any of these natural markings after the worktop has been installed. However it is still not perfect due to its natural structure. Such features are an inherent part of the product and will not reduce the quality of the goods. Please remember: Should you have any other concerns regarding the material you have chosen please consult a member of our fully trained staff who will be able to help and advise you before proceeding with your order.
Porosity :  Quartzite is available with different porosity levels. The slabs of quartzite that are highly metamorphosed contain tightly bonded minerals with very low levels of porosity. This is courtesy of the tight air pockets contained in their various layers. Then, there are quartzite types that have been subjected to lesser heat and pressure conditions. They are considered to be slightly more porous in nature but not as porous as limestone or marble. We recommend regularly sealing of worktops to make them as non-porous as possible.
Resistance to Etching: Regardless of the nature or frequency of usage, quartzite worktops do not etch easily. Our worktops are sturdier and harder than granite. However, they do require a bit of maintenance and care to keep them looking as good as new.


SINQUASTONE  
Sinquastone is a manufactured stone made up of 93% quartz and 7% polymer. This makes it as hard as granite and five times stronger. Whilst sinquastone has a polished finish, it is not as highly polished as most marble or granites. The advantage in sinquastone is that it is consistent in colour, free from micro pores, fissures and irregular markings found in most natural stones. For someone wanting to avoid these irregularities this material would be a better option.


FABRICATION
DRAINER GROOVES : alone will not remove excess water from the worktop they simply give the worktop a more aesthetic appearance. They are flat and will not automatically run the water into the sink. They make it slightly easier to wipe away any spillage into the sink but are not as effective as a recessed drainer.

RECESS DRAINERS : are designed to contain a reasonable amount of excess water on the worktop. It prevents it from running over the edge onto the units and floor. However it will not run the water into the sink and this will have to be wiped down.

JOINTING : Where joints are required they are usually a maximum of 2 mm. Whilst not invisible they are both  inconspicuous and hygienic. They are butt glued and filled with a coloured matched polyester glue creating a flush fitting joint. All glues and sealants used during the installation of your worktop are antibacterial and will not detoriorate over time.

THICKNESS : Granite can vary in thickness therefore a 20, 30 or 40mm worktop can be plus or minus 2 mm

HONED FINISH : Anyone who chooses a honed finish must be aware that any unpolished material will be more difficult to look after. It will be more prone to absorbing oil and various other liquids which can be difficult to remove. ( Not covered by our anti-stain warranty )

INSTALLATION : To avoid damage and to allow for expansion of the worktop a 5mm clearance around the wall is required for installation.

SAMPLES : All samples provided serve only to indicate in a general way the colour, markings and texture found in each particular material. Therefore there may be some variation in the sample provided and our current stock.  If you are in any doubt as to the colour, shade or overall appearance of the material you will receive, it is advisable to visit our warehouse where you can select the material from which your worktop will be produced.

PLEASE REMEMBER : Natural stone is a rock produced by mother nature. It was not formed specifically for worktops. Therefore some or all of the natural markings highlighted above may still be present on your worktop. These are not manufacturing faults and are not covered by our guarantee. Should you have any other concerns regarding the material you have chosen please consult a member of our fully trained staff who will be able to help and advise you before proceeding with your order.


Lamont Stone have been founded on the principles of developing and delivering innovative manufacturing techniques and exceptional products together with a friendly, professional and responsive service to our customers.