Picking the right surface type for your space can actually become one of the biggest decisions you will have to make in your renovation! The surfaces in your home not only shape the look, but also the feel of your space. So choosing the perfect fit for you and your project can be crucial, especially if you want to maximize the visual and tactile qualities.
We know how overwhelming this decision can be, especially if you don’t know enough (or anything) about each surface type and what characteristics it may feature. Each are made up of varying physical qualities, different design possibilities and unique visual outcomes. So we have put together a few pro’s and con’s on some of our most used surface types.
“made from a mixture of broken stone or gravel, sand, cement, and water, which can be spread or poured into moulds and forms a mass resembling stone on hardening.”
PROS – Concrete can be crafted in endless ways to suit your home or application, possible in any thickness, colour, texture or finish. This material is not only highly customisable but stain, water and heat resistant when sealed, so can be a perfect option for any wet area or kitchen space.
CONS – Concrete is a very hard wearing material to utilize, however does still need some maintenance to keep it in check. The surface will also patina over time, which we don’t particular see as a con but some people may not like it or expect it.
“a hard crystalline metamorphic form of limestone, typically white with coloured mottlings or streaks, which may be polished or honed.”
PROS – Marble is a very beautiful natural material, which is sourced from many special parts of the world. This surface can be a luxurious and timeless choice in any room of the house, and is sure to create a high end visual impact.
CONS – This luxury material does require a little more up keep compared to other stones, requiring a reseal every 1 to 2 years. The surface quality of marble is also fairly porous, so stains and etches are always a possibility.
NATURAL STONE –
PROS – This eco-friendly material are not only strong, hard wearing and sustainable but easy to care for. Cleaning is minimal, and repels moisture in most applications if sealed correctly . Stone is also a great way to create a cooler climate to the space.
CONS – All natural stone is completely unique, so each quarry creates endless variations – making exact matching difficult. Some types can become porous or fragile if not treated and sealed in the right way!
SOLID SURFACE –
“Composed of acrylic polymer and alumina trihydrate (ATH), a material derived from bauxite ore. Solid Surface can be whatever you imagine it can be, where ever you need it.”
PROS – This stain resistant, non porous material choice can be customized to fit into any space or application you require. Whether its bench tops, table tops, integrated sinks, bath tubs or wall cladding, solid surface offers a completely seamless finish. Another big benefit of solid surface is that it is renewable, marks and scratches are repairable through simple buffing. Suitable for any residential or commercial application, as it is tough, durable and hygienic.
CONS – The amount of maintenance attention of a solid surface can be on the higher level, depending on colour selection. The material isn’t scratch resistance either, so it can be a likely issue in a working space however this is repairable.
” Made up of real timber, sliced very finely. It is not made from man made fibre therefore is a renewable and sustainable resource.”
PROS – The main advantage of timber veneer is its reliability and stability, as it is does not encounter any issues of warping or splitting in comparison to solid timber. This eco friendly material is both durable and flexible in its applications, creating opportunities for timber surfaces where it wouldn’t have usually been possible.
CONS – The maintenance and repairability of veneer falls in comparison to solid timber however, as it is thin layers of timber it can not been sanded back. Sealant and finish also needs to be applied and up kept on this surface to prevent water damage and increase longevity.
SOLID TIMBER –
“Solid wood is lumber that has been milled directly from trees. A completely 100% natural material.”
PROS – This sustainable material adds great warmth and character to any space, its rich colours and natural detailing are sure to be a great feature piece. Hard wearing and repairable, this durable
CONS – As solid timber is a natural material, it’s form can be effected by climatic conditions such as swelling in humidity if not finished properly. Correct and regular maintenance is also critical.