What is Quartz / Granite / Acrylic?

Quartz  Levantina Quartz is a unique stone that could only come from a combination of the best that nature has to offer and the most advanced technology for kitchen worktop design.  Levantina Quartz has a sophisticated appearance; it has the feel and weight of natural stone but with a striking modern quality.  Composed of at least 90% inorganic components (essentially quartz and silicone).  Levantina Quartz can be used in the creation of the most beautiful kitchen worktops, its colour consistency being better than any other natural stone.

Granite – Granite is generally quarried directly from the mountainside where it has formed slowly over millions of years.  Colour and veining changes along with geographical characteristics and mineral composition of each area.  This ensures your granite kitchen worktop will be a unique and beautiful piece of nature, giving your kitchen that luxurious, natural appeal only granite can provide.  Levantina Granite is a carefully selected range of the most popular and consistent granite from around the world, providing a stunning finishing touch and bringing your beautiful new  kitchen worktop to life.

Acrylic – Levantina Acrylic surfaces create visually stunning, homogenous and aesthetically beautiful kitchen worktops.  Levantina Acrylic is made from the highest quality composition using 100% PMMA (pure acrylic) and mixed with natural minerals (primarily aluminium trihydrate, derived from bauxite).  Pure acrylic is a premium quality material that will retain its colour over time and avoid yellowing discolouration that is a feature of inferior quality brands.  A range of moulded sinks is also available to compliment your kitchen worktop design.

Does it stain?

Quartz – Levantina Quartz is a non-porous kitchen worktop surface and is very resistant from products of daily use.

Granite – All Levantina Granite comes with Stain Shield as standard.  This special repellent is applied to every Levantina Granite worktop piece, offering greater protection against household products that could stain the surface.  It is added to the worktops in our factory and goes beyond conventional sealers in that once professionally applied it creates a natural bond with the granite, eliminating the need for any further application over time.

Once the stain resistant sealer has permeated the surface, typically to a depth of 5mm, it prevents the micro-pores inherent in the granite from absorbing liquids whilst still allowing the granite to breathe so it retains its natural appearance.

Acrylic – Levantina Acrylic is a non-porous worktop surface and very resistant to stains of coffee, wine, lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar; make-up and lots of products of daily use.

Can I cut directly on my worktop?

Quartz – Levantina Quartz is a dense and compact material which results in the worktop surface having a high resistance to scratching and abrasions.  There are only three natural stones harder than Quartz; Diamond, Sapphire and Topaz.

Granite – Levantina Granite is an igneous rock and therefore it is very hard, making it difficult to scratch or damage the worktop surface.

Acrylic  – Levantina Acrylic worktops are renewable meaning they can be fully restored with ordinary and mild household abrasive cleaners and a scouring pad, or in the event of heavy wear and tear through a professional restoration service.

Will hot pans damage my worktop?

Quartz/Granite – Levantina Quartz / Levantina Granite has very good heat resistance but is not heat proof.  We recommend the use of hob bars and trivets for added protection for your kitchen worktop.

Acrylic  – Avoid placing hot pans directly onto the acrylic surface as this can damage the worktop. Always use heat mats/trivets. We also recommend specifying hob bars adjacent to hob for guaranteed protection across the kitchen worktop.

How do I clean my worktop?

Quartz/Granite– Mild detergent or hot soapy water is the only maintenance usually required. For more stubborn marks or spillages try Cif or equivalent. Always read the label on cleaning products to check for suitability with materials.

Acrylic – Mild detergent or hot soapy water is the only maintenance usually required. For more stubborn marks or spillages try Cif or equivalent. You can also use Bar Keepers Friend  for oil and grease marks. Always read the label on cleaning products to check for suitability with materials.

What is the longest worktop length I can have?

Quartz worktop– Maximum length without a joint is 3000mm

Granite worktop – Maximum length without a joint is 2700mm

Acrylic worktop – Levantina Acrylic can be fabricated with inconspicuous joints helping create a seamless work surface appearance.

Is Corian stain-resistant?

Corian® is stain-resistant. Because Corian® is nonporous, stains can’t penetrate the surface, so it’s easy to clean and maintain. Unlike natural stone, Corian® never requires sealing.

Is Corian® heat-resistant?

We do not recommend placing a hot pot directly on Corian®. Although Corian® remains stable and undamaged in temperatures up to 212 °F (100 °C), high heat or flame will damage your surface. In most cases, this damage can be repaired. To protect your Corian® from heat damage, always use a hot pad or a trivet with rubber feet when using hot pots, or heat-generating appliances like electric skillets or electric cooking pots.

How do I clean my Corian®?

Corian® is easy to clean. Soapy water or an ammonia-based cleaner is all that is necessary for day-to-day care of your Corian®. Minor scratches, burns or discoloration are also easy to repair. Major damage should be repaired by a Certified Fabricator/Installer of DuPont Corian®. Contact an Authorized Retailer of Corian® for assistance.

What is Hanex®?

Hanex® 100% Acrylic Solid Surface is an ideal material for residential and commercial application because of its beauty, durability, aesthetics, design flexibility, color choices, and more. Hanex® products are non-porous material and NSF 51 Certified for Food Preparation areas. They can be applied in many applications where sanitation is of utmost importance, such as Kitchen Countertops, Hospitals, Playrooms, Schools, and many more.

What is Hanex® made of?

Hanex® 100% Acrylic Solid Surface is made with composition of Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) and Poly Methyl Methacrylate (PMMA) resin filled with Alumina-Trihydrate and other specialized formula to give it the timeless beauty and quality. Only two companies have successfully developed the DBCU (Double Belt Casting Unit) process to produce superior products.

Can I receive Hanex® samples?

Hanex® samples are provided to help our customers in making the right selection from the vast array of colors and designs.

Is Hanex® repairable?

Unlike other surfacing materials, Hanex® can be repaired to its original condition. Hanex® is non-porous and solid throughout the entire material. These features make Hanex virtually Maintenance Free and Completely Repairable.

How do I clean and take care of my Hanex®?

Unlike other Surfacing materials which are produced by laminating or coating, Hanex® is Non-Porous and Solid though the entire material. These features make Hanex® virtually Maintenance Free and Reparable. To ensure long lasting beauty, follow the guidelines to prevent damages and care for your investment.

What is HI-MACS®?

It is a solid surface material comprising of 75% natural mineral and pigments set in an acrylic matrix.

What can it be used for?

HI-MACS® is so versatile that it can be used for a wide variety of applications in the home or in commercial property. Please refer to the Applications section.

Does it scratch?

HI-MACS® is a high quality surface material. A chopping board should be used for food preparation and avoid moving rough based objects across the surface

How is it cleaned?

Normal cleaning is just done using soapy water. If marks remain on the surface, materials such as Cif or Flash can be used. Please refer to the Use and Care Section.

How does it react to heat?

In common with other high quality surfaces, pans or trays taken off the hob or out of the oven should be placed onto a trivet of some sort. Fabricators can incorporate hob bars into an installation.

What’s the difference between Oak/Prime Oak & Beech/Prime Beech 

Standard Oak/Beech worktops have a more prominent grain pattern and more natural features than their Prime variant, and in general have more character. Most worktops will have colour variation between each separate stave. 

Prime worktops have a more uniform, delicate grain with fewer natural features. Prime worktops have a sophisticated look and as a result are more suited to contemporary / glamorous kitchens.

Apart from the colour, what is the difference between each type of timber? 

All of our worktops are constructed from hardwood and as such there is no difference in versatility. Some timbers such as Wenge are extremely dense, providing a very hardwearing surface, whereas other timbers such as Iroko have a high natural oil content and are therefore suited to Belfast sinks. However, any worktop from our entire range, once professionally installed, is suitable to use as a kitchen worktop and as such your decision should be made on colour and style.