Hi – we find composite is our clients’ most popular choice (and we have it ourselves in our kitchen). It’s a stone/resin compound and comes in 3m lengths. Granite is a natural material and the hardest wearing; Corian is essentially a plastic, made by Dupont, and can be used to seamlessly incorporate a sink. You can put hot pans onto granite and supposedly onto composite but we advise people to err on the side of caution and always use a trivet or mat.
Granite and corian are jointly second most popular choices, and relatively few people choose laminates or wood although it’s worth pointing out that, looked after properly, they can be incredibly hard-wearing (although wood does tend to wear near the sink) and are less expensive.
Handy link: http://www.silestone.co.uk/quartz/what-is-silestone.asp
Friends of ours recently installed Richlite which is pretty groovy – it’s a pulp that’s turned into paper and transformed into a dense composite that’s very eco, can be tooled like wood and is used for a variety of things including worktops and sinks.http://www.richlite.com/about/
Whatever you choose, do get a beveled edge to reduce the chance of chipping.
Hope this is helpful!
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