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Here at Coulon Stone, we can create and fit almost all elements of your bathroom, including vanity tops, stone sinks, shower trays, bath surrounds, window sills, stone tiles and wall panels.

The most popular materials are marble, slate, limestone and quartz. To help you choose which material would work best for your bathroom, we’ve put together a table explaining the features, benefits and care tips for each of the most popular materials.

Bathrooms – The features and benefits of different material options.

Coulon Stone are based in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, and cover Beaconsfield, Marlow, Henley, Gerrards Cross, London, Oxford and beyond.

If you would like a FREE QUOTE for your bathroom project, bring or send us some measurements and/or drawings with a rough idea of which marble, quartz or other stone you like, and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours with an idea of budget.

We pride ourselves on our seven day turnaround for bathroom vanity tops, shower trays and bath surrounds.

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​​STONE

FEATURES

DURABILITY RATING

(out of 5*)

CLEANING TIPS

MARBLE

  • ​​A natural stone.
  • Classically white with grey and/or gold veins running through, but also comes in blacks, greens, pinks, browns and oranges.
  • Associated with luxury.
  • Thicknesses: 20mm, 30mm and 10mm tiles.People choose marble for their bathroom because they want that classic, luxurious look. It can also be clean and fresh looking.



















​Durability Rating: ****


Is it suitable for a Vanity Top? - Yes

Is it suitable for a Shower Tray? - Yes
Is it suitable for a Shower Wall? - Yes
Is it suitable for a Bath Surround? - Yes
Is it suitable for the Bathroom Floor? - Yes
Will it be slippery? - Not if honed
Is it easy to clean? - Needs to be regularly sealed  and wiped.
Will is stain around the sink, toilet and shower? - Yes unless sealed regularly

 Overall: with proper care and attention, marble can look beautiful in a bathroom for years and years.

​Don’t use household cleaning products or bleaches

on your marble, they irritate the stone making

it more susceptible to staining and scratching. Instead, we recommend using Dry Treat’s

Rejuvenata Spray’ which not only cleans

your marble gently, but contains a small

amount of sealer to enhance the protection

of your marble.


Also, do not use a scourer pads, particularly

metal ones, on marble.  

LIMESTONE

  • ​A natural stone.
  • A sedimentary rock, composed mainly of skeletal fragments of marine organisms
  • such as coral, forams and molluscs.
  • Some limestone’s can be almost as hard as granite, whilst others are softer.
  • Thicknesses: 20mm, 30mm and 10mm tiles.
  • People might choose limestone because they like the earthy tones, natural look.















​Durability Rating: ***/*

Is it suitable for a Vanity Top? - Yes
Is it suitable for a Shower Tray? - Yes
Is it suitable for a Shower Wall? -Yes
Is it suitable for a Bath Surround? - Yes
Is it suitable for the Bathroom Floor?- Yes
Will it be slippery? - Not if honed
Is it easy to clean? - Yes
Will is stain around the sink, toilet and shower? - Yes unless sealed regularly

 Overall: with proper care and attention, limestone can look beautiful in your bathroom for years and years.

​Similarly to marble, don’t use household cleaning

products or bleaches, they irritate the stone making

it more susceptible to staining and scratching. Instead,

we recommend using Dry Treat’s ‘Rejuvenata Spray

which not only cleans, but contains a small amount

of sealer to enhance the protection of your limestone.


Also, do not use a scourer pads, particularly metal ones

COMPOSITE QUARTZ

COMMONLY KNOWN AS QUARTZ


  • ​​A very hard man-made surface - made from crushed stone and sand held together by resin.
  • Thicknesses: 20mm, 30mm
  • People choose quartz for their bathroom because:

- They’re looking for a more uniform look.
- They’re looking for a more modern design.
- They want something that resembles marble but is more durable.

Common Questions:

Is there a difference between brands? – Not in quality,

no, brands like Silestone and Caesarstone are more

expensive because they have a larger range of colours and textures.Is Silestone a quartz? – Yes Silestone is simply a

brand of quartz, made in exactly the same way as other brands like Arenastone, Caesarstone and iStone.


















​Durability Rating: ****

 Is it suitable for a Vanity Top? - Yes
Is it suitable for a Shower Tray? - Yes
Is it suitable for a Shower Wall? - Yes
Is it suitable for a Bath Surround? - Yes
Is it suitable for the Bathroom Floor? - Yes
Will it be slippery? - Not if you choose a honed one
Is it easy to clean? - Yes
Will is stain around the sink, toilet and shower? - Not if properly cleaned

​Similarly to granite, clean it with a gentle, neutral,

surface cleaner, avoid heavy bleaches and harsh chemicals.Quartz can appear dull or smeary over

time so we recommend lightly polishing it once a week

with a stone polisher, for example

Pledge’s Multi-Surface or our favourite is ‘Granite Clean and Sheen’ which you can buy from us for £21.60 inc VAT.

SLATE

  • ​A natural stone.
  • Primarily formed with the coming together of clay and
  • volcanic ash.
  • Can be honed or riven.
  • Thicknesses:  20mm, 30mm or 10mm tiles.
  • People might choose slate because of it has a very classic,
  • natural look.
















​Durability Rating: ***/*

Is it suitable for a Vanity Top? - Yes
Is it suitable for a Shower Tray? - Yes
Is it suitable for a Shower Wall? - Yes
Is it suitable for a Bath Surround? -Yes
Is it suitable for the Bathroom Floor? -Yes
Will it be slippery? - Not if you choose a riven or honed one
Is it easy to clean?- Yes
Will is stain around the sink, toilet and shower? - Not if properly cleaned?

 Overall: with proper care and attention, slate can look beautiful for years and years.

Use a warm, soapy water or a gentle surface cleaner, avoid bleaches and harsh chemicals.
Don’t use scourering pads on your slate, particularly metal ones.