Revamping your kitchen or bath? Whether you’re concerned about color palettes or mad about maintenance and durability, you’re sure to find a stunning stone countertop style ideally suited for your life, style and budget.
Which One of these Swoon-Worthy Stone Options Best Fits Your Needs?
Granite is among the most durable and lasting stone countertops on the market, with plenty of character. Slabs are available in a wide variety of color offerings, encompassing nearly every shade in the rainbow, each with its own unique grains and patterning. Properly and regularly sealed, the stone requires minimal upkeep, and is easy to clean. With the variety of thicknesses, specialty finishes and edges available, the sky’s the limit for design possibilities.
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Quartzite (not to be confused with engineered quartz) is a natural stone with looks similar to heavily veined white and grey marble. Unlike softer marble, it is harder, with a similar resistance to etching and scratching as granite. Quartzite is easily cleaned with soap and warm water, but like other natural stones, does require periodic sealing.
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- Engineered Quartz
Engineered quartz is a manmade stone, created from crushed quartz bound with a polymer resin. The hard, non-porous nature of this engineered stone makes it extremely easy-care and resistant to stains and scratches. Wipe it down with soap and water and you’re good to go, or easily disinfect it with a recommended sanitizer. Advances in technology have rapidly widened quartz selection, encompassing hundreds of styles from flawless white to shocking blues and reds, as well as options that mimic natural stone and other materials, offering high-end looks in a low-maintenance package.
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Soft and beautiful, the various gray shades of soapstone don’t require sealing, but can be treated with mineral oil to give this stunning stone a luxurious sheen. Nonporous and non-reactive, it is the countertop of choice in chemistry labs nationwide. Though easily scratched due to its soft nature, soapstone is supremely durable. Resistant to stains and bacteria, acid-resistant, unaffected by heat, and easily cleaned, it will develop a naturally darker patina over time. Look to premium, lower-talc varieties for a harder surface, and lasting kitchen design.
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An unrivaled classic, marble counters never go out of style. Softer than granite, though it can stain and scratch easily, this develops into a natural, classic patina over time. Favored by bakers for its organically smooth surface and anti-caking calcium-carbonate composition, marble surfaces moderate temperatures better than other stone options, keeping surfaces cool – ideal for dough preparation, tempering chocolate, and more. Timeless and durable when properly cared for, it blends well with nearly any kitchen or bath design.
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Soft and buttery in feel and tone, porous limestone requires regular sealing and maintenance to remain stain-free, but its lovely, creamy appearance, flecked with fossilized remnants, makes it worth the effort. Look to denser, lower porosity premium slabs to minimize maintenance and ensure durability.
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Which natural stone countertop are you over the moon for? Cozy up to the swoon-worthy stone countertop selection at your area Granite Imports today.