Published at Wednesday, November 27th 2019, 02:33:49 AM. Natural Stone Countertops. By Milani Emma.
Replacing old and worn out kitchen countertops can transform the entire look of your room. It is a cost-efficient way to make your room look modern and updated without undergoing a full kitchen remodel. Quality countertops will not only make your kitchen look high end, it will make food prep and clean up a breeze. One of the best features of natural stone countertops is that they are extremely durable. Think of how much use and abuse your countertops receive from your family. While man-made materials tend to scratch or chip over time, stone, like granite, is almost impossible to break or crack. This means that your countertops will last a lifetime. While synthetic countertops may need to be replaced every few years, your stone counters will look as beautiful in thirty years as they did when they were installed.
Soapstone. Soapstone and slate are almost exclusively available in honed finishes. Another popular finish with these stones is a subtle texture called leathered or flamed. These textures have the same eggshell sheen as a flat honed finish, making them suitable for casual and nature-inspired spaces. Soapstone is typically a solid charcoal or gray with little movement or patterning. Although this stone is solid, it has a great deal of character with a honed finish. Slate has more movement and color variation, but has a similar feel as soapstone. These stones are softer to the touch than other natural stone countertops and have an ease about them that greatly compliments other natural materials like wood and metal. Honed natural stone countertops have a softer and more casual feel in today's homes than the classic polished surfaces.
Concrete slab countertops are fast becoming a popular option. Since most contractors will form and pour the concrete right there on site, it truly provides a custom look. You can get a beautiful polished concrete slab with any color pigment you choose. Chemicals stains and composites can mimic the looks of other natural stones like marble granite and even limestone. A coat of epoxy will give it that pretty glossy look and finish to help protect it.
Adding value to your kitchen and home are just a few of the perks you get when installing a new countertop. Besides just the looks it will draw, you can also increase the size and shape to fit your every need. Every dollar you spend remodeling your kitchen can double in re-sale value. Even though a natural stone countertop remodel is sometimes an expensive project, it is worth every penny in the long run, and a sound environmental friendly choice too.
Marble countertops are the softest version of natural stone countertops. They can be stained or soiled easily. Keep your marble countertops away from any oil or juice stain! Frequent polishing and sealing of the marble countertops though can keep away any permanent staining. It must be noted that marble countertops cannot withstand permanent stains or scratches.
Quartz Countertops. Quartz countertops are constructed from an engineered stone made from 93% quartz, pigment, and resin. This stone counter material has many of the same qualities of granite, but without the upkeep issues. Quartz countertops are heat and scratch resistant and will not stain. And, unlike granite, quartz never needs to be sealed. As a man-made material, quartz counters have a uniform color and pattern. Some homeowners do prefer this consistent look to the unique aspects of natural stone. It also means that if a segment of your quartz countertop is damaged, an identical replacement section can be obtained from the manufacturer without concerns about matching. Although it may seem that quartz countertops are inherently superior, they do have a number of drawbacks. The primary issue is that despite a similar cost, engineered quartz counters don't increase the value of your home as much as granite countertops do. Home buyers prefer the natural material over the man-made counter, so you'll want to keep this in mind if you're remodeling your kitchen as an investment. Additionally, although quartz counters are designed to mimic the natural look of granite, some people believe that quartz lacks the depth and beauty of granite. To be certain which look you prefer, make sure you see samples of both natural and engineered stone. Finally, with quartz your color and pattern options are more limited than with natural stone. There are a large number of colors available, but especially if you're trying to exactly match your existing color scheme you may prefer the limitless rainbow of natural stone.
By installing a new custom countertop, the ability to design them to fit your kitchen according to the shape you want is possible. Designing your countertop to go with your cabinets lets you be more creative and gives you the desired space you need. There are a variety of materials you can use to customize you new counter. Natural stone is one of the most popular choices used. Unmatched, the beauty and durability is unbeatable. You can pick out a natural stone countertop slab with a color combination you won't find in any other kitchen. There are not two pieces of natural stone anywhere in the world that are same. A popular choice for countertops is Granite slab. This is the second hardest substance in existence which means it is, for the most part, impervious to scratching and heat-resistant. Granite provides an extremely durable surface needed in a kitchen environment. This natural stone has many color deviations to add to the beauty of your kitchen.