Published at Wednesday, November 27th 2019, 02:52:57 AM. Natural Stone Countertops. By AMY ARYANA.
Look through any home design magazine and you will notice that the majority of homes have natural stone countertops. Natural stone, like granite, not only makes your kitchen and bathrooms look upscale and sophisticated, it is a very functional material that is long-lasting and durable. Discover why so many individuals are choosing to install natural stone countertops in their home.
Simple hues for classy look. Compared to granites these stones have very less color variations such as white and grey, with black and brown tinges. But color variations do occur due to the chemical elements such as pink (iron), green (copper), pink, red, blue, green, yellow, or orange. Because of other excellent qualities quartzites cannot be easily dismissed based on limited color choices. Natural quartzite countertops show strong character and look better when complemented with matching surroundings. Quartzite countertops take a glossy finish (metallic, in case of grey variants) giving a luxurious touch to your kitchen. Quartzite stones feature some of the beautiful textures and designs, making your kitchen look artistic.
Preferably Natural Stone Slabs. There are other types of countertops like vinyl, wood and plastic countertop. But to tolerate the heat of the kitchen and to be safe from fire accidents, it is always better to have a stone countertop. Countertops and slabs are available in different colors and designs. It is better to look into the budget and then choose the correct slab. The grout applied should be strong to hold the stone. If there is any problem with the grout then there would be chances of the slab falling off.
Travertine. Travertine and limestone countertops are more commonly available with a honed finish instead of a polished finish since it is a more popular selection. These stones are often the countertop of choice for bathroom vanities and utility rooms since they naturally appear more casual than granite or marble. However, a honed marble can have the same relaxed feeling as travertine when done in the right color. There are fewer color options with travertine and limestone than with granite or marble. The color range is light neutrals including beige, tan, and gray, but the patterning in the stone can range much more. Travertine is a type of limestone, which is found in the earth with natural pits or holes that can vary from dime to greater than fist sizes. When the stone is quarried and cut into slabs, these pits are filled to make a suitable countertop. These fills vary greatly in size and shape that determines the overall style of the stone. The large fills have a more rustic appearance, especially with a honed finish.
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.
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.
Granite Countertops. Granite is a common type of igneous (volcanic) rock that forms beautiful crystalline textures. A hard type of rock, granite is well suited for use as a counter in kitchens and bathrooms because it is both heat and scratch resistant. Granite is formed by heat and pressure over hundreds of years, so no two pieces of this natural stone are ever exactly alike. This one-of-a-kind characteristic is particularly appealing to homeowners who want a truly unique space. Granite countertops are available in a wide range of naturally occurring colors and patterns, from neutrals to striking blues and greens. Natural stone countertops like granite do typically increase the value of your home more than engineered stones like quartz as buyers tend to gravitate toward natural materials. However, despite its prestigious reputation, granite countertops do have several disadvantages. First of all, granite is a relatively porous stone, meaning it has to be chemically sealed to resist stains. The sealing process is simple, but it must occasionally be repeated; some people consider this need for routine maintenance a negative. Secondly, granite tends to be an expensive material. While granite tiles can be used in place of granite slabs to reduce the price of the countertop, not everyone can afford a granite countertop.