By Th3DirtYl1e. Natural Stone Countertops. At Tuesday, November 12th 2019, 15:09:23 PM.
Natural stone has a bad reputation for being expensive and out of reach to many consumers. However, this is simply not true. When you stop to consider the beauty and durability that you will receive from granite or marble countertops, the value definitely outweighs the cost. Investing money in an inferior product that just has to be replaced in a few years may end up costing you more in the long run. Check out prices online or visit a stone specialty store to find out more. Chances are, you will realize that stone countertops are not as pricey as you think.
You simply cannot find this type of elegance and beauty in a synthetic material. Investing in a granite or marble countertop is a smart way to add value to your home. When it comes time to sell your home, potential buyers will appreciate the addition of stone countertops. Granite is instantly recognizable as a durable and stylish surface that is ideal for kitchens. Potential buyers will be impressed with your countertops and understand the value that they add to a home.
Granite. Since there are so many color options with granite countertops, only the most popular or better looking colors are available in a honed finish. A highly popular granite color for the last two decades has been black. It is available in a wide range of options from the solid-looking Absolute Black granite to the glitzy variety Black Galaxy with gold flecks. Other more exotic black granite options are the largely veined Eclipse that looks like zebra stripes or even Magma Extra with its swirling contrast of black and gold. Any of these stones take on a whole new look with a honed finish. Highly polished Absolute Black, for example, has a modern appearance when installed in a sleek kitchen with stainless steel appliances and maple cabinetry. The same Absolute Black granite with a honed finish in the same kitchen gives the space a more organic or natural feel. By simply using a countertop stone with a honed finish the entire space will feel more casual and comfortable. Countertops have a large impact on any space, whether it's in the kitchen, bathroom, or media room.
Limestone Countertops. Limestone is a sedimentary rock with qualities similar to marble. Available in a wide range of neutrals and whites, limestone countertops have a smooth appearance, unlike granite. Formed from sand and the shells of aquatic life, limestone frequently includes small fossils and shells; some homeowners particularly value this unique aspect of limestone countertops. However, like marble, limestone is a soft rock: it tends to stain and scratch easily and is susceptible to etching. Your limestone counter can be sealed to help prevent staining and etching, but limestone is not recommended for high use areas such as kitchens.
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.
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.