Published at Wednesday, November 27th 2019, 02:49:38 AM. Natural Stone Countertops. By Milani Emma.
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.
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.
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.
In today's society, a lot of focus is placed on going green for the benefit of the environment and saving money. One of the most important considerations when building or remodeling a home is the lasting effect particular materials used have on the environment. Some homes are going green completely with solar panels, environmentally friendly insulation, geothermal air conditioning, and so on, but not all builders are aware that natural stone is a fantastic addition to the green 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.
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.
Those who enjoy cooking for their family will love their stone countertops. Because they do not scratch or damage easily, you can cut and chop directly on the counter without a cutting board. Hot pots and pans can be placed directly on the surface without burning or ruining your surface. Because stones like granite do not harbor bacteria or mold growth, they are a very sanitary surface in which to prepare food. Plus, clean up is a breeze with warm soapy water and a soft cloth. One of the reasons that you will see stones like granite and marble in home decorating magazines is that there is no other material as beautiful as natural stone. The beautiful swirls of color and specks of light that are naturally infused in the stone make every piece unique and appealing in its own way. You simply cannot find this kind of beauty in a man-made product.