By Th3DirtYl1e. Natural Stone Countertops. At Tuesday, November 12th 2019, 15:10:15 PM.
One of the hottest trends in home design today is stone kitchen countertops. These durable, heat-resistant, luxurious counters are a beautiful and practical addition to any home. But with all of the different types of natural and engineered stones out there, selecting the right one for your home can seem daunting. It may take a little time to research, but each of these counter materials do have benefits and drawbacks, so it's important to evaluate which one is right for your needs.
Soapstone Countertops. You're likely familiar with soapstone from your high school chemistry lab; those black tables were made from soapstone. Today soapstone is becoming popular in kitchen countertops because of its extreme stain resistance. It is also heat resistant and will not etch. One drawback to soapstone counters is that they are only available in a limited number of dark colors. Soapstone is generally a grayish color in nature, although it is usually oiled to a black finish for commercial and residential use. Soapstone counters are also vulnerable to scratching. However, soapstone counters can actually be sanded to remove nicks and mars, so this susceptibility to scratching isn't always seen as a huge shortcoming.
There are different varieties of natural stone countertops available in the market. Expect to find Granite kitchen countertops, Quartz countertops, Marble countertops and Slate countertops. Already, you must be feeling that there are many variations to natural stone countertops and can be best used for any kitchen. Are they though naturally resistant to any damage? The answer is "No". Most countertops of the materials listed above do have inherent qualities in them to protect themselves from damage. You can though never predict the gale wind that could bring your countertop down to dust! That said, treating natural countertops can make it resistant to any damage.
Rugged beauty. Quartzites are the metamorphosed sandstones formed in the deep earth due to high temperature and pressure. They are harder than quartz, granites and even steel. But do not be mislead by these words as they can get scratches due to heavy blows or sharp objects. A quartzite countertop in your kitchen means you have something that can bear all odds the day and lasts for lifetime. Flow patterns. You can read a natural stone's story through its mineral patterns. Quartzite shows flow textures and great strength, which explains the tough conditions that led to its formation.
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.
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.