By Th3DirtYl1e. Natural Stone Countertops. At Tuesday, November 12th 2019, 15:10:25 PM.
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.
First things, most natural stone countertops are heavy. The heaviness causes them to be scratch resistant apart from being resistant to stains. Middle Eastern mountains produce durable granites that are preferred for use as natural stone countertops. The granites produced from these mountains are found to be more resistant to heavy scratches and juice stains. Quartz Countertops are known to be resistant to permanent stains. Use quartz countertops if you know there would be a lot of juice, wine and sugar related stains. Quartz is the fourth hardest mineral in nature making it fit for use in natural stone countertops. It is a bit expensive though and will cause a dent in your wallet!
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.
When remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, you want to use the most durable and appealing materials available. Natural stone is one of the most desired countertop surfaces because of its longevity and unique beauty. Installing custom stone countertops is a good investment in your home. They will add value and aesthetic appeal to your kitchen and bathrooms. Kitchen countertops are an integral part of the room design. They are often one of the first things you notice when you walk in the room. When you choose a natural stone surface, like granite, you get an elegant and entirely unique surface that instantly upgrades the entire look of the room. Each slab has its own swirls and specks of color that make it unlike any other piece of stone. You will want to choose your slab in person so that you get the piece that will best compliment the cabinets, appliances, paint and other features of your room.
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.
Corian Countertops. Corian is another type of engineered stone similar to quartz. This type of solid surface stone countertop offers most of the advantages of granite and quartz as well as several unique benefits. Like granite and quartz countertops, Corian countertops are heat, stain, and scratch resistant. It is also nonporous, so it will never need to be sealed. Moreover, Corian has the added benefit of being certified kosher. Unlike granite, Corian countertops can also be totally integrated with Corian backsplashes and sinks to create a visually seamless surface. Nonetheless, Corian also does have disadvantages. It is heat resistant, but only to 212ºF. Higher temperatures will damage your counter, so you'll almost always need to protect your Corian countertop from hot objects. Also, as with quartz, some individuals prefer the natural look of granite to the uniform and consistent appearance of Corian. Corian countertops are also only available in limited colors and patterns, which some people dislike.