The countertop is probably the space you use most in the kitchen. From a quick breakfast to prepare a dinner for all, your countertop must not only look great but be functional.
If you’re looking to update your kitchen with a long-lasting material, natural stone is a great choice.
Over the centuries granite has excelled as a top material for quite a variety of installations such as indoor and outdoor kitchen countertops, bathroom countertops, floor tile, patios, fireplaces, tub, shower surrounds. With such an impressive resume, it's no wonder that granite countertops remain among homeowner's most desired features.
From a design perspective granite is a dream. Many popular colors like Santa Cecilia granite, Black Galaxy, or Alaska White granite work with a wide range of design themes, however, the broad spectrum of over 2500 colors, and interesting array of patterns offer endless possibilities, far more than available with any other countertop material.
Marble is an all natural stone product, mined from the earth. Typically offered in white with streaks of color, every slab is unique. Most marble comes with a highly polished finish, although some marble comes with a honed surface.
Marble must be sealed with a quality natural stone sealer that is non-toxic for food service applications. If you re-seal you counter on a regular basis, the surface should stay relatively protected. The most important thing to know is that you can not use chemical cleaners to clean the stone. Chemical cleaners such as Windex, 409 and Simple Green will strip the sealer away, leaving your surface unprotected. Marble is softer than granite and will tend to scratch much easier.
An attractive alternative to natural stone, are catching up with granite in popularity. Quartz countertops combine the elegant look of stone with increased durability. Quartz countertops are scratch, stain, and heat-resistant and require very little maintenance. Quartz comes in a wide range of colors, from subtle and natural to bright and bold.
Materials like quartz are being designed to resemble slabs of natural stone, like granite & marble. This involves creating veins in interesting patterns swirled into the countertop slabs. This added boost to your creative personality in your kitchen will wow.