Strength, durability and style are what make our kitchen countertops desirable. Available in granite, marble, quartz, quartzite, onyx and soapstone, there is surely a beautiful stone to fit your style.
With granite, you receive the beauty of natural stone. The various minerals within granite add depth and character, making every granite top different. The colour of your granite countertop will never fade and they do not depreciate in value. If choosing granite as your stone, you will surely enjoy the look. However, you must consider one factor: you will need to periodically seal your kitchen surface to maintain it’s luster and stain resistance.
- One-of-a-kind, natural surface that has an almost luminous look.
- Granite adds value to your home.
- Sanitary – bacterial contamination is not a problem with granite.
- Formed by heat and pressure, it can take the heat of a pan, kettle or pot.
- Easy to clean with warm water and a mild detergent.
Quartz is a manufactured product, can be very attractive, and is the most versatile. The manufacturing process allows a much wider range of colours than you’ll find in natural stones such as marble or granite. The appearance of the finished engineered stone is rich and luxurious.
Quartz has the same durability as concrete and granite, but is quite a bit more forgiving. Therefore, it won’t chip or crack as easily. It doesn’t have the same hardness in the feel that some people find unpleasant.
Like other hard surface countertop materials, quartz is non-porous so it resists staining much better than granite, marble and concrete. It stands up to hair oils and food stains well. For cleanliness, a non-porous surface means that it will not harbour bacteria or viruses. You can always be confident that you are getting your quartz countertop absolutely clean, and that’s a great benefit in the kitchen.
Did you know that “marble” means “shining stone”?
When choosing marble for your countertops, making sure the material is good-quality is very important. If the marble is of poor quality, then they can be more porous and absorb liquids. You want nonporous, dense, durable marble.
The patterns of marble are beautiful and unique. No two slabs are really the same! Also, marble comes in many different colours to perfectly match its surroundings. There are different finishings to choose from: polished, honed or leathered. No matter what your stylistic preferences, marble can be basically whatever you want it to! Furthermore, marble can be affordable despite its elegant appearance.
Marble is a little fragile, so proper care is vital for the longevity of your countertops. Using cutting boards and gentle cleaners will make a difference in your countertop. Indeed, proper installation is also important! Within the kitchen, marble is not always recommended but with diligence the stone can make a beautiful addition to your home.