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 do not depreciate in value. If choosing granite as your stone, one thing to consider is you will need to periodically seal your kitchen surface to maintain it’s lustre 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 and 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, even luxurious.
Quartz has the same durability as concrete and granite, but is quite a bit more forgiving, so 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 juice, oil, wine, tomato, coffee and other sources of stains in the kitchen. 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.
When you ask a countertop contractor about the wisdom of installing marble countertops, the typical answer is, “it depends on where you’re going to use them.” Marble makes a good surface for lower traffic areas, however, they are not recommended for the kitchen.
There are two primary reasons that marble countertop installation is not recommended for the kitchen. These concerns are severe enough that some marble countertop manufacturers won’t warranty their counters if they are installed in the kitchen.
The first concern is the porous nature of marble. It’s more porous than granite, so it more readily absorbs liquids. That means that oil, coffee, wine, juice and other kitchen spills penetrate deeper into the stone very quickly, and are very hard to get out.
The second reason to be concerned about marble kitchen counters is that the material isn’t sturdy enough for the kitchen. Sharp knives can scratch the surface. Heavy pots or mugs may chip the marble or even break off a corner.