Jeannine Castro. Countertop. May 21st , 2017.
Marble does have some distinct drawbacks as a countertop material. For starters, marble is a much softer stone than granite, so it has a greater tendency to scratch and mar than granite countertops. Additionally, polished marble is vulnerable to etching when acidic liquids are invariably spilled on it. These spots and marks can destroy the finish of your countertop; you can avoid this issue by choosing a honed finish in place of a polished finish, but most homeowners prefer the appearance of polished marble. Finally, marble is a porous, absorbent stone, meaning it tends to stain. While some homeowners like the patina their marble countertops develop over the years, many do consider it a drawback.
Stone countertops are a popular option in kitchens these days. They have a rich, luxurious look, and they are durable. You can have a stone countertop in the form of a single slab of material, or individual tiles. If you choose a stone countertop for your kitchen, be sure to choose the one that will work the best for your needs. Most stone countertops require very little maintenance, other than regular staining or oiling. Stone countertops come in a variety of colors and finishes, including high gloss, and matte.
Quartz countertops are constructed from an engineered stone made from 93% quartz, pigment, and resin. This stone counter material has many of the same qualities of granite, but without the upkeep issues. Quartz countertops are heat and scratch resistant and will not stain. And, unlike granite, quartz never needs to be sealed. As a man-made material, quartz counters have a uniform color and pattern. Some homeowners do prefer this consistent look to the unique aspects of natural stone. It also means that if a segment of your quartz countertop is damaged, an identical replacement section can be obtained from the manufacturer without concerns about matching.
Somewhere in between natural stone and synthetic countertops is engineered stone, or quartz countertops. DuPont’s Zodiaq countertops are a popular quartz countertop choice, and are available in stunning color and pattern variations. Quartz countertops are composed of ground quartz which is blended with coloring, synthetic and other materials to form a unique, natural look not found in solid surface countertops. Quartz countertops are pricey, though. With pricing starting at about $45 per linear foot, it too is actually higher in price than some granite.
The best kitchen countertop ideas are the ones that meet the requirements of the individual customer. When I first bought my home I fell for the kitchen because it had a large expanse of black granite countertop. It gleamed hygiene and lifelong strength. Black granite is one of the most expensive and sought after countertop surfaces.
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