Choosing a kitchen countertop can be a challenging process. Not only will it impact the look of your kitchen, but picking the right natural stone will determine how to care for your space for years to come.
When planning on your own or working with designers and architects, the thing we hear most often is that nothing feels more authentic and permanent than stone. Stone is a statement building material that provides color and grain to space. Stone not only adds vibrancy and a rich beauty to a property but also adds value.
There are several popular stone choices, including go-to materials like marble and granite, but then there are more unique varieties such as soapstone and travertine. Regardless of the stone you choose, a few rules apply to its upkeep: Wipe up spills immediately, keep grit off your stone and with proper care, stone surfaces will last many generations.
Unsure which natural stone is right for your kitchen countertop? These are among the most popular:
For centuries, the well-to-do have chosen the luxurious and elegant marble surface. Used in palaces across the world, marble is renowned for its rich appearance and the impressive style it can bring to any room. If you decide on marble countertops, you’re making a wise decision for the future of your kitchen. You’ll raise the resale value of your home and enjoy the beauty of the these counters everyday.
It’s important to prepare marble surfaces to suit the lifestyle of your kitchen. A good stone professional can help make marble as easy to maintain as any manufactured surface.
Soapstone is another great natural stone, usually dark gray or almost black in color with a smooth feel. Soapstone is often seen in historic homes but is also used in modern homes as both a countertop and surface material. Over time, soapstone takes on an antique-like patina that can be very attractive in certain kitchen styles. Architectural soapstone used for countertops is actually quite hard and resistant to staining.
Granite is one of the most popular stone kitchen counter options. Not only is it visually appealing, it’s hard texture makes it hard to scratch. Granite comes in a wide variety of patterns and colors, is cost-effective, durable, and widely available. Granite is a porous stone, meaning to get the most out of a granite countertop option you will want to have your counter properly sealed to avoid stains and damage.
Love the look of marble but want something with a little more stain resistance to it? Much like man-made quartz, this natural stone countertop is strong with the natural ability to resist chips, handle heat, scratches, and other damage.
Your kitchen should feel uniquely you and your countertops are no different. Choose a countertop that is most efficient for your space, reflects your style and suits your lifestyle but don’t be afraid! Stone care professionals can help maintain and keep your surfaces looking their best no matter what stone choice you make.