There are lots of options of materials for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Some of the more popular choices are granite, marble, concrete and quartz. Each type of material has its unique qualities that should be considered when we discuss the design process with you.
Granite is a popular natural stone for kitchen and bathroom counters. It is known for its durability, strength, and tolerance to heat. It is a porous material, but when treated with the proper sealant, it is very easy to maintain. Granite counters add an air of elegance and luxury to the decor. The cost of the material is higher compared to others but can add value to your home.
Marble is also a natural stone. Each slab has a unique vein pattern so no two are alike. It Is more susceptible to scratches and staining. However, if properly treated with a sealer, you can prevent staining. A marble countertop creates an attractive centerpiece for your space.
A quartz countertop is not made from a solid slab of natural quartz. The material is manufactured from about 95 percent quartz chips and dust that is bound together by resin. It is not porous and is resistant to staining, so no sealant is needed. It is a little harder than granite. However, it can be damaged by too much heat. So, in a kitchen, never place your hot pan directly on top of your quartz counter. It has a vein pattern that can resemble the look of marble, but unlike marble, it is resistant to scratching.
Soapstone is a natural stone that comes in a deep rich, gray color. It is hard and stain-resistant. Although the surface can sustain scratches from normal wear, the scratches can be sanded out. Over time, the finish can develop an attractive antique patina, which makes soapstone a good choice for a space that has a classic look.