Counter Top Surfaces – Three Materials to Consider?

3 Stone Counter Tops to Consider

When it comes to remodeling kitchens, different people have different preferences. Some prefer elegance, others prefer durability, and still others prefer a blend of the two. In this article, we will look at 3 types of stone commonly used for counter top and work top surfaces. Having this information will help you decide which material is right for your remodel.

Remodeling With Marble?

The first of the three stones that we will consider is marble. This material is elegant and luxuriant. It is found in many exotic and famous structures around the world. Marble has a very distinct appearance. One that makes it a popular choice for high end kitchen renovations. Marble can be used for counter tops but it is also used for flooring and wall tiles as well. Even though marble is an elegant stone to use for home remodels, it does have some characteristics to keep in mind.

Marble consists of material that is susceptible to staining and discoloration. Even though this is the case, there are ways that it can be protected if given attention from the beginning. Using the proper stone care products on marble surfaces, can make the marble more durable and help protect it from discoloration. If you are looking for a stone that will not stain, you may want to consider soap stone.

Stain Resistant and Durable Soapstone

If your remodeling project simply demands a stain resistant stone counter, you may want to look into soapstone. This material is gaining popularity with many because of its durability. A soapstone counter is resistant to heat, staining, and even acidic liquids will not chemically react with it. This trio of characteristics means that home owners can rest easy if the kitchen has been renovated using a soap stone counter top. Like any other material soapstone does have drawbacks.

No material is loaded with advantages and complete void of any drawbacks. The biggest challenge that soapstone has is perhaps its lack of variety. There are variants of the gray color that characterizes this talc-containing material. And, if you are fascinated by the science of stone materials, you can learn about soapstone’s properties in this article. But it is pretty much all gray. Though there are undertones that vary from green to blue. If you are not concerned about elegance and you are looking for something in a somewhat neutral gray color, soapstone is worth checking out. However, what if you are the kind of person that just wants both elegance and durability? The third remodel option in our post may be the answer.

Granite – Elegant Yet Durable

If you like a variety of color and a range of pattern and texture, then you will like granite. If you prefer a durable, hard material that lasts, again you will like granite. But if you are searching for elegance and rugged, then you will fall in love with this durable, beautiful natural stone. While granite can be stained, it does not suffer from the same vulnerabilities that marble does. And, if it is sealed properly, it can resist stains with the best of them.

Additionally, granite offers more variety than soapstone. Granite is available in an array of colors and tones. Also, slabs have diverse range of patterns. This is because a granite stone is comprised of specific minerals, but the quantities of those minerals varies.

So, if you’re are looking for primarily elegance, marble is a good place to start. If you want rugged and durable, soapstone is worth a look, and if you want variety and toughness, then maybe granite is for you.


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