Favorite Kitchen Countertop Materials
By Guila Lopez
So, you just moved to a new home, a new place to stay; wondering to yourself, what is the best slab for your kitchen counter-top? Should you go with the classical Granite, Marble, Quartzite, or maybe go with the new, innovative Quartz slab? We at Mega Marble believe in excellent customer service and professionalism. Hence, we wrote this article for you. After reading this article, you’ll be able to know the difference between the types of slabs available for your choosing. You will be able to come to a whole-heartily decision, without any second doubts haunting you afterward.
Before choosing a slab for your kitchen, there are a few ground rules you must know. First, you must understand the different types of stones that are available for your choosing. There are three types. One, Natural stone counter-tops, more known as Granite, Marble, or Quartzite. These stones are just like their name, natural. It’s a stone that hasn’t been engineered by a human hand. This natural stone mined from quarries around the world presented to us at a manageable size after being polished and well prepped has a few unique benefits.
Firstly, Granite stones, as we mentioned beforehand, are natural slabs mined. Because of that, each slab piece has its own distinctive pattern and traits. You will never find two Granite pieces that are truly the same. Secondly, Granite stones are very durable, rating as a seven at Moh’s ladder, you won’t have to worry about scratching your surface. Your counter-top may even dull your knife because of its hardness. Thirdly, when your Granite slab is sealed correctly by a professional team, then it won’t soak up liquids. In other words, becoming stain resistant. The natural stone – Granite also has a couple of disadvantages you need to take into consideration. One, Granite as we mentioned beforehand comes in its own unique pattern, you might not necessarily like the exact tone and texture that the stone has to offer. Second, if the slab isn’t sealed properly, it may absorb liquids – resulting in stains. At Mega Marble, you won’t have to worry about these disadvantages. We have numberless Granite patterns. Furthermore, the countertop installations, done by a professional team will seal your countertop correctly. Taking your worries about stains away.
Marble is another natural stone that has many variations and patterns. It is a timeless beauty. The most popular of the marble is Calacatta Gold and White Carrara, not only are they unique they complement any home design. There are some disadvantages of marble countertops and one is it is a very sensitive stone so it stains and scratches easily unlike granite stone. There are so many different colors in marble that it can make your head spin but we are here to help and narrow down which marble is best for your project.
Quartzite is also a natural stone it is not as durable as granite but more durable the marble. So, most of the clients that do want a marble look go for the quartzite stones. They come in many different patterns and colorations and of course, it’s a natural stone so each stone is unique and not uniformed. The most popular of the quartzites is Super white, Calacatta Quartzite, and the White Macaubus which imitated the marble look of Carrara and Calacatta Marble.
The second type of slab which you can use as a counter-top is Quartz. Quartz, an engineered stone, a mineral that is abundant in the world and made of 93% Quartz and 7% resin makes this stone exclusive to unpreceded perks. One of the Quartz stone slabs many perks include easy maintenance. Quartz stone is a porous stone meaning it doesn’t harbor dirt or bacteria on its surface. One downside of the Quartz stone is that after a certain degree of heat it may burn the surface. The reason for this is 7% resin. For example, placing a hot pan on top of the surface may damage it. The heat will burn the 7% resin resulting in a burnt surface. The easy solution for this downside is placing a hot pad underneath it. This simple act can prevent damaging your countertop.
A few examples of Quartz slabs you can choose from are- White Quartz, Caesarstone Quartz, Silestone Quartz, and Cambria Quartz.
Porcelain countertops are worth mentioning as well. Porcelain stones, a very popular material for countertops in Europe, less common in America but have become in recent years more in demand. These slabs offer a new variety of colors for designing your kitchen. Moreover, these slabs are stain-resistant. One thing to take into account, because it is less popular in America, repairing may prove problematic.
Finding what fits best your preference depends on a few factors. While there is a large variety of slabs to choose from, you need to find the one that is your ideal. A stone that will make your counter-top the gem of the house and in order to do that you need to take all into consideration. Firstly, do you want a unique pattern from mother-nature? If yes, then think maybe going with a natural slab. For example, Granite or Marble. Are you somebody that doesn’t want to waste your time and energy on countertop maintenance? If yes, then you’re better off choosing a Quartz countertop. At this stage, you need to take into account your personality, design “taste” and your budget. These are the few essential questions you should ask yourself.
After reading this article, hopefully, you have a better and deeper understanding of the types of slabs you can use for your counter-top. We at Mega Marble will gladly support and help you with further questions regarding the perfect countertop for you. You can call us today at 1-800-634-2315 or alternatively send us an email to email@example.com.