WHAT COUNTERTOP STONE SHOULD I CHOOSE?
Kitchens and bathrooms always include countertops as a primary feature.
But how can we know which material is the best choice for a countertop? The short and most simple answer is a stone. Stone is not only durable and well-suited, but it is a beautiful design element that will increase the value of a home.
However, as you probably already know there are hundreds of different type of stones to choose from. So, which one is the best for your countertop needs?
Let’s explore our top 5 selection.
Granite has been the natural stone of choice for both kitchens and bathrooms for designers and builders over the last decades. When it comes to countertops, there is no better choice than granite due to its durability, beauty, and wide variety to suit your design vision. Granite is a very hard substance and is not susceptible to scratches. It is heat resistant so if used in a kitchen it won’t get damaged by hot pots, and if used in the bathrooms you can place curling irons without worrying the stone might get damaged. Granite can be very resistant to stains and won’t absorb liquids, you just have to remember to seal it properly and give it the right maintenance.
Photo by: Carl Mattison Design
Because of its beauty and status, marble is a highly popular stone for countertops. Marble is a great stone for a kitchen countertop for skilled cooks, providing a near-perfect work surface for activities like baking or making fresh pasta. However, you should take into consideration that it is quite susceptible to scratching and edging due to its porous surface. Just like granite, marble is heat resistant.
Photo by: Dyna contractor
While travertine might not be a stone you often associate with countertops, we find it to be a perfect stone for any type of outdoor construction, including countertops. So if you are looking to build an outdoor kitchen for BBQs travertine is your stone of choice. Travertine is very durable and can endure harsh weather conditions, it doesn’t crack or get scratched easily.
Photo by: Janelle Witty
If you are looking for an engineered stone A-Tech is your go-to! Engineered stones are much harder and
have more depth than natural stones as these surfaces are designed specifically for use as countertops so it can work perfectly for any type of surface you have in mind.
Quartzite can be a great option for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Quartzite is very similar as a granite in the matter of resistant to chipping, staining or scratching, plus it resembles the look of marble.
Photo: Marblex Design