Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What kind of Stone Countertop is Right for Me?

Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be reviewing the different types of countertops available. 
If you don't see the specific type of countertop you are looking for, check back...we'll post the article soon!

Courtesy of RSW Countertop Guide

When it comes to choosing a natural stone countertop, one of the most important things you can do to narrow down and simplify your choices is to make sure that you select the right product and surface finish for your intended application and lifestyle.  If an improperly selected stone is installed, you might be unhappy in the future with the extra care, repair and/or maintenance.

Natural Stone
What are your dreams? Picture your perfect kitchen or bath. Is it warm and comfortable? Sleek and modern? Whatever you envision, countertops created from natural stone can bring your dreams to life. Natural stone is the top choice for homeowners looking for that special feature in their kitchen or bath.  With exquisite colors, styles and patterns, your home can be the envy of the neighborhood.

The popularity of natural stone has greatly increased over the years and continues to grow with the almost endless choices available on the market today.  Every slab of natural stone, whether its granite, soapstone or marble, will have different features and characteristics.  Patterns, textures, and color depth can all vary from slab to slab providing a one-of-a-kind look.  Your kitchen cabinetry, hardware, fixtures, flooring and appliances can be complemented with a natural stone countertop.  The richness and exquisite appearance of natural stone in your kitchen or bath cannot be matched with other materials.
Granite consists of quartz, silica, mica, obsidian, feldspar and other natural minerals.  Those who choose granite countertops over other options do so because of its distinct appearance.  Each slab of granite has unique chrystals, depth, and color variations.  Granite never changes colors, so it does not lose it brilliance over time. 

Granite is extremely strong and durable and can take a fair amount of abuse without incurring any damage while retaining its exquisite beauty.  Granite countertops contain minerals that are naturally resistant to bacteria, making them a perfect sanitary surfacing choice.  When properly sealed, granite surfaces become even more germ-resistant and stains can be easily cleaned.  Simple cleaning requires only warm water and mild soap.

Whether you're planning to build new, remodel or sell your home, you can increase the value with granite.  In today's real estate market, granite surfaces rank as one of the top sought after features by homebuyers.

Granite Summary:

  • Many choices and styles
  • Exquisite beauty and characteristics
  • Permanent and substantial appearance
  • Extremely hard and durable
  • Use for a wide variety of applications and decor
  • Holds up to heat and scratches
  • Easy to maintain and clean
  • Naturally sanitary
  • Various price categories, including less expensive product lines
  • Appearance and color will never change or deteriorate
  • Increases home value
  • Very desirable to homebuyers
  • Can use for outdoor applications
  • Won't fade in direct sunlight

  • Can be expensive
  • Heavy - may need to reinforce cabinetry
  • Periodic sealing
  • Extensive damage might not be repairable
  • Susceptible to stains
General Care:    Warm water and mild soap

Beware of:    Potential chipping around corners and edges

Sealing Needed:                   Yes (not often)
Polishing Needed:                Possible
Stain Resistance:                 Very Good with Sealing
Heat Resistance:                  Excellent
Scratch Resistance:             Very Good
Bacteria Resistance:            Very Good
Mold/Mildew Resistance:   Very Good
Durability:                           Excellent
Impact Resistace:                Very Good
Chemical Resistance:          Very Good
Porosity:                               Minor Porosity
Fabrication Versatility:      Very Good
Functionality:                      Excellent
Visible Seams:                     Yes, consult with installer
Repairability:                      Good
Green Sustainability:          No
Composition:                       100% Natural

Cabinet-S-Top is located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH  44256 ~ 330-239-3630

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