If you want a perfect finish for kitchen countertops, bathroom, or art finishes, there are a variety of material selections to fit your space. However, the wide range of inventory may make it difficult to choose what stone to use on your project. To make it easy for you, here are ten of the most popular materials for your countertops. Both natural and engineered/manufactured surfaces make excellent choices for countertops. Here are the most popular material selections:
Marble is a metamorphic rock containing recrystallized limestone or carbonate minerals, such as calcite and dolomite. Although it is softer than quartzite or granite, it gives an elegant finish to your floor, wall tiles, bathroom, showers, and tub decks, or countertops. The evolving patina of marble allows it to retain its appeal over time.
If you are looking for a hard and stronger finish for your floors,
countertops, or backsplash, but still want to retain colour variations, go for quartzite. Quartzite is an intrusive rock that is strong enough to withstand heat, making it a perfect choice for kitchen surfaces. It can also be used in your outdoor finishes.
Another popular natural stone is granite. Its hardness and stunning collection of colours make it ideal for kitchen countertops, floors, vanities, and outdoor applications.
Engineered quartz slabs continue to grow in popularity for application in homes and businesses. Quartz is an engineered stone that is nonporous, tough, and durable, making it an ideal option for countertops and floors. Besides its durability, quartz requires minimal maintenance.
Porcelain is another popular engineered surface. Porcelain is fully customizable and versatile, making it ideal for almost every project.
Soapstone is another natural stone, usually dark grey in colour with a smooth, silky feel. It has seen a recent resurgence as an alternative to granite. Soapstone is often seen in historic homes but is also used in modern homes as both a countertop and sink material. Over time, soapstone takes on an antique-like patina that can be very attractive in certain kitchen styles.
Flamed granite countertops have a distinct texture that gives them a timeworn look. This aged character is created by extreme heat that causes the material’s grain to burst and change colour. The speckles in this flamed granite countertop add texture to the neutral kitchen.
Recent innovations in porcelain tiles offer many more design options than ever before, including tiles that look like wood, marble, or even leather or cork. Ceramic and porcelain tiles offer more design options than nearly any other countertop material.
In a wide range of generally pastel shades, onyx has a unique and exotic look, with varied patterns that will enhance any kitchen or bathroom. Although it can be brittle and react to acids, it can last for generations if sealed and treated properly. Onyx is a relatively expensive stone but will add value to any property with its translucent appearance. It’s easy to keep clean and, with care, will enhance any room.
If you don’t think concrete has any business as countertops, check out our gorgeous concrete table top, which just may change your mind. While concrete does require some sealing and maintenance, a little bit of attention will go a long way to ensuring this countertop choice stands the test of time.
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