Choosing the best countertop for your kitchen can be a difficult decision. Laminate, concrete blocks, stone, concrete, the options seem endless. Stone is an annual favorite for countertops. Think about it. Most kitchens visited in the past ten years may look like granite countertops. Stone is a durable material with many options (and prices). But before choosing a stone countertop, do your homework to choose the product that best suits your home’s specific needs. Here are 5 things you should know before choosing a stone countertop.
Know different types of rocks
Six types of stone commonly used for kitchen countertops: marble, granite, quartz, slate, limestone, and soapstone. Each option has its pros and cons, and you can choose both depending on how your countertop needs to work in your particular space. Marble, granite, slate, limestone and soapstone are natural stones and quartz is artificial. Because natural stone mined, there is less control over the color and structure of the grains and the costs are higher. Engineered quartz is available in a variety of colors and patterns (which can be based on marble and granite shapes) at an affordable price. Marble and granite are among the more expensive options.
Make sure the surface is heat resistant
Natural rocks are generally heat resistant, so marble, granite, limestone, slate, and soapstone can withstand high temperatures. Do not place hot pots and pans directly on the surface, as the quartz will explode from the heat. Natural stone can withstand high temperatures, but it is necessary to protect the surface and carefully place the heating plate on the trivet or bandage.
Make the face porous
Quartz is a non-porous material that does not require waterproofing. It is stain resistant and does not absorb harmful bacteria, fungi, mold, or bacteria. Soapstone and slate are also non-porous and do not require sealing. Granite, limestone and marble easily porous stones, which is why waterproofing must maintained in these areas. Keep acidic liquids, liquids or hand sanitizers away from granite, marble and limestone. The acid can destroy the joints in these areas, causing stains. Non-porous areas can be cleaned with soap and water or a mild detergent.
Make sure the surface is scratched and notched
Marble is a great place to cook and make pasta, but always use a wooden cutting board, as softer stones can be easily scratched or scratched. (The same goes for soap and limestone.) Granite and quartz are hard metals that resist corrosion and abrasion. Slate is a hard stone, but the edges are brittle. Replace the edges of your slate countertops to prevent splinters and sharp edges to prevent injury.
Realize that DIY is not a smart choice
It is very difficult to cut and maintain the tiles on your own, so hire a professional to help you install your shelving unit.