The act of choosing a countertop is a unique one, and we understand that every one of our customers is an individual at Sanford Granite. Because of that, we make sure that everyone gets their own one-of-a-kind experience.
You’ve got to be realistic when it comes to what countertop material you choose for your remodel because there are certain materials that call for a high level of upkeep. If that’s not something you’re interested in doing for the next twenty or thirty (or fifty, or a hundred, depending on the type of countertop you choose) years, then you might want to pick something a bit more resilient.
We put together this article to help you make sense of all the options out there. Included are the four best options for kitchen countertops that we offer at Sanford Granite—and all the information that you need to get started on your decision-making process.
Out of all the natural stone countertops, granite is the one that people are most familiar with. It’s been a popular choice for homeowners over the past decade because of its beauty, versatility, and durability.
Granite is an affordable option if you’re looking to install natural stone countertops without breaking the bank. It’s also a heat-resistant, stain-resistant, and extremely stylish choice in general. It’s much more than a passing trend.
You can change the look and feel of granite by changing the finish—there are plenty to choose from when it comes to this stone. From flamed to leathered, you can go for a more polished look or something that brings out the texture of the stone.
Granite has a way of tying a room together and making everything feel cohesive. There are plenty of variations of patterns and colors to choose from, so you can either go with something bold and bright or subtle and muted.
Quartzite has been described as a countertop that can mimic the look of marble but has the maintenance level of granite. This is a tough material, which means that it’s family-friendly and holds its own when it comes to the wear and tear of everyday life.
The most common looks for quartzite are shades of gray, tan, and white, but there are also unique options like pinks, reds, and blues. This is a countertop that combines beauty and functionality—even if imperfections occur on the stone, they add something to its personality.
People tend to confuse quartz with quartzite, but while quartzite is a natural stone, quartz is man-made. It is an engineered stone that’s composed of about 95 percent quartz and 5 percent polymers and resins that give it the durability it’s known for.
These additives also seal up quartz’s natural pores, making it a nonporous material that doesn’t require resealing. If you’re looking for something practical and low maintenance but still beautiful, then quartz is the way to go.
It has the ability to mimic the look of a natural stone countertop, but many people stick to the simple variations and choose a slab in solid white, black, or gray.
Soapstone is dense and nonporous, just like quartz. This means that it withstands damage from liquid, stains, and acidic materials. It’s heat resistant as well, so you can place hot pans right on its surface without having to worry.
While this material is a softer stone and susceptible to scratching, the scratches can be easily buffed out with sandpaper.
It comes in a variety of different colors and patterns. Whether you’re looking for something to stand out in your kitchen or blend in, there’s surely a soapstone option for you.
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