There’s no doubt that stone is the most popular choice when it comes to countertops—and with very good reason. It lasts forever (as long as you take care of it), it’s durable, and it’s easy on the eyes. No matter what type of household you live in—a relaxed one or one that’s full of activity—stone will find a way to serve you and elevate your living space.
While stone countertops do cost a bit more upfront than other, lower-quality materials, it’s a worthy investment because you get back what you put into it time and time again. It’s also very unlikely that you’ll ever need to replace your stone countertop!
At Sanford Granite, we think stone countertops are pretty great, and we’ve got a wide variety of stone materials to choose from. Regarding natural stone, we stock granite, quartzite, marble, onyx, travertine, and limestone. We also stock quartz, which is a man-made stone material. Each of these choices stands out in a unique way, and they have what it takes to make your home great.
Soapstone is a stone that involves very simple care. All it takes to clean this stone is soap and water! It’s resistant to liquids, staining, chemicals, acid, and heat, which makes it an enticing choice for people who spend a lot of time in their kitchens or bathrooms and don’t want to worry about harming their countertop.
The color of soapstone will vary depending on where it’s sourced and the quarry’s location. It can be anything from light green to steel gray to most anything in between.
Chances are, you’ve heard more about granite than any other natural stone. It’s probably the most popular option that we’ve got. It’s a type of igneous rock that’s made up of orthoclase, albite, feldspar, and quartz, and it can be found in shallow quarries near the earth’s surface.
If you like variety, granite is your choice. There are hundreds of color variations to choose from, from white to red and almost anything in between, and every slab is one of a kind.
Granite is also resistant to heat, staining, and chemicals. Much like soapstone, all you need to clean it with is soap and water.
When you think of high class, you probably think of marble first. This stone never goes out of style, and it has the power to brighten any space and bring a unique luxury to any room.
There are also a variety of different finishes that you can choose from with marble, from a mirror-like finish to something more practical, like a honed finish. And while marble isn’t quite as durable as granite, it’s not a weak stone. As long as you know how to exercise caution with marble, it should last for generations.
Onyx looks a lot like marble, which makes it stand out from the rest because of how beautiful it is. It does require a bit more care, just as marble does, but if you treat your onyx countertop right, it will act as the beautiful centerpiece of your kitchen or bathroom for many years.
Travertine can do something that a lot of other countertops can’t—it absorbs water. It’s an extremely durable material, and it performs well in kitchens and bathrooms because of that. Along with being durable, it’s also known for how it can brighten up a room with its coloring.
Limestone, while known for being a soft stone, can add an air of glamor to your kitchen or bathroom. It comes in a variety of neutral tones that can liven up a room, and these countertops will be a mainstay in your home for a long time as long as you seal them correctly and make sure to exercise the correct maintenance.
Quartzite is a very dense stone that’s created from sandstone. It’s hard, durable, and known as the most resilient out of any natural stone. It’s resistant to chemicals, heat, staining, and liquids, which makes it a perfect choice for people who make frequent use of their kitchen for cooking and entertaining.
Quartz is an engineered stone, not a natural stone. It’s a man-made product, which some people really like—because the added resins and polymers make it so that you never have to reseal it, as it’s nonporous and resistant to most everything. There’s also a consistency to its patterns that creates a more streamlined look to the countertop as a whole.
At Sanford Granite, we love stone countertops and would be happy to help you pick one that fits your space perfectly. If you’re interested in incorporating stone into your remodel, give us a call at (321) 578-9329 for a consultation.