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Choose the Right Stone for your Kitchen Countertops

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

Here is a Guide on How to Choose the Appropriate Stone for your Kitchen Countertops

Remodeling any part of your home in New England requires many decisions. There are many choices to make concerning style, colors, finishes, hardware, etc. Probably no other part of your home requires more of these decisions then does your kitchen. One of the most basic decisions to make is the choice of which material or stone to choose for your countertop. Over the years there have been many different materials to choose from based on the existing technology and fashion. Today there are many different materials to choose from, with the most popular being granite, marble and man-made or laminates.

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Granite and Quartz Samples

Here’s a very brief overview of the elements to consider with each of the countertop stones.

Why Choose Granite Countertops for Your Kitchen Remodel

Many people prefer granite because the stone isn’t as porous as marble, making it less prone to staining. Granite can be a little bit pricey but with proper care and cleaning, it will outlast almost anything else you could choose. It’s heat-resistant, scratch-resistant and long-lasting. Granite is also extremely resistant to bacteria.  This is an important consideration when selecting a new countertop.

The only maintenance needed to keep your granite countertop looking like new would be occasional resealing of the surface.  You can keep the glossy shine of granite countertops by cleaning them regularly and thoroughly.

Marble is a Great Choice for Countertops

Many homeowners opt for marble because it is one of the softer natural stone surfaces. Because of this, marble countertops are more susceptible to scratching and staining. There are almost an unlimited number of colors to choose from and each slab of marble is unique. It is considered by many kitchen remodeling experts to have the most luxurious look and is the choice of many interior designers and decorators.

Maintenance and upkeep of marble countertops is pretty straightforward similar to granite requiring only occasional sealing and cleaning with soap and water with a soft cloth or sponge.  Several cleaning companies will also use microfiber rags to clean this stone.

Non-Stone Materials for Countertops

The third category to consider when replacing your kitchen countertops would be engineered or man-made materials such as quartz and solid surface laminates. There are many different types which are sold under many different brand names. Generally, these made-made stone substitutions are your most affordable materials, and all have a good combination of colors, styles, durability, and availability.

Not only can new countertops improve the overall value of your home, but they can also add incredible functionality.  The key to remember when replacing or adding new kitchen countertops is that they are but one facet of your overall kitchen décor.  Because of this, you may want to consult with an experienced kitchen remodeling contractor to help you match your countertops with the cabinets, and backsplash.  No matter which way you go, granite, marble, or quartz, you will extend the life of your kitchen and create a space you and your entire family can enjoy for years to come.

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