Are you thinking about installing a new kitchen countertop? If your current countertop is old and dated, or if it isn’t holding up like it should, then it might be time to start thinking about what countertop material is right for you going forward. You know this is a big decision. Natural stone has been very popular in luxury homes for decades now. The good news is, it's more achievable than ever before, regardless of budget. The amount of options are dynamic and plentiful, too. At House Tipster, we're here to help you make the informed choice to benefit your kitchen for years to come. Slate, granite, and marble are the three most popular choices for countertop customers. so let's start there and compare them with help from the experts at Marble.com.
There are couple of vital things to consider when choosing your countertop. Consider the way that you use your kitchen and who spends time in it. For example, if you have children who tend to be messy, an expensive, stainable countertop may not be the right choice.
Giving consideration to the future of your kitchen is important. If you are remodeling large features such as, cabinets or floors, you'll want to choose a countertop that will work well with your renovation plans. Additionally, be mindful of your price range. Although there are many cost effective substitutes for granite and marble, it will still help narrow your options down for a quicker decision.
When you are going to make a fundamental change to your home, it's best to be educated about your options and study the pros and cons are before you spend your hard-earned money. At House Tipster, we want you to make the best choices for your specific situation. Let's look at the good and the bad that these types of countertops offer so you can make the right decision for your kitchen.
Slate countertops look gorgeous and are quite durable. Because they are non-porous, slate kitchen countertops are easy to clean and tend to be resistant to staining. This is also true for acidic items that are commonly risks for other types of counters, such as tomato sauce and wine.
Another nice feature of slate countertops is the number of colors you can find. Sure, you could choose the typical grey, black, or brown, but there are a number of other hues as well. For example, you can choose slate that has hints of red, blue, or green in it.
"Slate is also very durable and it doesn’t scratch or chip easily. This could be a very good option for a busy kitchen. Another feature that buyers tend to like when it comes to slate counters is the price. It is fairly affordable, especially at Marble.com, with their quarry-direct prices," said Thomas Wolosik, Operations Manager of Marble.com.
However, there are still some cons to choosing slate countertops to be aware of before you buy. Even though the tops are durable, the corners of the slate can be sharp, and they are more brittle. Often, the best course of action to fix this issue is to have the corners sanded so that they are round. In addition, even though there are a number of shades, they might not “pop” as much as you would like. For that, definitely go for marble or granite. Speaking of which...
Granite is one of the most popular options when it comes to kitchen countertops, for Marble.com customers and homeowners around the world. There are plenty of good reasons for this. Granite countertops are aesthetically beautiful and there are a wide range of colors and styles from which to choose, especially at Marble.com, which has the largest supply in the country. This will make it much easier to match your kitchen décor, whatever style it is.
Granite countertops also happen to be very durable, the most durable on this list between marble countertops and slate countertops. It is heat resistant, and as long as it has been sealed properly, you will not have to worry about stains. When installed, the workers should take care of sealing it properly. Additional cleaning and sealing products are available.
"Granite is porous, so if you don’t seal it properly, it means your countertop will stain, and these stains can be impossible to remove. Sealing is easy maintenance and doesn't require much time or elbow-grease. You may need to reseal the granite every couple of years – or every year in some cases – to ensure it doesn’t stain," said Mr. Wolosik.
"One of the reasons our customers love having marble kitchen countertops is because of its natural beautiful. Marble counters like Calacatta Borghini, Mountain White Danby, and Crema Marfil add elegance to any space. There are a number of different colors besides the classic white marble style, as well. You can choose from more colorful options like Rojo Alicante, Jerusalem Gold, and Sparking Blue. which provide stunning, unique style," said Mr. Wolosik.
Marble, although, typically not as constantly durable as many granite countertop options is still a strong, reliable counter option that will last for decades. However, the fact is that marble is porous, slightly more so than granite. The proper maintenance is needed to keep it looking pristine and beautiful. Wine, juice, and other items will stain the marble if you don’t have proper marble cleaners and sealers. "Our team at Marble.com will seal your new counter upon installation, however, it is up to you to maintain it going forward. Sealing every six months is recommended. If you are choosing a countertop based on aesthetics because your kitchen work is light, marble countertops are an excellent choice."
These are three of the most popular options for your new kitchen counters, and one of them might be just what you have been looking for. For more help comparing different countertop materials together, use Marble.com's comparison tool. With several locations in the Tri-State area, Marble.com is a one-shop-stop for all your new countertop needs.
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