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Natural Stone Countertops

Natural stone is a favorite among countertop materials. Its beauty alone puts it on top demand, especially granite countertops. Natural stone countertops offer great durability, wonderful elegance and a long life. Stone, however, comes with a high price tag and does require some care.

With natural stone there are many different types, finishes, appearances, thickness, and textures to select from. One great thing about natural stone is that no two stones are alike making every single kitchen one of a kind. Expect to pay about $70-$100 per square foot for your natural stone. However, high end slabs can run upwards of $300 per square foot.

Options For Natural Stone Countertops

  • Granite: Most durable stone countertop, scratch and chip resistant, requires special sealants.
  • Marble: Smooth texture, less durable than granite, susceptible to scratches and stains, requires sealants.
  • Limestone: Stains easily, very porous, Jerusalem stone is very popular
  • Soapstone: Durable, requires little maintenance, can be treated with mineral oils to enhance colors, and offers a soft feel.
  • Slate: Very beautiful, durable, hard, fireproof, low absorption rate, should be sealed regularly.

When selecting the natural stone that is right for your kitchen, take into account functionality and appearance. Functionality should come first, but it is still important to know what the stone will look like 10 years from now. Some will stay looking brand new and others will age gracefully bringing a new beautiful look into your kitchen over time.

Cleaning stone is a fairly simple procedure if you follow the instructions given to you with your stone. The most important thing to remember is that you should always avoid products containing abrasives, lemon, vinegar or other acids. In addition, stay away from scouring pads.

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Granite Countertops

Granite Countertops
There is no doubt about it that granite is a countertop material of choice due to its outstanding durability, scratch- and heat-resistance and natural beauty. Granite is also available in an amazing array of colorful and unique patterns and no two granite tops are exactly the same. However, with its great looks comes a mighty high price tag. In fact, when installed in solid pieces it is the most expensive option in countertops.

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Quartz Countertops

Quartz Countertops
With all the perks of natural stone plus some, quartz is the most ideal stone countertop option. Quartz combines natural quartz with epoxy resin binders to create a virtually indestructible material that doesn’t require sealants. Since it technically isn’t 100% stone, it is often referred to as “engineered” quartz. However, this is definitely not a synthetic countertop. In fact, quartz provides the look of natural stone, with added durability and a non-porous nature making it practically stain-free, as well as consistent color and hygienic qualities.

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Top 10 Countertop Choices

Top 10 Countertop Choices
Below is a list of the top ten options on the market for kitchen counter tops. In order to choose the countertop that is right for you and your lifestyle, it is good to know a little bit about all of your options. The more information you know, the better off you will be in making the right choice. 1) Granite Counters - Granite has become the top choice for countertops because it is both durable and beautiful. However, the quality of granite does come with a high price, colors are limited, and it also requires regular maintenance.

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