Steps to Choose Natural Stone Countertops

If you are someone who’s looking to create a happening kitchen space, then it’s important to choose your countertop  properly because this where all the beauty lies. So, for this, you will need to create a highly functional countertop space, which is also aesthetically appealing. However, we all want our kitchens to be durable and long-lasting and not just beautiful. Therefore, the choice of the countertop should be something that can easily withstand everyday work pressure. 

Here are some questions that you can ask before picking the countertop for your kitchen.

How do you use your countertops?

This is probably one of the most important questions that you need to ask yourself before making the purchase. This will direct your decision towards which stone you are going to pick. If you are a passionate cook, you would want a countertop which can withstand all the wear and tear. Sintered stones and high-quality quartz are the options for this. If you are not into regular cooking but want a classic elegance in your kitchen, then marble is the option that you should seek out. This is a much softer material and would require quite a lot of maintenance. The marble slabs come with naturally occurring veins and colors, which the manufactured stones cannot replicate. On the other hand, granites or quartzites will require regular sealing to help maintain their look and feel.

How much heat resistance do you need?

All stone countertops are naturally resistant to heat. If you are planning to place the hot pans directly on these surfaces, it is best to go with sintered stones and soapstone materials. Natural quartzite is also a potential choice for you, but you need to be mindful of the micro fissures and thermal cracking issues occurring in it due to prolonged heat exposure. High-quality quartz is also a good option, but direct heat over a period of time can scorch the surface pretty badly.

How much maintenance are you willing to do?

Quartz, soapstone and sintered stones all require very low maintenance. One needs to use specific oils and wax pastes to improve their natural lustre, but it is purely optional. They do not need sealants to enhance their natural beauty and shine. On the contrary, marble needs to be sealed, and it will require a bit more attention than others since it is a softer stone. 

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