Today there are a lot of choices for kitchen countertops. Unfortunately for many customers like yourself the only resource provided by some kitchen remodel designers are small sample chips. These small samples are just not adequate especially when it comes to selecting natural stone counters.
Granite countertops are a very popular choice in the kitchen. Every granite slab that comes out of the ground is unique. What many people don't realize is that although this stone is very hard and durable. Even granite is porous and requires sealing. If it's not sealed oil and other stains will seep into the countertop and discolor it. It is important to maintain the seal on any natural stone countertop
Engineered stone countertops are a man-made alternatives to natural stone counters. These countertops are created by grinding up natural stone which is then mixed with resin to create a durable and stain proof kitchen counter surface. These counters are typically priced at a premium over natural stone.
There are many choices when it comes to selecting a natural stone countertop. Difference types of stone include: granite, marble, limestone, soapstone in addition to other semi precious natural stone countertops. All of these various types of natural stone surfaces come with their unique characteristics that will serve as a focal point in your kitchen design.
Marble, a metamorphic rock, is created when limestone has been subjected to great pressure & heat deep within the earth. Marble countertops are calcium based and therefore more porous when compared to granite. Marble is also softer which means it is more easily attached or damaged when compared to granite countertops as well.
It's important to make sure that your marble countertops are sealed and that you stay on top of sealing them. Most experts will agree at marble should be sealed 3 to 4 times per year.
Heat Treated Marble Sealers:Heat treated marble sealants are another option. This process is conducted prior to fabrication where your marble slab is heated in an oven to a temperature that opens up the pores of the marble. Sealer is then applied to this heated marble slab to create a long lasting barrier to stains and a more durable counter top surface.