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Natural Stone For Kitchen Countertops

There are many different materials you can choose from for kitchen countertops. One of the most popular choices is natural stone. This material comes in various colors and styles so that you can find the perfect option for your home. This blog post will discuss the different natural stone types commonly used in kitchen countertops. Stay tuned for more information!

Granite

Granite is the most common material for countertops, as it’s typically what comes first in any interior decorating project. In addition, granites are beautiful and sturdy, making them an excellent choice for countertops. In other words, there is no superior natural stone alternative for a countertop. Granite, formerly found only in high-end houses because of its expense, has grown increasingly prevalent as the “go-to” countertop stone. Granite slabs and the number of alternatives have increased in recent years, which has helped to control costs. However, because of its reputation as a premium choice, it endures. Granite is one of the most elegant stones and can quickly improve the look of a kitchen by standing out on islands or other worktops. Granite slabs are available in various colors and shapes (Opustone has well over a hundred options). As a result, it may complement almost any kitchen or bathroom design. Granite is a naturally occurring igneous rock formed deep in the Earth’s crust at tremendous pressure and temperatures beyond 2300° F when tiny particles of quartz and feldspar combine. This gives granite its speckled or mottled appearance, which helps conceal seams and its amazing hardness and superior heat resistance. However, before it can be a countertop material, it must first be extracted from the Earth in large blocks and then cut into slabs.

Quartzite

Quartzite, like granite, is a naturally occurring stone with both beauty and endurance. Although it is becoming more popular, it is less frequently used than granite, perhaps because it is slightly more expensive. Quartzite, sometimes known as ‘quartz-rich granite,’ is a metamorphic rock formed when quartz sandstone is subjected to the same high pressure and heat as granite. As a result, individual grains of quartz and cementing materials recrystallize into an interlocking mosaic with a smooth, glassy surface. Quartzite may be preferable to granite as a natural stone worktop alternative because it has a greater density and is more resistant to chipping, staining, and scratches. It can mimic marble which adds to this advantage since many people still consider marble the most exquisite countertop material. The original sandstone might contain colorants that move together into streaks that cause quartzite to resemble marble and impurities and bonding materials.

Dolomite

The third option is dolomite, a lesser-known stone gradually gaining popularity as a more durable and less expensive alternative to marble. On the other hand, onyx is a variety of limonite widely used in jewelry. Onyx may also be called “dolostone” to distinguish it from dolomite, another form of limestone. Dolomite is a sedimentary rock that forms when limestone comes into contact with magnesium-rich groundwater and undergoes a chemical change. It comes in white or gray tones and typically includes streaks that help it to resemble marble than quartzite more closely. This is significant because, while dolomite isn’t as hard as granite, it is considerably harder than marble, making it an even more scratch- and chip-resistant choice. Although dolomite resources are numerous, its lack of color variety may restrict its use as a marble alternative.

Marble

Marble is included here because of its high position as a premium design option. Most people are inclined to connect marble with luxury because it has been used in classical sculpture and as an expensive construction material for millennia. In addition, because impurities allow the marble to form in various hues and forms (more than 250 are available from Opustone), it is seen as a design component. On the other hand, marble stone countertops are not as durable as the alternatives. It is porous and very vulnerable to stains if it isn’t treated with sealant regularly. It is also less hard than dolomite, granite, or quartzite, making it more prone to scratches or chipping.

Engineered Quartz

Although natural stone countertops have dominated our discussion thus far, we can’t ignore engineered stone surfaces in any “best of” list. Unlike natural stone, these surfaces are created explicitly for use as countertops, making them superior in various ways. There are many different types of engineered stone to consider. Engineered quartz consists of loose quartz particles bound together with resin, making it one of the most well-known countertops. It is tougher and more flexible than quartzite, making it almost indestructible and resisting scratching, cracking, and chipping better than any natural stone listed above. Quartz countertops, while often white, come in several hues and are even manufactured to resemble marble. Despite being more long-lasting overall, quartz countertops cost about the same as quartzite. Quartz countertops have an edge over quartzite in terms of heat resistance. Like other hard surfaces, quartz countertops can be an issue for some individuals. Because quartz is a heat-sensitive resin, it might melt at higher temperatures. When using hot pots and pans, you must exercise care since the resin in quartz countertops may melt at higher temperatures.

Engineered Porcelain

Porcelain, the most recent of the engineered stone surfaces, is a material that has been used for millennia. Today’s porcelain comes in nearly every kind, color, and texture imaginable, making it one of the most versatile materials available. In addition, porcelain is extremely long-lasting and resistant to heat thanks to its high temperatures and low porosity. A new and exciting type of porcelain is sintered stone, which is recently available. Sintered stone is a form of porcelain that has been heated to the point of liquefaction and then molded into nearly indestructible tiles or slabs. Lapitec, the most common type of sintered stone, comes in a range of colors and textures and granite or marble look-alikes. It’s easily the most durable surface on this list, if not the whole market. It’s durable, scratch and stain-resistant because it doesn’t fade or yellow in sunlight. However, perhaps the finest thing about sintered stone worktops is that, unlike most porcelain surfaces, the color penetrates through the sintered stone. As a result, edges and cutouts won’t show a different color than the rest of the surface.

Conclusion

In conclusion, there are a variety of countertop materials to select from for your kitchen. Each material has its own set of benefits and drawbacks that you should consider before deciding. We hope this guide has provided you with the information you need to decide which countertop material is right for your kitchen.