» Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in Granite Countertops, Granite Countertops Blog, Granite Slabs | 0 comments

There exists a myriad of different types of gorgeous countertops—looks, feels, and colors that can make a renovator’s mouth water.  Let’s take a look at a few, out of the many, and point out what you should know when comparing one choice with another.

Stone:

Granite is included in the “Stone” category and rates at the top for resistance to heat and cutting.  One does need to be careful, however, with unintended impacts since granite can chip and crack.   Newer granite should be sealed about once every ten years.

Over 100 different color patterns are available; and not only does granite come produced as slabs, it is manufactured in tiled pieces, as well.   Granite is a natural rock and is harvested from all over the world; and each country’s indigenous granite has its own distinct, eye-catching appearance.     Pricewise, the cost of granite can range from $45 to $200 a square foot.

Marble, also in the “Stone” category, may not be the best choice for a kitchen environment.  Scratches and stress fractures are not unusual for marble countertops and acidic foods such as citrus fruits and vinegar can actually deteriorate the marble finish.   The heat tolerance of marble is mediocre so having it located near a heat source such as a stove or grill would not be wise.  For these reasons, marble would make a much better choice in an elegant bathroom setting.

Quartz:

Quartz countertops are actually engineered stone.  The ‘engineered’ element takes place when natural quartz is mechanically embedded in an extremely durable epoxy.  The beautiful end-result mimics stone, extraordinarily, and quartz countertops boast of being top-dog when it comes to durability, scratch and heat resistance, and easy maintenance. 

Quartz is an abundant and inexpensive gemstone and when ground quartz is combined with coloring pigmentation, you have one of the most gorgeous and durable countertop materials on the market.  Prices range from $50 to $100 a square foot.

Concrete:

One drawback to concrete countertops is the susceptibility to chipping and scratching, although, advances in technology have minimized this concern with special sealants that are applied.   Concrete countertops are available in an assortment of colors and textures which provide some very unique and dynamic looks.  Concrete countertops can boast of being the most unusual and personal countertop choice since they are made from ‘scratch’ in order to tailor-fit the desires and whims of those who choose to use this medium in their homes. 

Concrete countertops are gaining in popularity even though the price range is a bit high, ranging anywhere from $80 to $120 a square foot.

Stainless Steel:

This high-end choice sells anywhere from $100 to $150 a square foot even though it is susceptible to scratches and dents.  Is it worth it?  Well, it’s stain and heat resistant and a breeze to clean.  It can provide a sensuous, sleek look and some even claim it’s brains, beauty and brawn all rolled up into one dynamic trio. 

Stainless steel isn’t confined to just smooth and gray.  To the surprise of many, it can be purchased in an antique matte finish and a variety of upbeat patterns.  It’s, also, non-porous and non-staining.

Perhaps the topper to stainless steel’s advantages is the fact that it has a life-expectancy of almost 100  years.  Pretty impressive!

When choosing a countertop, beauty and functionality are equally important; and regardless of which type countertop you choose for your home, you can anticipate a metamorphosis, so to speak, where your room will transform from ordinary to stunning!

Karen writes a lot and she enjoys covering a number of different topics under the real estate umbrella.  Specifically, she enjoys writing on home improvement and sharing news on building new homes in Las Vegas.