Natural stone countertops - A quick introduction & overview
A lot of customers are looking at some of the types of natural materials being used for kitchen and bath countertops. This is a quick introduction
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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A Quick Introduction to Natural
and Cultured Stone Countertops
In this short presentation, we will discuss the pros and
cons of some of the natural as well as engineered
varieties used in today’s kitchen and bathroom
The Newest Kitchen Craze:
OTHER Natural Stone
In recent years, concrete, soapstone, marble
and quartz have been gaining a lot of
attention as counter surfaces of choice.
Granite is still at the top end of the list, but
don’t count out some of these up & coming
materials. All photos: © Can Stock Photo unless otherwise
We’re Talking about ROCK!
ROCK = Strength. Durability.
Easy to Clean and Maintain.
After all, granite and many
other natural stone materials
have hung out in the
elements for millions of
Obviously, they are going to
last a LONG time in your
One thing about granite…
…is that it can stain. Same thing with
Your granite counter will need to be
sealed upon installation, and then
resealed every 6 or so months.
But, you do have countless colors and
patterns you can choose from.
Pictured here is a green granite
No two slabs are alike. Don’t think that
if you decide on “green granite” as you
see here, that your actual counter will
look just like it.
Marble & Cultured Marble
Natural marble is prone to staining, chipping and
cracking – BUT, people adore it as a baker’s prep area.
So, unless you are buying cultured marble (a man-
made, engineered stone), you might want to make a
designated place in your kitchen – either a stand-alone
table or small area of the counter to showcase it!
Look at Concrete Countertops
Definitely an up & coming option!
We found this example on Flickr (see photo
attribution below), and loved it!
One thing many people are wondering is if
this can REALLY be a DIY project. Our
research says, “Not so fast…” There is a lot
more to it than setting forms and pouring
concrete into it.
There is a LOT to creating a quality concrete
countertop. Don’t leave this one to an
Hire a firm that specializes in this. You won’t
Photo Attribution: Cortney Gibbons
Not just for laboratory tables anymore!
Here is another example from
Flickr (attribution below)
People often equate
soapstone with lab tables, but
more and more it’s being used
Caring for soapstone is as
easy as rubbing mineral oil on
it. It won’t react with any
cleaners, and is absolutely
Photo by Helvetica Fanatic
Then there is Quartz…
If you are considering quartz as a
counter surface, you probably are
thinking of the engineered stone variety
It contains quartz “dust,” and
Engineered stone is seamless, and it is
very durable. This type of counter
surface is gaining in popularity.
Natural Stone Countertops
If you are convinced that a stone counter is right for
you, get together with someone who understands the
materials BEFORE you make a final decision.
Working with a professional is key to your remodeling (or
new construction) success. For example, remember that
creating a concrete surface takes a certain skill level you
won’t get from someone who has only installed laminates.
Go for experience!