Designing Your Kitchen and Bath with New Countertops
The focal point of your kitchen and bathroom is your countertops. If your kitchen or bathroom vanity has an ugly or outdated counter, then it takes away from the rest of the décor. This is an issue homeowners run into when they buy older model homes and houses with poor designs.
Fortunately, there are remodeling services you can invest in. At Cabinets City, you can have your cabinets, as well as your countertops replaced. But what type of stone should you purchase? There are various material options on the market, such as granite, engineered quartz and marble.
You can have your countertops customized with the colors and textures you really want. For instance, engineered quartz can be dyed to match your kitchen or bathroom. Granite also comes in a large array of colors and styles. So customizing your countertops is definitely possible.
It all comes down to choosing the best countertop material for your cooking space and restroom. But before we get into that, let’s first discuss bathroom countertop and sink options.
Buying Bathroom Countertops and Sinks
So you’re trying to upgrade the countertops in your home bathroom. Which should you go with? For once, you want a countertop that can withstand the uses of your bathroom. This means having a vanity space that’s durable and able to withstand water, soap, cosmetics and heat, if you use curling irons.
But at the same time, you want your bathroom counter to be aesthetically appealing.
Two options that are excellent for the bathroom include granite and marble. They are both natural stones, which many homebuyers find attractive. They offer a rick, sleek look that is perfect for the focal point of a bathroom.
The great news is these materials are easy on the wallet. Of course, granite isn’t as cheap as laminate, but it is better at resisting heat and regular wear. When it comes to buying a countertop for your bathroom, you want something that can withstand grease from hair products and heat. This is what makes granite an exceptional choice.
Then there’s the engineered quartz. This is a man-made product, but looks like natural stone. It contains quartz and resin, which makes it very durable and low-maintenance. It can also withstand high heat from curling irons. You can expect to spend about the same for quartz as you would marble and granite stone.
An Overview of Granite Countertops
The use of granite as a countertop has increased substantially over the years. It’s being used in all parts of the home, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. The warmth and beauty of granite stone makes it the ideal choice for adding appeal to your home’s décor.
The durability it offers and its ease of care are attractive to homeowners. Although granite can be on the pricey side, it’s an investment that can last for many years. It’s one home improvement that can actually increase your property value and make it easier to sell your property.
Granite is a natural stone that is found in different parts of the world. It is mined by workers and then sold by manufacturers. In the past, granite has been used for constructing temples and other buildings in ancient societies. You may have seen exterior pillars made of granite in places like Rome, Greece and other places.
It wasn’t until 1831 when stone suppliers began polishing granite. Twenty years later in 1851, it became the preferred option for consumers. Out of all the natural stones, granite tends to be the most durable.
In many cases, granite is compared to the hardness of diamonds. Homeowners that enjoy cooking tend to like granite counters because of its versatility and durability. You can place hot pots and pans on the surface of granite without worrying about burns. It can also be used for creating doughs and confectionery.
An Overview of Quartz Countertops
Quartz is a man-made stone that is made up of 10 percent resins, pigments and polymers, and 90 percent ground quartz. This is a natural hard mineral, which gives it its toughness. The end product is a stone-like slab that resembles granite.
The way the quartz is ground determines how the appearance will be. For instance, coarsely ground quartz has flecks, then quartz that’s finely ground has a smoother appearance.
What makes quartz a great option is its durability, glossy sheen and non-porous surface. This makes it easier to maintain, since it doesn’t easily stain or become damaged. It also comes in an array of colors and is easy to clean. All you need is a soft cloth, water and mild soap.
If you’re looking for low-maintenance, quartz is an excellent choice for both bathrooms and kitchens.
An Overview of Marble Countertops
Marble is a natural stone that is created through metamorphosis. It forms when sediment crystals endure pressure or heat, forming into a hard rock. The hardest stone isn’t marble, which is why it’s easier to damage. It is porous and because of this is more likely to become stained.
Granite would be the harder stone option and is harder to stain and damage. Soapstone isn’t as hard and is more susceptible to staining. Marble is created from calcium carbonate, which means it reacts negatively to acids. So it’s important to keep acidic liquids away from it to prevent etching from occurring.
Some maintenance is necessary to keep your marble counters looking great. Some slabs age gracefully, since stains and etches tend to blend in with the natural gray veins.
There are different finishes you can opt for to help protect your marble stone. This includes honed finishes and polished finishes. The honed finish is more of a soft matte look, while the polished finish is more shiny.
Updating the Countertops in Your Home
If you’re looking to have the countertops in your house updated with stone options, then the above are worth a try. You can come to the showroom at Cabinets City to view the granite, marble and quartz stones we have available.
Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for a no-obligation estimate!