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Countertop Options; Pros and Cons

Thursday, August 11, 2022
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Replacing your countertops can transform any kitchen and give that room a “WOW” look.  Today, more than ever, there are so many material options offered in a wide range of prices.

We’ve compiled some pros and cons of the following countertop materials for you to sort out what type would be best for you.

Pros: They say quartz is king and there’s a reason for this.  It mimics the look of stone while requiring much less maintenance. It can withstand hot pots, sharp knives, scouring pads, and most stains.  Quartz also comes in vibrant colors in addition to patterns that look like granite and marble.
Cons: The edges and corners can chip, and you’ll need a professional to repair them. Rounded edges can help.

Pros: Each slab of this natural material is fully unique.   Obscure coloring and veining slabs are very distinct but can be higher priced.  Heat, cuts, and scratches were also fine for granite.  Polished and matte finishes resisted most stains when properly sealed, so pick the look you prefer.
Cons: Periodic resealing is needed to ward off stains. Like quartz, the edges and corners can chip and must be professionally repaired.

Soapstone, Limestone, and Marble
Pros: Soapstone isn’t as common as granite but is fantastic at resisting heat damage. Small scratches can be repaired by sanding finely and applying mineral oil. Limestone also has a natural stone look without heavy veining or graining, and it resists heat.
Cons: Soapstone nicks, cuts, and scratches easily, and some stains are too tough to be washed away. Limestone and marble also have those drawbacks, and heat can damage our marble.

Butcher Block
Pros: It adds warmth and is easy to install and repair, but the finish makes a difference. Varnish improved stain resistance, but penetrating oils diminished it.
Cons: Nicks and scratches can easily happen, though they can be sanded out.

Maintenance, selection, and cost play a large factor when you are deciding to purchase new countertops.  Most natural stone options are easy to care for and offer many color preferences although pricing may vary per material type. 

If you are in the market for new stone countertops, call the Hard Rock Stone Works expert design team at 586-532-7763 to get started on your home updates.

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