Kitchens and bathrooms are the two most commonly renovated rooms in any home. These high-use rooms feature countertops as a primary feature, but they also expose those countertops to a lot of moisture. Water is inevitable around sinks, and kitchen countertops experience exposure to spills, hot objects, and potential scratches. This is why porous and non-durable surfaces are not recommended for your kitchen and bathroom. But what is a good choice? Natural stone slabs, fabricated by experts at Rock Tops Fabrication, are durable as well as beautiful. If you are ready to update your countertops, read on to discover the best stone slabs for your kitchen and bathroom.
Granite has often been a top choice both for its beauty and durability. Granite countertops can easily elevate your kitchen design while withstanding everyday wear from kitchens and bathrooms. Granite stone slabs come in various colors and styles, which makes them suitable for any existing design.
Granite stone is extremely hard and can hold up to heat well while remaining solid and durable. Periodic sealing is required for granite, but when sealed, it is resistant to stain absorption. Once the sealant is applied, granite can withstand exposure to moisture and food prep in your home.
Quartzite is a naturally occurring stone that is becoming increasingly popular because of its striking “veining” appearance. Quartzite stone slabs are highly durable and can withstand the heat of the kitchen very well. This stone has a greater density than granite, so it is more resistant to chipping, staining, or scratches.
Quartzite is porous and so must be sealed periodically. When correctly fabricated, installed, and maintained, quartzite can be an excellent option for your kitchen or bathroom. If you are seeking the elegance of marble combined with the durability of granite, natural quartzite is your best choice.
Marble is still one of the most high-status and luxurious varieties of stone slabs. Marble comes in many color varieties beyond white or gray and can be polished for a glossy sheen or honed for a modern matte finish. However, marble is porous, making it more susceptible to stains if it is not treated with a sealant. It is also slightly softer than granite or quartzite, which makes it more susceptible to scratches. This stone material may then be best for homes or rooms that experience less risk of chipping or scratches.
When selecting the best stone slabs for your countertops, consider how you use your counters, what you expose them to, and what design you want. No matter your answer to these factors, you can find a stone countertop that suits your home design and lifestyle.
QUESTIONS ABOUT COUNTERTOPS?
If you have questions regarding the benefit of natural stone in kitchens and bathrooms, Fabrication is here to answer them. Our trained professionals are here to make sure that your new kitchen or bathroom is designed and finished in exactly the way you want it. We service Maryland, DC, and Virginia. Feel free to give us a call at 410-363-4257. For more information, tips, and tricks, and to see what we have been up to, be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest, and Houzz.