There’s nothing that adds beauty to a home quite like a stunning natural stone. Whether it’s tile for the floors or counters in the kitchen, natural stone is the go-to choice. But with so many options for marble and stone, it can be difficult for homeowners to choose.
When it comes to countertops for the kitchen and bathroom, you want them to be as durable as they are beautiful. These rooms are such high-traffic areas with tons of activity. Every material should stand up to heat, water, and stains as well as add an aesthetic appeal.
Learn about the best marble and stone countertop options for your home.
With connotations of luxury, marble is often the top choice when it comes to counters for the kitchen and bathroom. A white marble countertop is among the most popular, but the stone also comes in gray, black, blue, beige, green, and pink. With large-scale veining, marble makes a statement in any room.
Marble is a durable option, but it requires more maintenance than other stone countertops. Avoid direct heat on the stone and be cautious of acids that can etch the surface. Marble is also very porous, so you’ll need annual sealing to keep water and liquids out that can cause staining.
Many quartz countertops are engineered rather than being a slab of natural stone. This means there are natural stones mixed with resins to create a slab. Because of that, there are many color options, including white, gray, beige, brown, and black. They can also be made to have veining or speckling.
The material is made to be strong, it’s resistant to scratches, chips, and heat. Because it’s engineered, it’s also not porous, which means it won’t need sealing, it won’t stain or sustain water damage.
While quartz is engineered, quartzite is a natural metamorphic stone, created with high heat and pressure. Quartzite can be found in shades of white, gray, and beige, as well as hints of blue and green. The veining can be dramatic or subtle.
In the kitchen and bathrooms, quartzite is a great option because it’s durable, resistant to scratches, and it’s heat resistant, so the counters will look great for years to come. The stone is porous, which means it will need to be sealed about once a year to be stain resistant and prevent discoloration.
A popular option for kitchens and bathrooms for years, granite is still a good standard material. Granite can come in shades of black, brown, beige, tan, and white and have more speckling than it does veining. Green, red, and blue are less common colors for the stone.
A granite countertop is incredibly durable and strong, so it’s one of the best options for busy kitchens or homes with kids and pets. The stone is resistant to scratching and chipping, so it can stand up to plenty of activity. With yearly sealing, the counters will look like new for years to come.
Marble and Stone for Kitchens and Bathrooms
Make your kitchen and bathroom stand out with a slab of marble and stone. Stunning colors, dramatic veining, and beautiful speckling will make a statement as the centerpiece of the room.
The right slab will also be durable enough to stand up to the heavy traffic in these busy rooms. Marble and stone are great investments and can help increase the value of your home.
Give your home a transformation with stunning stone accents. Contact RSK Stone today for a free estimate of an upcoming project!