Countertops can set the tone for your kitchen or bring a boring bathroom to life and often set the tone for your overall design during a remodel or renovation. Today’s countertop materials are quite varied; materials include stone, man-made, composite and wood countertops among the most popular options. A little background information on our three most popular types of countertops tells you how each measures up aesthetically while also meeting your lifestyle or day-to-day needs.
Natural stone countertops are highly popular and one of the most durable countertop types. High-demand options include granite and marble for their unique characteristics and durability. Soapstone is a more unique choice that offers a smooth, silky feel and historic look.
Of the natural stone counter options, granite remains a perennial choice, with a wide variety of colors, grades, patterns and thicknesses to choose from. Like marble, no two slabs of granite are identical, so you achieve an elegant look that can’t be mass-produced. The broad range of color and pattern choices also makes it easy to match to most kitchen or bathroom designs. From a lifestyle perspective, granite is highly durable, resists heat and holds up well to normal wear and tear. When properly sealed, granite countertops won’t become porous, and seams have low to no visibility, giving you a smooth surface that can last a lifetime.
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