The beauty and shine of a polished natural stone countertop is unmatched by composite or laminate products. Stone has been used as a building material for thousands of years, and it is one of the most desired materials by homeowners and buyers alike for both kitchens and bathrooms. Stone adds a certain character and amazement that something so naturally rough can be polished so smooth.
There are many different types of stone that make great-looking natural stone countertops. Granite is one of the most popular countertop materials used and is rivaled only by quartz. Marble countertops are about half as popular as either granite or quartz. One of the best features of granite is that it looks so natural with variety in color and pattern. Quartz is finished so well that it can be hard to distinguish from a man-made alternative.
There are rarer and more unique stones such as slate, soapstone, and limestone that can also make very fine alternatives to quartz, granite, and marble. Natural stone countertops are an investment in long-lasting quality that calls for very careful consideration of options. Putting in a granite countertop that ends up being replaced by quartz a year later is something to avoid, so careful consideration of realistically sized samples is important when selecting natural stone countertops.
Quality of Installation
Quality actually starts with the process of providing measurements from the kitchen or bathroom to the fabrication shop where the stone is cut, edged, and polished. Stonecrafters prepares natural stone countertops in Melbourne, FL to specifications that come from field measurements. Once a stone countertop has been cut, it’s difficult to modify on site to account for actual conditions that don’t match recorded measurements.
It’s not uncommon for countertops to experience minor damage during transport, handling, and installation. A high-quality installer will be able to repair or refinish minor blemishes after installation is complete.