Natural stone countertops are the most popular in kitchens. Granite countertops are the most durable material, known for resisting cracks and chips. Marble countertops on the other hand, are beautiful, but delicate.
Granite, marble, quartzite, slate, onyx stone choices are a purely natural stone mined from stone quarries, and then are cut into thin slabs, polished/honed/brushed/leathered, and fabricated into countertops. One advantage that natural stone has over engineered stone is that every slab has a different mineral pattern and color, all your countertops are entirely unique. Most of the slabs come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes more than 70 inches wide. For comparison, quartz slabs are seldom larger than 65 inches wide. Wide slabs are a great benefit for kitchens with sprawling angles resulting in fewer seams.
When you look at the natural stone, you see the striations and slight color changes that make the stone unique. The color and design are real. It’s a natural material with great variety, depending on which species you select and how it’s cut. It creates lovely natural patterns, as opposed to artificial materials. Natural white marble is often a much more pure white compared to artificial marble. When re-sealed annually, granite and quartzite countertops are resistant to stains. Minor scratches or dings can be filled in with color-matching epoxy, we offer professional filling. Stone even though it’s “hard stone” needs to cleaned/wiped dry after every meal preparation.