There are several big decisions if you are planning to renovate your kitchen. One of them is how to choose the proper materials for your kitchen countertops. Two categories of materials are very popular in today’s kitchen remodeling market—natural stones and engineered materials. Today, I am going to talk about the natural stone countertops.
50% of my clients really love the organic looks and elegant veins of natural stones.The popular natural stones in kitchen & bath applications include granite, marble, quartzite.
Granite still stays very strong in the market demand. Granite has following features:
- Moh’s scale 6-7. Moh’s scale is used to measure the relative hardness of a mineral by its resistance to scratching. From softest to hardest, the ten minerals of the Mohs scale are talc (measuring 1 on the scale), gypsum, calcite, fluorite, apatite, orthoclase, quartz, topaz, corundum, and diamond (measuring 10 on the scale).
- Natural materials;
- High heat, scratch, etch and stain resistance;
- Minimal maintenance, mild soap and warm water to clean;
- Polished and textured or honed finishes;
- Excellent for kitchen and bath applications;
- Outdoor applications. Be careful for the dark-color granite. They can become really hot if exposed in high heat for a very long time. We usually recommend clients to use covers.
Marble countertops, specially Carrara marble, are extremely popular in the west coast thanks to its natural and elegant veins.
Marble is a metamorphic stone found in mountainous regions of North America, South America, Asia, and Europe—from Colorado to Brazil and Italy. It’s created by the physical or chemical alteration of sediment into a denser form through heat and/or pressure. The resulting rock has a crystalline nature enabling it to take a polish. It also has veins of mineral deposits that pattern it, no two slabs are exactly alike. Marble has following features:
- Moh’s scale 3-4;
- natural materials;
- Heat resistant.
- Less Scratch, etch and stain resistance than Granite, quartzite and engineered quartz;
- Mild soap and warm water to clean;
- Polished and textured finishes;
- Acceptable for kitchen and bath applications.
- Not for out-door application.
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Quartzite is a very hard metamorphic rock that originated as sandstone. … Quartzite is ideal for any countertop surface due to its strength and long-lasting composition. some of quartzite features include:
1. Moh’s Scale 7( harder than Granite);
3.High heat, scratch, etch and stain resistance;
4Mild soap and warm water to clean;
5. Polished and textured finishes;
6. Excellent for kitchen and bath application;
7.Acceptable for outdoor applications.