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By now, you’re probably aware that there are tons of countertop options to choose from. But are you aware of the fact that certain materials rank leaps and bounds above the rest? At Wallstone Stone Countertops, we’re especially partial to quartz, granite, marble, and quartzite, as those are the fine materials that we offer in our showroom.

That said, while we love each of our stone countertops, it’s true that certain materials suit certain lifestyles, and that’s something you should take into account when considering the options in front of you. After all, your kitchen countertop is a place for functionality, not just beauty.

Here’s a brief list of things to keep in mind as you choose your countertop material:

  • Color and design
      • What statement do you want to make?
  • Size and shape of the material
      • What is your desired thickness, length, and edge style?
  • Backsplash combination
      • Will your colors match?
  • Kitchen island
      • Do you want one? Does your countertop match the one you already have?
  • Durability and maintenance level
      • How much time do you want to spend maintaining your countertop? How much time will you spend utilizing it?
  • Cost of ownership
    • This goes beyond the upfront price. How much do you want to spend keeping up your countertop?

Keep reading to learn more details about the materials that we offer and what you can expect from them.

Quartz should be your go-to choice if you’re looking for something that is both gorgeous and low maintenance. Since it’s a nonporous engineered stone, it doesn’t ever need to be sealed, and it’s highly resistant to stains and liquid damage. Since there are no pores, it’s also a super hygienic material to use in the kitchen.

Cleaning quartz is simple too. Soap and water will work great. All you have to remember is to stay away from the acidic cleaners, and you should be just fine.

Another thing to stay away from is intense heat. There are resins included in quartz’s composition, and those are a type of plastic. That means they are vulnerable to high heat. Always use a hot pad or trivet for best results.

Not to be confused with quartz, quartzite is a natural stone material that needs to be sealed. But unlike quartz, it is highly heat resistant. This natural stone comes in a variety of beautiful and bold colorations, and some have compared its aesthetics to those of marble. But what’s great about quartzite is the fact that it needs a fraction of the maintenance that marble needs, so you can enjoy its looks without putting in as much work.

Quartzite is always extremely scratch resistant because it’s such a hard stone. If you’re looking for all-around durability, this is the choice for you.

Granite is the tried-and-true option that everyone is familiar with. It can be found in a diverse range of colorations and patterns, and it’s sure to catch the eye of anyone who enters your kitchen. Much like quartzite, it’s extremely hard and durable. It is heat resistant and scratch resistant, which makes it great for family kitchens that sustain their fair share of wear and tear.

Granite is porous, so it needs to be sealed in the same way that quartzite does in order to maintain its looks and integrity.

Marble is probably the most luxurious natural stone that you can find, and installing it in your kitchen automatically puts across an air of sophistication and class. This stone needs to be sealed, and it is also very heat resistant. But since marble is a softer stone, it is known to be more sensitive to scratching and etching than granite and quartzite. Always remember to keep acids away from your countertop because they can do lasting damage. Using mild soap and water to clean marble will do just fine.

Which Option Is for You?

Between granite, marble, quartzite, and quartz, there’s not a bad option in our showroom. To learn more about what stone material best suits your home, get in touch with Wallstone Stone Countertops today.

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Our 3D visualizer lets you view and compare different types of granite, marble, and quartz countertops. See them side-by-side with different backsplash and cabinet combinations!

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