Types of Countertops

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Kitchens are where everything happens. These rooms are the heart of the home, and they’re where you and your family probably spend most of your time—whether you’re cooking, eating, doing homework, or simply gathering after a long day of work and school. The kitchen is also one of the first rooms that people see when they come into your home. For those reasons, the way your kitchen looks and feels should always be on the forefront of your mind.

Installing a great countertop is the best way to make sure that your kitchen is at its best. At Wallstone Stone Countertops, we offer four great materials—granite, quartzite, quartz, and marble—and we believe that there’s not a bad choice among them.

Stone countertops are an excellent choice, and in order to help you get familiar with the countertops stone types that we offer, we put together this article.

Quartzite is a natural stone material that should not be confused with quartz, which is an engineered stone. Quartzite offers a similar level of durability with granite, and many people compare its aesthetics to those of marble. So if you love the look of marble but aren’t crazy about the maintenance it requires, quartzite might be just the stone you’re looking for.

Quartzite is formed when quartz sandstone gets put under extreme heat and pressure. From there, these grains fuse together and create a polished, glassy surface, and the impurities within the stone add its color, creating beautiful, swirling patterns that look a lot like marble’s veining.

Quartzite is a dense stone that is unlikely to scratch, stain, or chip. It doesn’t require much maintenance other than a regular sealing routine.

Granite is many of our customers’ number-one choice for natural stone countertops. When quartz and feldspar fuse together under intense heat and pressure within the earth, granite is formed. The fusion of these two materials creates the speckled appearance that granite is known for—and this also helps to conceal the seams between slabs.

The variety of color options make granite a great choice for almost any style and size of kitchen. It’s also an affordable option, being that it has risen in popularity and become more accessible over the years.

If you want to instantly amp up the visual appeal of your kitchen, invest in granite. It’s a highly coveted, low-maintenance stone that only requires a regular sealing routine in order to keep it beautiful.

Marble has been used in countless applications over the years, from countertops to tiles to flooring to backsplashes and much more. It’s been used in architecture throughout history—because it’s beautiful and easy to mold.

This stone has a timeless beauty that cannot be replicated. It comes in a variety of veining patterns and colorations, which many homeowners love, but we recommend only investing in this stone if you have the time to dedicate to its maintenance. It’s porous, meaning it needs to be sealed, and its softness makes it pretty sensitive to acidic materials. It’s also more prone to staining, chipping, and scratching.

Quartz is our engineered stone that is beautiful, durable, and functional. These countertops are designed to counteract the flaws of their counterparts, which makes them superior to natural stone in a lot of people’s eyes.

Quartz countertops are virtually indestructible because their composition is held together with polymers and resins. These components make quartz countertops nonporous, so they never need to be sealed. And they’re also incredibly resistant to stains, chips, and scratches.

People love the uniformity of quartz’s patterns, especially if they’re going for more of a consistent look in their kitchen. Since quartz is man-made, its patterns are predictable.

Our Countertops

We’re big fans of the countertop materials that we offer at Wallstone Stone Countertops, and we’d love to give you a tour of our showroom. To schedule a consultation or to learn more about our countertops stone types, get in touch with us today.

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