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7 Natural Stone Countertops

Updated on December 7, 2016

If you are looking for a practical yet pleasurable way to enhance a space – be it the bathroom, kitchen or office – look no further than the delightful and durable choices available in nature. From marble and granite to soapstone or quartz, there are more than a dozen different stone surface from which to choose for your next room makeover.

Of course, with so many choices in stone countertops it can be difficult to determine which one to select for your space, as well as your budget. To help you make a decision, here are some descriptions of the most commonly used natural stone countertop choices:

  • Polished Granite – This is one of the more traditional options for a countertop. It has been in use for centuries, and is known for its high end appearance and durable prep surface that is resistant to stains, bacteria and heat. However, it can be somewhat pricey, and requires a bit of care – especially in the form of needing to be resealed at least once every two years
  • Marble – Like granite, marble can be pricey and also requires regular sealing. It is also known for being resistant to staining and can disguise wear and tear.
  • Honed Granite – Like the more traditional polished granite countertops in regards to durability , the honed granite is defined by having a more matte finish. But like its counterpart, it is also resistant to scratching, chipping, cracking and heat.
  • Soapstone- Known for being extremely stain and bacteria resistant, soapstone is a non-porous countertop choice that can be kept looking beautiful without needing to reseal it frequently; rather, soapstone keep is radiance by applying mineral oil to its surface. The mineral oil will also disguise scratches and deepen the stone’s color.
  • Travertine – If you are looking for an Old World finish without the cost of granite or marble, then this is the choice for you. However, it does require frequent resealing or the surface will trap food bacteria and absorb liquids.
  • Slate – This is one of the lowest priced natural stone choices available, but it is also equal in durability to its more pricey counterparts. And. Like other natural stones it doesn’t scratch or chip easily, and liquids such as acid or some oils will not stain or mar its surface.
  • Limestone – This sedimentary stone is becoming more popular due to its beautiful appearance. However, it should be noted that limestone countertops require proper and frequent sealing in order to keep it looking beautiful.

Natural stone countertops are a beautiful way to enhance any space in your home or office. Talk to a local stone vendor and learn how to incorporate one of these beautiful stones into your space this year.

Many websites provide additional information on the topic of countertops. One such site worth visiting is

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