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Natural Stone Countertops

Natural stone is unmatched when it comes to beauty, individuality and strength. The different natural stone - granite, limestone, marble, slate and travertine - gives you many choices to pick from for whatever the application, whether a kitchen countertop, a fireplace surround or just a table top. Natural stone will enhance any design, rustic to contemporary, and add individuality, comfort and elegance to any room in your home.

Natural stone countertops are the most talked about product on the market. They are elegant, durable, and let's face it, pretty expensive. All these traits add to its appeal and it can often immediately double the value of a kitchen or bathroom.

The table below will help you compare qualities of different types of stone, based on which you can make up your mind about which stone you might want to choose for your new countertop.

  Stone Type   Pros   Cons

GRANITE <!--/home-remodeling-jobs-portfolio-6606.html-->

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Ideal for countertops. Resists scratches, heat and acidic substances. Can be used for indoor and outdoor flooring, even in climates that experience freezing. Excellent for bathroom vanities.

Granite Countertops can stain. Highly porous granites should be sealed. When used as a flooring material its high gloss finish can become slippery when wet. Select a flamed or brushed finish for wet areas.

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Marble Facts >>

As a countertop material marble's smooth, cool surface is ideal for baking and rolling out dough. Offers an upscale and classic appearance in the kitchen and on the floor. A beautiful soft matte patina will emerge when left to age naturally. Fitting for the elegant powder bath.

When used as a countertop surface marble will scratch, stain and etch easily. On interior floors dirt and sand will dull its shine over time. Not recommended for outdoor flooring and slippery when wet. In the shower, acidic soaps and shampoos will etch its polish and water spots will be magnified.

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Slate Facts >>

As a countertop material, slate does not react with acids and resists staining. Will take significant abuse as a flooring material and inherent color variations camouflage dirt. Ideal for the bathroom and shower. Offers sure footing when wet.

Natural cleft slate can become a nuisance when used as a countertop due to its uneven surface. Sealing helps ensure its carefree use.

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Limestone Facts >>

Limestone is a durable countertop material when selecting from the harder and denser types. These harder stones function similar to granite. Perfect for floors in a bathroom and shower. Offers sure footing when wet.

Soft, porous limestone can scratch, stain, and etch more easily than the denser varieties. Sealing these softer stones will help to prevent staining but will not stop problems with etching and scratching. Penetrating sealer should be applied to countertops, floors and wet areas. Not recommended for outdoor flooring in climates prone to freezing.

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Travertine Facts >>

Travertine is an appropriate countertop material when selecting from the harder, denser varieties. Ideal for floors and in the bathroom. Can be used in the shower. Offers sure footing when wet.

Softer, porous varieties can scratch, stain, and etch more easily than the denser varieties. Must seal for stain prevention on countertops. Requires a penetrating sealer in high traffic and wet areas. Not recommended as outdoor flooring in climates that experiense freezing.


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