Choosing a Countertop: Our Materials
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Many people automatically gravitate toward stone when they’re searching for material for their new countertop. And we can’t blame them. Stone countertops are gorgeous, and they have great lasting quality—they’re highly resistant to many things, and they last for generations.
Stone countertops, our specialty, can be an asset to any type of home. Whether your house is quiet with just one or two people living there, or it’s full to the brim with chaos and activity, there’s a stone out there that can work for you.
At Marble Unlimited, we’ve got the best stones in the game. When it comes to countertop materials, we’ve got granite, marble, and quartzite in the natural stone category, and quartz too, which is our engineered stone. Any one of these materials would be a great choice for your remodel because of the unique qualities that they all possess.
Keep reading to learn more about our countertop options—granite, marble, quartzite, and quartz.
You’ve probably heard about granite before; it’s the most popular natural stone countertop that we stock. But if you haven’t, we’ll gladly tell you all about how great it is.
Granite is a natural stone that’s found in shallow quarries near the earth’s surface, and it’s composed of orthoclase, albite, feldspar, and quartz. All of these different minerals create unique patterns and colorations, and once it’s sourced, the slab is polished to highlight its natural uniqueness.
There are hundreds of granite variations, and since it’s a material that comes from the earth, no two slabs look exactly alike. This means that your granite slab will be completely one of a kind, and a lot of people think that’s pretty special.
Along with its beauty, granite is known for its durability. It has no problem with heat, stains, or chemicals, and it’s also very simple to clean. No expensive cleaners are needed—all it calls for is a little soap and water.
Granite is a worthy investment that can lend itself to any lifestyle. It will increase the resale value of your home should you decide to sell—but even if you’re not putting your home on the market, granite is worth every penny.
Marble is known for how classy it is. It has the ability to bring an air of luxury and sophistication to any room, and it’s remained timeless for literally thousands of years. There’s a reason it’s been a staple for so long—it’s a well-loved stone because it’s gorgeous, it lasts, and it can really tie a room together.
Marble has a unique aesthetic that’s complete with one-of-a-kind veining. It’s also sourced from the earth, and much like granite, no two slabs are identical. If your home is a quiet place with low activity, marble might be a great choice for you—as it’s known for erring on the delicate side of natural stones. It can act as the centerpiece of any room that you choose.
A great way to make your marble slab even more unique is by choosing a specific finish. From honed to flamed to hammered, there are plenty to choose from.
Quartzite can handle pretty much anything. If you’re looking for a tough stone, look no further than this one. Quartzite is known for its density; it’s formed from sandstone, which makes it extremely durable. It’s actually the most resilient natural stone that we have!
It’s resistant to heat, chemicals, stains, and liquid damage, so if your home has a lot of moving parts and everyone is always on the go, quartzite is probably your best bet. You won’t have to worry about this material falling victim to damage from the constant flurry of activity.
It’s also possible for quartzite to have a unique look. When certain minerals are present in it, the stone can take on bold and visually striking colorations.
Quartz is not a natural stone; it’s an engineered stone. It’s made up of 95 percent natural quartz, but the reason that it qualifies as engineered is because of the 5 percent polymers and resins that have been added to make it extra durable and easy to maintain. Because of these additives, it’s inherently nonporous and never needs to be resealed. This also makes it nearly impervious to damage and easy to clean, and it’s rare that you’ll ever need to replace it.
Quartz is also a great choice for people who aren’t fans of the unpredictability that natural stone is known for. Since quartz is man made, it has patterns that tend to be more streamlined and seamless.
At Marble Unlimited, we know our way around a stone countertop, and we want to share that knowledge with you. If you’ve still got questions or would like to come in and see our countertop options in person, give us a call at (919) 596-2325 for a consultation.