Our Different Countertop Types: Up Close and Personal

When you think of the homiest room in your house, what’s the first one that you think of? For some, it might be the bedroom, for others the living room, but for many, it’s the kitchen. The kitchen is where every member of your family gathers to cook and eat and share stories at the end of the day. It’s a place where everyone should feel comfortable and a room that you love the look of.

In order to love your kitchen, you have to love your countertop. There’s no way around that. But how can you make sure that you love it when there are so many different countertop types out there?

With so many types of countertops at your disposal, it can be hard to know which one is best. There’s a lot of information out there, but here at Legacy Tile & Granite, we’re here to tell it like it is when it comes to the types of countertop materials that we offer.

In our showroom, you can expect to see granite, marble, quartz, and quartzite. But before you feel settled with one of them, you’ve got to learn the ins and outs of the stone.

Marble is a classic, sophisticated countertop material. If you’re looking to ramp up the class in your kitchen, then there’s almost no better option. This natural stone is gorgeous with bright, clean aesthetics and interesting veining patterns.

Marble is a porous natural stone. So to prevent damage and stains, you’ll need to seal it regularly. But even if your marble slab is sealed, it requires extra care. Since this stone is especially sensitive to acids, you should clean up spills right away to avoid any unsightly stains.

If you and your family love to bake, marble is a material that you cannot pass up. Since it stays cool all the time no matter what, it’s the perfect surface to roll out the dough—whether you’re making cookies or pizza.

If you want a beautiful countertop for your kitchen but don’t have the time for much maintenance, you should consider quartz. This engineered stone is nonporous because it’s man-made and includes resins that seal the pores of natural quartz. Because it has no pores, it’s a very hygienic material and super easy to clean. This makes it very attractive for kitchen use.

It should be noted that a hot pad or trivet should always be used with your quartz slab, though. Since resins are a type of plastic, they run the risk of melting when they come into contact with super-hot items. Keep your quartz safe and always put a layer in between its surface and something hot.

If you find yourself drawn toward classic aesthetics, then granite is the choice for you. This natural stone is known for its bold colorations and unique patterns, and much like marble, no two stones are exactly alike. Granite can bring visual interest and a pop of color to your kitchen, and it also lends itself to a variety of edge profiles.

Granite is also incredibly heat-resistant and scratch resistant. In fact, it’s one of the most durable materials available for kitchen countertops. It’s so hard that only another piece of granite or a diamond has the ability to scratch it.

Quartzite is the natural stone to go for if you’re attracted to the look of marble but not so excited about its maintenance level. Quartzite, while its looks are similar to marble, has the durability and level of care of granite.

This stone is heat and scratch resistant but needs to be sealed as most other natural stones do.

If you love eye-catching patterns, you’ll love quartzite. It comes in a variety of designs and colorations that will take your breath away.

The Choice Is Yours

At Legacy Tile & Granite, we don’t have a favorite stone—we love all of our countertop materials. To discuss which one might work best for your household, schedule a consultation with us today.

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