Published at Monday, August 26th, 2019 - 13:45:12 PM. kitchen countertops. By Mallory Camus.
Another natural stone option that is in high demand for countertops is marble, although it has limitations that should be recognized in kitchen applications. Marble’s unique appearance and veined patterns make it one of the most attractive of all natural stones. But marble is a relatively soft and porous stone that MUST be carefully and repeatedly sealed if used for kitchen countertops. Like granite, marble is available in three forms—solid slabs, modular marble, and marble tiles. As with granite, solid slabs are the best choice for countertops. Although a uniquely beautiful choice, marble is a relatively soft and porous stone that has drawbacks when used in kitchens. A better choice might be granite, an engineered stone, or solid-surface material that resembles marble.
Although there are those who disagree, quartz countertops—a form of engineered stone—may well be the best of all countertop materials when all factors are considered. Quartz countertops are made from natural stone byproducts (leftover rubble from the quarrying of quartz and other natural stone) which are pulverized and blended with resins to form slabs. It can be considered a ”green” building material since it is made from leftover stone and doesn’t require quarrying. And engineered quartz has nearly all the virtues of granite and other natural stone, while costing less.
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