Stone versus Other Materials as Countertops

Kitchen countertops can serve as conversation pieces. With their elegant designs and unique colours one can most definitely say that they add to a home’s sophistication and overall charm. Stone countertops made of stone such as quartz, granite and marble have become very popular among homeowners for several reasons. If you were to choose between a stone countertop versus one that is made from non-stone material, which would you prefer? Here is a look at how stone worktops fare over other materials.

Longer Lasting

Stone worktops generally last longer than other materials, because aside from quartz countertops, which are engineered stone counters, stone is a naturally occurring material, which lasts longer than artificially made material. And although wood worktops are also natural, they are far less durable than stone.

Less Likely to Get Stains and Scratches

Quartz worktops are more resistant to stains and scratches. This is because their resins already act as the sealant, which prevents stains and scratches from penetrating the surface and leaving a permanent mark. Although granite and marble worktops require sealants to be applied every six months, they are far more resistant compared to wood. Wood can easily be scratched when struck with sharp objects, and stains seep into it, making it next to impossible to get rid of them.

Less Porous

Stone worktops are less, if not totally non-porous. Porosity is the ability of a material to absorb substances. Wood and other materials are very porous. Once liquids touch their surfaces, they easily seep into the surface, eventually gathering bacteria and germs as well as mould that can pose a threat of contamination with food. Marble, granite and quartz countertops boast of less porous characteristics, which translates to being safer.

Antibacterial Properties

Because kitchen worktops are where most food preparation is done, they can have direct contact with raw and even cooked food. This can cause serious contamination that will in turn cause illnesses such as diarrhoea, nausea and other gastrointestinal disturbances. One of the best characteristics of stone countertops is that they are antibacterial.

Less Prone to Breaking

Ceramic tiles easily break. Even a slight impact can break them. Stone worktops on the other hand are harder and a lot more durable. Granite and marble worktops are whole slabs, meaning they do not have joints that can start cracks and breakages. They are also thick, and can bear heavy loads. And since they do not break easily, they are easier to use.

Quartz worktops are among the best choices you can ever make for your kitchen countertops. They are made of other materials and stone that make them the perfect kitchen worktops. Granite and marble also have their own allure among homeowners, and each of them has its own pros and cons, which you have to weigh before making a decision on which to have for your kitchen worktop.

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