A Quick Introduction to Natural
and Cultured Stone Countertops
In this short presentation, we will discuss the pros and
co...
The Newest Kitchen Craze:
OTHER Natural Stone
Countertops
In recent years, concrete, soapstone, marble
and quartz have bee...
We’re Talking about ROCK!
ROCK = Strength. Durability.
Easy to Clean and Maintain.
After all, granite and many
other natur...
One thing about granite…
…is that it can stain. Same thing with
marble.
Your granite counter will need to be
sealed upon i...
Marble & Cultured Marble
Natural marble is prone to staining, chipping and
cracking – BUT, people adore it as a baker’s pr...
Look at Concrete Countertops
Definitely an up & coming option!
We found this example on Flickr (see photo
attribution belo...
Soapstone:
Not just for laboratory tables anymore!
Here is another example from
Flickr (attribution below)
People often eq...
Then there is Quartz…
Quartz Countertops
If you are considering quartz as a
counter surface, you probably are
thinking of ...
Natural Stone Countertops
If you are convinced that a stone counter is right for
you, get together with someone who unders...
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Natural stone countertops - A quick introduction & overview

A lot of customers are looking at some of the types of natural materials being used for kitchen and bath countertops. This is a quick introduction
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Transcripts - Natural stone countertops - A quick introduction & overview

  • 1. A Quick Introduction to Natural and Cultured Stone Countertops In this short presentation, we will discuss the pros and cons of some of the natural as well as engineered varieties used in today’s kitchen and bathroom countertops.
  • 2. The Newest Kitchen Craze: OTHER Natural Stone Countertops In recent years, concrete, soapstone, marble and quartz have been gaining a lot of attention as counter surfaces of choice. Granite is still at the top end of the list, but don’t count out some of these up & coming materials. All photos: © Can Stock Photo unless otherwise
  • 3. We’re Talking about ROCK! ROCK = Strength. Durability. Easy to Clean and Maintain. After all, granite and many other natural stone materials have hung out in the elements for millions of years. Obviously, they are going to last a LONG time in your kitchen.
  • 4. One thing about granite… …is that it can stain. Same thing with marble. Your granite counter will need to be sealed upon installation, and then resealed every 6 or so months. But, you do have countless colors and patterns you can choose from. Pictured here is a green granite surface. No two slabs are alike. Don’t think that if you decide on “green granite” as you see here, that your actual counter will look just like it.
  • 5. Marble & Cultured Marble Natural marble is prone to staining, chipping and cracking – BUT, people adore it as a baker’s prep area. So, unless you are buying cultured marble (a man- made, engineered stone), you might want to make a designated place in your kitchen – either a stand-alone table or small area of the counter to showcase it!
  • 6. Look at Concrete Countertops Definitely an up & coming option! We found this example on Flickr (see photo attribution below), and loved it! One thing many people are wondering is if this can REALLY be a DIY project. Our research says, “Not so fast…” There is a lot more to it than setting forms and pouring concrete into it. There is a LOT to creating a quality concrete countertop. Don’t leave this one to an amateur. Hire a firm that specializes in this. You won’t be sorry! Photo Attribution: Cortney Gibbons
  • 7. Soapstone: Not just for laboratory tables anymore! Here is another example from Flickr (attribution below) People often equate soapstone with lab tables, but more and more it’s being used in kitchens. Caring for soapstone is as easy as rubbing mineral oil on it. It won’t react with any cleaners, and is absolutely gorgeous. Photo by Helvetica Fanatic
  • 8. Then there is Quartz… Quartz Countertops If you are considering quartz as a counter surface, you probably are thinking of the engineered stone variety (aka quartzite). It contains quartz “dust,” and binders/resins. Engineered stone is seamless, and it is very durable. This type of counter surface is gaining in popularity. Photo: ths.gardenweb.com
  • 9. Natural Stone Countertops If you are convinced that a stone counter is right for you, get together with someone who understands the materials BEFORE you make a final decision. Working with a professional is key to your remodeling (or new construction) success. For example, remember that creating a concrete surface takes a certain skill level you won’t get from someone who has only installed laminates. Go for experience!

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