Types of stone
Different Types of stone for kitchen use
Stone is one of the best materials to be used for your kitchen. Compared to wood and stainless steel, it is cheaper and more durable. Stone bench tops are also more durable than acrylic countertops, which scratch easily. It is cheaper than concrete as well. Another advantage to choosing stone for your counter tops is that it adds value to your home; perhaps even more than what you paid for. This article discusses some of the stones you can use for your stone bench tops as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each.
1. Engineered stone (Caesarstone, Quantum Quartz, etc.)
These engineered stones are mostly made out of quartz and have resin fillers. They come in a variety of colors.
Pros: Quite affordable compared to natural stone; a comparatively large color selection; rather resistant to temperature and impact and even stains from liquid spills; the most environment-friendly choice.
Cons: Not as resistant to heat as stainless steel; there is a lead-time between cabinet and bench installation
A natural stone that is one of the most common choices for stone surfaces.
Pros: A larger selection of colors (that vary in price); good resistance to eat and impact
Cons: Need resealing because it is naturally porous, especially light colors; there is a lead-time between cabinet and bench installation; rather expensive
3. Marble or limestone
Natural rocks that are quite colorful.
Pros: Beautiful colors
Cons: Expensive compared to other natural stones like granite; scratches easily so it will need regular replacement
Onyx is commonly thought of as black but it usually comes in colors like white as well.
Pros: Beautiful translucent look
Cons: Prone to scratches
Another natural stone; extremely dense
Pros: Comes in a variety of colors but not as much as granite; matte surface; non-porous; doesn’t cost as much as granite
Cons: Needs regular maintenance and sealing like most natural stones.
Made of the mineral talc.
Pros: This stone has a high resistance to heat
Cons: Maintenance (removal of scratches) requires rubbing with mineral oil or sanding; must be sealed with mineral oil to reduce staining
These stones are ideal not only for stone bench tops in your kitchen but for bathroom vanities or laundry room counter tops as well.
Now that you know what kinds of stones are available, it is time to discuss what maintenance procedures you will need to take once you have your new stone bench tops.
1. Know when to seal.
Ask your local builders or hardware stores for advice regarding this. Blogs like marthastewart.com also offer advice on stone maintenance.
2. Know the maintenance procedures needed for your stone of choice.
Some stones need regular resealing, some require sanding or polishing. Know what kind of water and cleaner to use for your stone counter tops.
3. Take care of your counter tops.
Besides polishing, sanding, etc. stone bench tops need to be wiped down regularly to avoid staining.
4. Know the safety procedures involving your countertops.