Why Stone Countertops are Worth the Investment
Often, when presented with the price tags that accompany some stone types, people are tempted to move towards cheaper alternative countertop materials such as laminate or wood. While we can certainly understand the temptation to go with a less expensive option, there are also plenty of reasons why taking the plunge and investing in high-quality stone countertops is worth it!
Compared to countertops that are easily scratched or dented, stone countertops sure can take a beating. Most natural stone is very durable, being very resistant to heat damage and scratching. Quartz is another durable option as it is naturally stain-resistant and does not require sealing. As long as you ensure that your stone countertops are correctly sealed, you won’t need to worry about staining or water damage. If your kitchen or bathrooms see a lot of use, it’s worth considering paying a little more.
When shopping for wood or laminate counters, you will find that your style choices are minimal. Wood looks like, well, wood–and laminate can only imitate the beauty that stone offers. Compared side-by-side, stone countertops win the beauty contest 10 out of 10 times.
When cared for properly, stone countertops can last several decades. This longevity is why homeowners often replace the counters before selling their homes; new counters increase the resale value of your home tremendously! Laminate counters usually begin peeling up from the edges after only a few years, and knicks and dents on wood countertops add up over time.
While quartz is the only genuinely nonporous stone countertop option, other stones can be sealed to prevent them from absorbing liquid and food stains for a period of time. Wood has natural grains and is prone to scratching, which leaves plenty of opportunities for bacteria to accumulate. Stone is the way to go when you’re looking for safe and sanitary options! If you have any questions regarding how to properly clean and maintain your stone countertops, feel free to give us a call.
To care for stone countertops, the only maintenance (apart from regular cleaning) you will have to worry about is making sure your counters stay properly sealed. Sealant prevents excess moisture from being absorbed into the stone. If you opt for quartz counters, you will never need to worry about sealing them!
If you’re still debating on which type of countertop is right for you, we’d love for you to stop by our showroom so we can talk about it together! We’re always available to explore the variety of options we carry.
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