are an easy way to enhance the value of your kitchen and dramatically change its appearance. Kitchen countertops, granite countertops to be precise, are the most common upgrade according to a recent NAHB report. Common stones used for countertops include granite
, soapstone, limestone
, and onyx
are the most popular choice in natural stone
for hardness and durability. Granite is very resistant to scratching. Being a porous stone, it will need to be sealed when used as a countertop. It is generally recommended to reseal granite every year, but aside from that, it is relatively low maintenance.
have become increasingly popular in recent years for kitchen applications due to its hardness and resistance to scratching. Quartz is harder than granite and less porous, and offers a wide array of colors.
are much softer than granite and generally used for bathroom vanities. Marble is not recommended for kitchen countertops due to its susceptibility to scratching and staining.
are growing in popularity and are comparable in price to granite. Soapstone is a soft stone that has seen various uses throughout history. Although softer than granite, it is actually denser and less porous, making it less susceptible to staining.
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