At Bellezza Artisan Stone Surfaces, we offer a variety of materials for kitchen countertops, but three stand apart from the rest. Our favorite materials for installing a kitchen countertop are marble, quartz, and granite.
The reason we like these materials so much is that they stand the test of time. There’s no way these stones will go out of style anytime soon, so you don’t have to plan for a kitchen countertop replacement in the near future, if at all. Alongside that, these stones have no shortage of beautiful aesthetics and great functionality.
We could go on and on about what these countertops are great for, and we just might do that if you let us. But we’ll be brief when we break down these stones and their benefits for your kitchen.
Marble Stone Countertops
If you gravitate toward a life of luxury, we have no better recommendation than marble. This stone is the stone to go for if you’re looking for something high end because it elevates your kitchen instantly to create a clean and contemporary mood. With the right amount of sunlight, you’ve got yourself a real work of art in a marble countertop.
White is probably the most popular color of marble, but that’s not the only shade it comes in. You’ll also see marble in gray, brown, taupe, and green. And, even better, no two slabs are exactly alike.
Marble countertops are for those whose kitchens don’t see a lot of everyday wear and tear. The reason behind this is that marble requires more care than other natural stones, as it’s softer and more porous. If you install it in a kitchen that sees a lot of activity, you might be doing more maintenance than you signed up for, and more likely for your marble to become damaged.
One thing we always recommend with marble countertops is sealant. A good sealing routine can keep your marble countertop lovely and sturdy.
Kitchen countertops in quartz are for those who prefer an engineered stone over a natural stone. If you’re not sure what an engineered stone is, don’t worry—it’s pretty straightforward.
An engineered stone is a man-made material. In the case of quartz, these countertops are created when natural quartz particles are mixed with polymers and resins that bind all the particles together to create a nonporous surface. So unlike marble, you do not have to seal your quartz kitchen countertops—ever!
The nonporous nature of quartz countertops also means that they stay clean without you having to do much work. Since there are no pores for germs and bacteria to sneak into, quartz is one of the most hygienic materials for a kitchen—especially a busy one.
Quartz countertops have been steadily growing in popularity, and now you can find them in all sorts of aesthetics. Since they’re man-made, you can easily locate slabs that have been made to look like natural stone countertops—and only an expert will be able to tell the difference.
Granite Stone Countertops
For kitchen countertops, the choice for durability is none other than granite. This stone can handle almost anything you throw at it, whether that’s heat, scratches, or stains. Granite also has no shortage of patterns and aesthetics; it’s easy to find slabs in both dark and light shades, so we have no doubt you’ll find something that complements your kitchen nicely.
If you’re looking for something low-maintenance, granite is right up your alley. You don’t need any special chemicals or cleaners to get it clean because soap and water will do just fine. Granite cleaner does exist, and it’s always there if you’re looking for something a little extra, but there’s nothing wrong with mild soap, warm water, and a soft cloth. Granite doesn’t ask for much.
Personalizing Your Kitchen
Marble, quartz, and granite are three of the top choices for countertops at Bellezza, and this article only scratches the surface of how great these stones are. To learn more about them, reach out to us today.