As Americans we spend a lot of time in our kitchens, so it’s no surprise that we want them to look good and feel comfortable. We use them as our main family-gathering room—where we cook, eat, catch up on our day, and entertain our friends.
There are many options for designing the perfect countertop finish to suit your needs. Stone finishes are very popular mainly because of their durability and the wide range of materials available. Here are three types of stone finishes that you should consider:
This natural stone offers many types of grains and comes in various color finishes. You can usually find granite for about $60 per square foot, but the cost can quickly rise for the more exotic granite. Granite is also one of the most durable stones on the market, especially when properly sealed.
Marble has a rich history. The use of marble in architecture dates back thousands of years. Its beauty, durability and classic look make it a very appealing options—especially if you are designing a white kitchen. It’s not quite as durable as granite and is more prone to scratching and staining. You can find marble for about $80 per square foot.
Natural quartz finishes are very tough—about 10 times harder than granite. The most popular is Silestone, which comes in over 40 colors. Perhaps the biggest strength of quartz countertops is that they resist spills and stains easily. The only downside is that they require frequent sealing—about once a year. If not sealed, there is a danger that bacteria could grow in small crevices. Silestone costs vary from about $50 to $100 per square foot.