Thinking about a new countertop in your kitchen or bathroom? A new countertop in your kitchen or bathroom can transform the look of your room. There are many options, but two popular choices for countertops today are natural granite and engineered stone.
Granite is a naturally-occurring type of igneous rock that is mined from a quarry to produce countertops and tile. The pyramids in Egypt were constructed of granite blocks in the 26th century BC. It comes in a range of colors ranging from pinks and whites through black. Granite has a strong, porous surface that needs to be sealed yearly to provide extra protection from staining. No two slabs of granite are exactly alike and, for that reason, it cannot be replicated. It is important to visit the granite supplier to choose your stone, as each piece could contain a variety of colors and patterns. Your Morris Black designer can help with advice and recommendations.
Engineered stone is a man-made product composed of ground-up stone in an epoxy resin which is made into countertops. It has a tough, non-porous surface that will not stain and resists chipping. It does not need to be sealed and can accept hot pans directly off the stove (up to 450 degrees). Even though engineered stone comes in a variety of colors and pattern, it can not replicate the beauty of natural granite stone. Examples of engineered stone include Silestone, Caesarstone, Icestone, Cambria and DuPont Zodiaq.
Many people are now opting for engineered stone over natural granite because it is considered an “eco-friendly” product. Engineered stone manufacturers are using recycled products in their stone products to protect the earth’s natural resources.
Research reported in Consumer Reports (2010) magazine reveals virtually no difference in performance between quartz products and sealed granite. The Morris Black designers can help you decide which is best for you. Whatever product you decide on, a new countertop is sure to enhance your home for years to come.
by Elizabeth Kerkusz, AKBD