Your countertops are one of the most widely used spaces in your house. Finding the right materials to appease your design aesthetic and satisfy your desired use and maintenance level for this countertop is a challenging and exciting project. We hope this blog piece will shed some light on some pros and cons of several common countertop materials for your custom house. Read on to learn more about the most popular countertop materials for your custom home!
Granite countertops have been a true staple in semi-custom and custom homes for decades, primarily because of their wide availability and durability. It is sanitary and quite resistant to heat, scratches, and stains. There is quite a bit of variety regarding granite, giving homeowners around 3,000 different choices. As far as any negatives go, there is not a lot when it comes to granite. Like any natural stone, a given slab might have some undesirable imperfections or variability. Also, granite is porous and requires some sealing with a high-quality sealer.
Marble’s top advantage is the beautiful white hues and incredible veining in its slabs. It is also waterproof and heat resistant. Unfortunately, marble is not scratch-resistant and can stain easily as liquids quickly absorb the porous materials. Marble countertops have to be sealed consistently to protect them and preserve them. Marble is usually very expensive, too, which is why it is generally used on a feature countertop, like an island, instead of around your entire kitchen.
Although limestone countertops are usually used in exterior locations, they can be used for interior applications. Limestone is heat-resistant and available at many prices, making it much more affordable than any other natural stone countertops. Limestone is not scratch-resistant and is porous, so it should be sealed up regularly.
Quartzite, which should not be confused with Quartz, is a natural stone. It is known for its hardness, low maintenance, and durability. It also does not require special cleaners to take care of it; you just need soap and water. Keep this in mind while picking a countertop material for your custom home!
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