A couple of things in a house are more widely used and noticed than the countertops. Finding the right materials to appease your design aesthetic AND satisfy your desired use and maintenance level for this countertop is a bit challenging and exciting project. We hope that this blog piece will shed a bit of light on some pros and cons of several common countertop materials for your custom house. Read on to learn a tad bit more about each of the most popular countertop materials for your custom home!
Granite countertops have been a true staple in semi-custom and custom homes for a couple of decades now, primarily because of its wide availability and durability. It is quite resistant to heat, scratches, stains and is very sanitary. There is quite a bit of variety when it comes down to 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, there might be some undesirable imperfections or variability in a given slab. Also, granite is porous and requires a bit of 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 become absorbed quickly into 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 price points, making it much more affordable than any other natural stone countertops. Limestone isn’t scratch-resistant and is porous, so it should be sealed up regularly.
Quartzite, which shouldn’t 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, just soap and water. Keep this in mind while picking a countertop material for your custom home!
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