Durable Countertop Slabs for Your Kitchen
There are many kitchen countertop choices for today’s homeowner, from laminates to stainless steel, from wood to fine stone slab. Many people prefer the look of stone, which is always a durable choice. For extreme durability, three stone options stand above the crowd: granite, natural quartzite and sintered stone.
Granite is a popular choice for kitchen countertops, thanks to its beauty and versatility. Granite is a very hard mineral, scoring high on the Mohs scale. It’s available in a staggering array of colors and patterns and is heat, stain and scratch-resistant.
Natural quartzite, not to be confused with engineered quartz, is even harder than granite. This attractive, glossy stone is tough; it’s actually difficult to stain!
Sintered stone is the new kid on the block, – an innovative countertop material made by exposing fine minerals to high pressure and temperature. Highly scratch and impact-resistant, sintered stone is available in a wide range of colors and is a welcome addition to the family of highly durable countertop slabs.
If durability is what you want in a countertop, there are
three choices that are both extremely durable and very attractive. The two
hardest natural stone slab countertop materials are granite and natural
quartzite. Both score high on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, and both are
beautiful. Granite is quarried in almost every country in the world and is one
of the most abundant fine stone products; it’s available in every color of the
rainbow and in patterning that ranges from subtle flecks to dramatic veining.
Quartzite is formed when sandstone and quartz are subjected to extreme heat and
pressure. The resulting stone is heat and stain-resistant and is considered an
exceptional choice for countertops. The most sought-after types of quartzite
come from Brazil and India.
A new and innovative slab countertop product has recently
been introduced to the market. Sintered stone uses natural materials such as clay and feldspar. It mixes these fine minerals with
pigments and then subjects them to 5,000PSI of pressure at 2200F degrees. The resulting slab is extremely
durable and attractive. Sintered stone is incredibly easy to care for; you can
cut on the surface without damaging it, and it also withstands heat. It wipes
clean easily with a damp cloth, and it doesn’t need to be sealed or
conditioned. Sintered stone is also available in a variety of colors.
And stone slab is also a
wonderful choice for bathroom vanity tops, floors, walls, or accent pieces.
Visit a stone supplier today and discover the beauty of natural stone slab!