Various Types of Stone Benchtops You Could Consider


If you are looking to transform your kitchen from conventional to eye-catching, then you should consider installing stone benchtops. Not only are these benchtops attractive, but they are also highly functional and durable too. It should be noted though that there are a variety of stone benchtops in the market that you could choose from. Here are some of the popular options that you could consider depending on your individual tastes and needs. 

Marble stone benchtops

If you are looking to add a touch of style and sophistication to your kitchen, marble benchtops would be your best bet. They are glossy, which makes them reflect light and make your kitchen appear brighter than usual. If you would prefer neutral tones in your kitchen, you could consider travertine marble. It should be noted though that despite its high-end design, marble tends to be highly porous. As such, it is recommended to ensure that your marble benchtops have been sufficiently sealed before they can be used. This will prevent unnecessary staining to occur that would affect the overall appearance of the marble. 

Granite stone benchtops

If you are looking for stone benchtops that come in an array of colours and textures, then granite would be an ideal choice. You will find a myriad of types to choose from ranging from mottled granite to deep Zimbabwe granite. Granite benchtops are also much denser than marble and thus are capable of withstanding high impact without easily scratching or chipping. However just like marble, granite benchtops are highly porous. They would also require sealing to keep them from absorbing unnecessary stains from foods and beverages in the kitchen. 

Engineered stone benchtops

These types of benchtops are manufactured by mixing natural stone with other compounds such as resins and colouring agents. Some manufacturers may also incorporate glass and various other aggregates to give the engineered stone a unique appearance. One of the greatest selling points of engineered stone is that it gives you the chance to opt for a uniform look in your kitchen. With marble and granite, you cannot dictate the appearance of the stone since it is naturally occurring. Engineered stone benchtops, on the other hand, are cut from moulds, so you could have matching benchtops in the kitchen and wherever else you would like to install them in the home. It should be noted though that although engineered stone tends to be more stain resistant than other forms of natural stone, it will still require sealing to keep its pristine appearance. 


23 May 2016

Questions to Ask Before Hiring Remodeling Contractors and Other Tips

Remodeling your home can be stressful, but it can and should be exciting and fun as well. The right remodeling contractor helps significantly to reduce the stress in your project and boost the fun factor. However, to find the right remodeling contractor, you need to ask the right questions. Hi, my name is Mark, and I love old homes. As a result, I end up loving remodeling. I have bought and remodeled five homes so far, and if you are thinking about diving into this type of project I want to help. This blog will cover everything, from questions to ask contractors, to tips on doing somethings on your own. Enjoy and thank you for reading.