When you invite family members or friends into your house, it’s only courteous to offer them a drink. Offer hot coffee or tea on a cold day or a refreshing glass of iced tea or spring water on a hot summer’s day.
As your guests follow you into your kitchen, the first thing they lay their eyes on is your countertop. They won’t notice if your refrigerator has a computer screen with an internet connection or if your stove includes a convection oven. The focal point of their view will be your countertop. Countertops come in all shapes, sizes, colors, materials, and durability. Each countertop has its good points and its bad points. So which one is right for you?
Marble is a popular option for countertops. The igneous stone is beautiful and elegant and comes in a variety of colors. You can choose the typical white or black, but marble also comes in rose, yellow, green, and gray. Since no two slabs of marble are alike, your countertop will be unique. Marble stands up well to hot pots and pans. It’s also a popular choice for fireplaces since the occasional spark won’t mar it.
With its artistic appearance and uniqueness, marble is a beautiful choice for a countertop. When choosing a marble countertop, a customer needs to keep a few things in mind. Firstly, marble is porous. That means that it may absorb liquids, which can cause staining, but with a few simple precautions, your marble countertop will be beautiful for years. First of all, be sure to seal your marble countertops when installed and every few years after that. It’s also a good idea to wipe up spills immediately and even place a napkin or coaster under a “sweaty” drink. Another thing to keep in mind is that marble can chip or crack. Sharp knives can cut into marble, and a heavy mug or pot can even chip off a corner. Always use a cutting board on beneath any food you’re cutting and try to avoid dropping objects onto the counter.
Another option is granite. Granite has a rich beauty all its own and comes in many shades to compliment your kitchen. Granite doesn’t scratch easily, but it will surely dull your knife. Granite stands up well to normal wear and tear, as well as heat, and, when sealed properly, it’s stain resistant and won’t absorb liquids. Granite countertops may be beautiful, but they need to be sealed properly. Depending on circumstances, this could be as often as once a year. Granite is porous, so if it isn’t sealed properly, liquids could leave a permanent stain.
Ceramic tiles are another choice in the kitchen. Ceramic countertops have an elegant look all their own, and they come in almost any color you can imagine. A ceramic countertop can be basic, but if your installer is somewhat artistic, he can create a beautiful pattern to compliment your room. While ceramic countertops can be inexpensive, one problem is that the tiles can crack. Broken tiles can’t be repaired; they must be replaced. Due to the variance in colors, it’s a good idea to reserve some of the leftover tiles from the original job so that the color will match.
CONTACT THE COUNTERTOP EXPERTS
So which countertop is right for you? The decision can be tough, but the experts at Cornerstone Granite and Tile can help! With fifty years of experience under our belt, we can help you choose the right countertop for your kitchen and then install it.
In Washington state, we happily serve the people of Spokane, Spokane Valley, and Deer Park. In Idaho, we cater to customers in Coeur D’Alene, Hayden, Post Falls, Sandpoint, and Rathdrum.
Give us a call today to see what we can do for you!