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Should You Get Stone Counter Tops?

If it is time for a Grifon kitchen remodel, you might be thinking about upgrading your counter tops to stone instead of laminate.  If that is the case, you may want to look at the different benefits and costs associated with each type of stone.

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GRANITE COUNTER TOPS

If you are already considering granite countertops for your kitchen then you probably already know that granite offers a strength and rich beauty that many other countertop materials cannot stack up against.  Visually, of course, granite is stunning, which helps to explain why it has been such a popular counter top choice.  You can find it in nearly all shades and every piece—even pieces of the same shade, color, and cut—are unique.  Granite is also available in different polishes—from shiny to dark—as well as a matte finishes which softer and more blended in tone.

But granite is also popular because you can find it in different grades. That means that every consumer at nearly all price points can likely find a way to put a granite countertop in their home improvement budget.  Of course, some styles are exotic and thus are very rare and, therefore, more attractive.

CONCRETE COUNTER TOPS

While granite provides a natural stone look and feel, concrete counter tops provide a similar impression, but with more uniformity.  Because you have to pour it every time you make it (as opposed to cutting and rearranging), concrete counter tops can be customized in almost any configuration, size, shape, and color that you want.  Concrete can also be available in a wide variety of finishes to suit your preference.

At the same time, though, concrete is a little more brittle and is more vulnerable to extreme temperature shifts. This puts it at a greater risk for warping and curling.  Also, concrete can also be more vulnerable to moisture, which causes some etching and discoloration.

OTHER NATURAL STONE COUNTER TOPS

In addition, some counter tops can also be available in other natural stones. This might include the likes of marble, limestone, and soapstone.  Many of these stones are softer than granite and, as such, generally require a little more care and consideration.  Also, because they are a little more delicate they require more periodic treatment with a moisture seal.

Some stone counter tops are engineered with more or less natural components. There are different benefits to each of these different ratios, making them more or less difficult to maintain depending on the content.  Still, engineered counter tops can have the same look as granite but cost significantly less.