Of the many options to choose from, natural stone is often considered one of the best natural countertop materials available and it’s easy to see why. Natural stone offers incredible durability, amazing aesthetics and design and, with the proper care, it is known to last for many years. However, for many homeowners, there are a lot of unanswered questions about this popular countertop choice.
At Firenze International, we are your natural stone experts. With over 100 years of experience working in the natural stone industry, our team understands the different natural stone materials, the benefits they offer and we are happy to help answer all of your questions and concerns. Below, we go over some of the most frequently asked questions regarding natural stone countertops!
What are the most popular natural stones used for countertops?
There are many different types of natural stone that are commonly used as kitchen and bathroom countertops. Of all the natural stones, granite, marble, quartzite, limestone, soapstone and slate are the most popular. Of these, granite, marble and quartzite are most commonly used and are what we supply here at Firenze International.
How thick does a countertop need to be?
Another question we frequently get asked is how thick should stone countertops generally be. On average, natural stone countertops are usually two to three centimeters thick. However, this measurement can change depending on the material and finish of your countertops. Thicker countertops are usually more durable, and in turn, come with a more expensive price. So while countertops should be at least two centimeters in thickness, it’s ultimately up to your desired style, material and price!
Is quartz considered a natural stone?
Quartz is highly correlated with natural stone due to its similar look, which makes many homeowners think that quartz is actually a natural stone countertop material. However, in the countertop world, quartz is considered a man-made material, as it is technically a mineral that is found in other natural stone materials. However, quartz does possess many qualities similar to natural stone as it is made up of 90% natural materials. Oftentimes, quartz looks and feels so much like stone that you will never know the difference!
In terms of maintenance, quartz requires much less attention compared to other more delicate natural stones such as granite and marble. However, in terms of value, granite and marble will improve your home’s value much more than quartz will.
Why do natural stone countertops require sealing?
It’s fairly well known that sealing is a crucial part of maintaining natural stone countertops. However, you may be wondering why that is. In some cases, you may not need to! Many granite countertops nowadays don’t necessarily need to be sealed. However, it is still highly recommended that you consider it. Sealing your countertops will protect them from spills and stains, and it will ultimately prolong the life of your countertops! Materials like quartzite and marble are more porous than granite and should certainly be sealed once installed. Overall, sealing your countertops will help protect and extend the life of your investment!
Is there a lot of required maintenance?
Lastly, we get a lot of questions regarding the maintenance that is required for natural stone. On top of regular sealing, regular cleaning is pretty much the only other thing needed in order to keep your natural stone surfaces looking and performing as they should.
Buying new countertops can be stressful, but that is why buying from a natural stone wholesaler can be so beneficial. By knowing the answers to these questions, you now can be more well-informed when deciding what kind of natural stone countertops you want to install in your home!
At Firenze International, our team is here to help you in finding the quality natural stone slabs you are looking for. Give us a call today to learn more about our products!