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Why Choose Natural Stone for Your Countertops

When building a home or remodeling the kitchen, selecting countertops is an essential part of the process. Despite the benefits of trendy, modern countertops, there are still many good reasons to choose a material that never goes out of style: natural stone. Natural stone countertops offer a variety of aesthetic and practical benefits.

When you choose natural stone countertops for your home, you are selecting a material that will last and remain in-demand for decades. Granite, marble, quartzite, and other types of stone transform any room and create a stunning focal point. Here are some of the many benefits of incorporating natural stone into your space.

Aesthetics

Natural stone’s broad range of colors and patterns are visually gripping and nearly impossible to replicate. Because it adds a luxurious flair, natural stone can increase the marketability and value of your home at resale. If you’re investing money in a remodel, buyers tend to focus on kitchens and bathrooms the most, and a simple upgrade to stone countertops can give you a favorable return. Find the perfect countertop for your home and budget at Stylish Carpets, as our selection includes hundreds of stone types and colors like polished & leathered finishes and 2cm & 3cm thicknesses.

Durability

There aren’t many countertop options that can last longer than your home, but when maintained properly, stones like granite and travertine can deliver on this promise. They are incredibly durable, require minimal maintenance, and can withstand the spills and accidents that often accompany everyday living. Natural stone countertops can meet the demands of the busiest kitchen without showing signs of wear. Hot cups of coffee, spilled wine, and even slicing knives rarely damage granite, marble, or soapstone.

Versatility

Along with natural stone being aesthetically unique, the variety in selection allows for limitless design possibilities. We carry hundreds of options in light, dark, neutral, and bold stone colors. Also, each slab of stone is cut specifically for your counters, so you can incorporate them into any design you desire. Whether you want a kitchen island that is shaped like a T or a round vanity in your closet, Stylish Carpets can cut your slab of stone to order. With natural stone, you truly have the flexibility and versatility to design the countertops of your dreams.

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Natural Stone Countertop Maintenance

If you want to enjoy the full benefit of having natural stone countertops, it is important to care for your stone properly. In order to enjoy the maximum lifespan and keep your countertops looking great, it is important to seal your stone at least once a year, depending on the type of stone. Thankfully, you don’t need to worry about refinishing, sanding, or repairing the stone as long as you follow some basic care instructions.

Routine Care

Natural stone countertops should be cleaned with pH neutral cleaners specifically designed for stone. Acids will eventually damage many varieties of stone, even something like a light solution of vinegar and water. Be careful with common foods and drinks that contain acids that may etch or dull the stone’s surface. Even contact with certain liquids like dish soap or cleaner could create a filmy buildup and even discoloration.

Sealing

Most natural stone is porous, which means it can absorb staining agents in spilled liquids, dropped food, and other substances. To provide maximum stain protection, sealing is strongly recommended for all stone countertops, especially newly installed marble, granite, and limestone. Be aware that sealing will not eliminate staining. Any spills should be wiped off immediately to prevent stains from settling into the stone. We recommend you reapply sealers specifically made for natural stone at least once a year.

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