Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Natural Stone Countertops

There are many types of natural stone available for solid surface countertops, walls like shower walls, or flooring.

Granite Countertops

Granite Countertops is an a kind of real rock called igneous rock, which means it was once molten and it shaped as it cooled deep in the earth. Different minerals within granite classically emerge as small specks and flecks during the stone, creating the salt and pepper look. Other types of granite may have veining like to marble. Granite is very hard and durable, and is nearly scratchproof. It can be highly polished and shiny or finished in a range of other ways. Granite countertops are simply cleaned because of its low porosity. Granite is obtainable in a wide range of colors.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz Countertops
- Unlike granite, you never have to seal or polish quartz countertops.

Soapstone Countertops

Soapstone Countertops--Soapstone countertops in your kitchen are a natural, non-porous material, which means it won't stain and isn't precious by chemicals, acids, temperatures, etc but is darkened by mineral oil. For this reason, some pe

ople pre-trzeat soapstone with sandstone oil.


Pyrolave is enameled lava rock. This is a natural rock that has had an additional heat treatment finish applied.

Marble Countertops

Marble Countertops--an age old counter top material. Some people say it stains too simply or is too soft for a good counter top material, but others oppose.

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