Countertops for Burlington Homes
you're building a new home or renovating your present one, one element that can
really transform a room is the countertop. Whether you plan to install a
new kitchen countertop
or smaller bathroom countertops, you'll want to learn as much
as you can about materials, finishes, and edges before visiting a Burlington
area stone supplier's showroom. Here is a brief guide to stone countertops.
Choosing the Stone
are several different types of stone that are popular for countertops, but the
most common are:
- Engineered Stone (Quartz)
type of stone has advantages and disadvantages. Granite is the number one
choice of many homeowners, for a number of different reasons. Granite is an
igneous rock, quarried in virtually every region of the world, and there are
thousands of types available. Granite comes in every colour of the rainbow, and
in a wide variety of patterns. Some granite is patterned lightly, and almost
monochrome, while others sport vivid jewel toned patterning and veining.
Granite is also very durable. Less porous than many other types of fine stone,
it will last for generations when properly cared for. Care involves little more
than wiping the countertop down with a damp cloth or a with mild soap and
water, accompanied by an annual resealing.
is the stone most often associated with luxury, and fine art and architecture.
Timeless structures like the Taj Mahal are renowned for their use of this
beautiful stone. With advances in the technology for quarrying and cutting
stone, marble is now an affordable option for Canadian homeowners. Marble is a
cool stone with a buttery soft appearance; a classic marble countertop is sure
to become the focal point of your kitchen. Marble is also available in many
different colours and types, from classic white with grey veining to more
exotic colourful varieties. Marble is slightly more porous than granite, so
acidic food and drink can "etch” the surface if not cleaned up promptly.
However, nothing is as innately elegant as a marble countertop.
popular choice is the engineered
stone, or quartz.
Using more than 90 per cent crushed quartz combined with small
amounts of resin and other binding agents, engineered stone is very tough and
durable, and unlike slab stone, doesn't require resealing. This stone is very
good at mimicking granite slab, and it can be difficult for an untrained eye to
tell the difference.
Finishes and Edges
are three common finishes for slab stone countertops:
- Polish. By
grinding and buffing stone, it can be brought to a high glossy shine.
- Honed. This matte finish is
created by a sanding process. Smooth and silky but not as slippery or as formal
in appearance as polished stone.
- Leathered. This finish is less
common, and gives stone a river-washed or leathered look.
Once you've selected
stone and finish, it's time to choose an edge treatment. There are many
different types of edges; some are more commonly used for traditional décor,
others have a more contemporary feel. Straight, bullnose, ogee, and bevel are
some of the most common edges.
Visit a stone supplier's showroom today and
learn more about fine stone countertops!