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Dec 16

Stockett Staff

Top 5 Natural Stone Countertop Options

by Stockett Staff

Top 5 Natural Stone Countertop Options

Learn what types of natural stone countertops are available for your kitchen.

Natural stone is a popular countertop material for homeowners in Scottsdale and Phoenix because it is attractive, durable, and increases your home’s value and appeal. From soapstone to marble, there are many different types of natural stone countertop materials to choose from, but not all of them are created equal. Here are the top 5 natural stone countertop options.

  1. Polished Granite

Polished granite countertops are the top choice among homeowners. Granite is among the most elegant and durable types of natural stone for countertops. Granite is a long-lasting material that adds natural beauty and luxury to your home. Granite is strong enough to withstand years of wear and tear. It also resists high temperatures without burning, cracking, or becoming discolored. Granite provides a durable surface that is ideal for food preparation. However, it’s important to clean spills up quickly and seal your granite countertops periodically to ensure that they continue to look their very best.

  1. Honed Granite

Honed granite is similar to polished granite, but it has a soft and matte finish rather than a shiny and glossy surface. Like polished granite, honed granite is highly resistant to scratching, cracking, chipping, and heat. 

  1. Marble

Marble is a prized countertop material that is popular mainly due to its beauty. Marble countertops offer a decidedly high-end look and timeless appeal. The downside of marble countertops is that they are porous, which means that staining can be a problem. You can prevent damage to your marble countertops by sealing them on a regular basis. It’s also important to be very careful with acidic substances around marble countertops because they can cause etching. The calcite in marble is what makes it sensitive to acids, like vinegar, citric juices, and household cleaners.

  1. Soapstone

Soapstone countertops are known for their durability, aesthetic value, and density. Soapstone doesn’t need to be sealed annually like other types of natural stone. However, you can apply mineral oil to soapstone to disguise scratches and deepen its color. Soapstone is a soft stone with a smooth texture and a natural gray color, ranging in tone from light to dark. It may have subtle light gray or white veining. Soapstone is highly resistant to stains and bacteria. Soapstone countertops aren’t susceptible to damage by hot pots, citrus, wine, and household cleaners like other types of natural stone and its cost is comparable to that of other natural stone countertops.

  1. Quartz

Quartz is one of the hardest surfaces on earth, so it makes a great countertop material. Quartz countertops have a non-porous surface and are scratch-resistant. Quartz countertops are also very eye-catching and come in an array of colors, including brown, black, and cream. Quartz slabs are engineered in a factory. They are made with ground quartz and combined with polyester resins, which bind the quartz, and pigments, which give the slab color. Sometimes, recycled glass or metallic flecks are added to the slabs to enhance their appearance.

Need Natural Stone Countertops in Scottsdale?

Stockett Tile & Granite offers granite countertops in Scottsdale and Phoenix as well as other natural stone countertops. Call 623.344.8400 or fill out our online contact form to discuss your project!