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Natural Stone Countertop FAQ's

Natural stone countertops are extremely durable and can be used for both indoor and outdoor installations.

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Modern kitchen island in Mont Lucia quartzite with mitered waterfall edges. Kitchen design by Messer Design+Construction

What are the different types of natural stone?

There are several types of material that can be used for natural stone countertops – granite, quartzite, marble and soapstone. Of the four, soapstone is the most dense and marble the least dense.

Which natural stone is the most durable?

Soapstone is the densest and most durable of the natural stones. It is completely nonporous, bacterial resistant and non-reactive.  Soapstone is chemically inert so it is most often used for the tops in chemistry and biology labs.

How long will natural countertops last?

Natural stone countertops will last a lifetime with proper care. However, because they are so dense and strong they do not give so if something heavy is dropped on them they can be chipped or broken.

Does granite stain easily?

Granite is almost completely non-porous and does not readily absorb liquids.  If any liquid is left on a granite top it can absorb into the stone and leave a dark spot. The spot should slowly disappear as the liquid begins to evaporate. To reduce the risk of stains developing from liquids it is recommended that granite countertops are sealed annually. Look for a sealer that is waterproof and nontoxic, especially if the tops are used in food preparation. For more information on maintaining granite countertops click here.

Can heat damage natural stone countertops?

Granite and natural stone are highly resistant to heat and should not be damaged by hot pans. However, we never recommend placing hot items directly onto cold countertops as the thermal shock could damage the pan. If the hot pan is made of glass, it could even shatter. Its good practice to always use a trivet or potholder.

Can I use marble for kitchen countertops?

Marble is the softest of the natural stones, and one of the most beautiful. Marble can be used for any surface application including the kitchen as long as the homeowner is given proper instructions for its care. It is recommended that marble countertops be re-sealed every 6 months to a year. For more information on maintaining marble countertops click here.

Do natural stone countertops hold bacteria?

Bacteria is everywhere, from the air we breathe to the water we drink. It lives on any surface, whether its granite, laminate, quartz or solid surface. Cleaning your natural surface tops regularly with a gentle, antibacterial soap will guard against the build up of bacteria.

Want to know more? Here’s a great article by Consumer Reports or give us a call, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have!

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