When you’re think about getting new countertops for a kitchen, whether it is for a home improvement project, or just for a redesign, there are a number of materials, colors, and styles to consider. Durability and cleaning and care are important factors to consider when contemplating kitchen countertops. Chaska, MN customers have a variety of options to choose from when contemplating a new kitchen design. Some of the main options regarding stone selection include granite, quartz and marble.

Choose With Strength and Beauty in Mind
When considering a purchase a customer should know the two natural stone choices. There is siliceous stone and calcareous stone. Knowing the difference between the two stones will help with cleaning and care of kitchen countertops in the future. Siliceous stone is silica. It has quartz-like particles. It is long lasting and it is easy to clean. There are four types of siliceous stone:

  • Granite
  • Slate
  • Sandstone
  • Quartzite

Calcareous stone is made of calcium carbonate. It can be more difficult to clean because it is sensitive to acidic cleaning products. Types of calcareous stone are:

  • Marble
  • Travertine
  • Limestone
  • Onyx

Of the two stones, marble and granite are the best known stones for kitchen countertops.
Both marble and granite have varying colors and different mineral compositions. Most granites and marbles can be deciphered by their stone appearance. Marble will have a vein appearance, and granites will have small flecks throughout the stone. Whether it is a marble or granite stone, each of the stones will have their own distinct appearance.

Other things to consider when contemplating your stone choices would be the finishes and color choices. Three finishes are polished, honed and flamed. Some color choices can run from Carrara White, Crema Marfil, Emperador Dark, Amarula, Atacama Black, Cosmic Blue and, Surf Green.

Choose by Wide Selection
When making a countertop purchase, consider a company with experience and that pays attention to the smallest details. Also, consider a provider that has a large showroom you can visit in person. The company should work with the customer from the beginning of the design until the final installation of the countertop.