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  • 9/20/2017 6:00 AM

Choosing The Best Natural Stone: Kitchen Countertops & Backsplashes

Over the next couple blog posts we are going to be discussing how you go about choosing natural stone for different aspects of your home. In this blog post we will be blogging about how to choose natural stone for your kitchen countertops and backsplashes:

Kitchen Countertops

  • Quartz Countertops
    Quartz countertops are a great choice for kitchen countertops because they are pretty maintenance free. They are also stain, scratch and heat resistant which makes them suitable to be near stoves and ovens. Quartz countertops come in wide variety of colors and patterns which makes it easy to pick the option that fits your kitchen and personality.
  • Polished Granite Countertops
    Granite countertops are at the top of the list for homeowners countertop choice. They offer a high end look and it can add value to your kitchen. Granite is a natural material and the stones pattern can vary a lot. Professionals recommend having it sealed once a year to keep up its good looks and make wiping up spills from oils, wine, and acids.
  • Marble Countertops
    The gray look of Carrara marble and Calacatta marble isn’t just nice to look at but easily disguises every day wear and tear. This stone gives a timeless appeal and its cost is comparable to some granite countertops. Staining can be a problem since marble is so porous, but regular sealing and excellent care can prevent a lot of wear and tear.
  • Soapstone Countertops
    Soapstone countertops are very resistant to stains and bacteria making it appealing for kitchen countertops. Its colors vary from light to dark gray with subtle veining. This stone doesn’t require yearly sealing but it’s recommended to apply an oil to hide any scratches that can develop overtime.
  • Travertine Countertops
    This stone gives your kitchen and older look. It is a more high maintenance stone since it tends to trap food, liquids and bacteria, but it is extremely aesthetically pleasing and gives your kitchen a warm and inviting feel.

Kitchen Backsplashes

Using natural stone for your backsplash gives it a universal look. If you want to keep the resale value of your home in mind, then natural stone in your kitchen is the way to go. The beauty of natural stone is timeless and varies so, you won’t ever have to worry about it looking exactly like your next door neighbors. Natural stone also doesn’t cost a fortune to put in your home and most styles will run between $4 and $8 per square foot depending on the stone.

Here are a couple natural stones that will look great as your kitchen backsplash:

  • Quartzite Sandstone Backsplash
    This stone gives your backsplash a rustic, tiled look. It comes in pieces that are applied just like tile and makes it a viable option for your kitchen.
  • Honed Marble Backsplash  
    This is an option if you want a dramatic contrast with black backsplashes and white countertops. This marble has a white veining which distinguishes it between granite and marble.
  • Stacked Stone Backsplash
    Stacked stone is one of the most durable backsplashes. Under cabinet lighting will make your stacked stone backsplash bounce off the wall. Using it in your kitchen first can let you see how versatile the this stone is.

Are you curious on how these stones might look in your kitchen? Head on over to our visualizer to get a feel for the exact look of the stone.

If you are looking to give your kitchen a face-lift, contact us at GMS Werks and we would love to help you get the kitchen of your dreams!

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