Should You Install Limestone, Granite, Or Quartz Kitchen Countertops?

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Are you having new kitchen countertops installed in your home? Stone countertops are popular because they are durable and look nice. However, with numerous stone options available, how do you know which type of stone to choose? Learn more about limestone, granite, and quartz countertops so that you can decide which option is right for you.

Limestone

Limestone countertops have a natural appearance. The sandy shade of the stone complements stainless steel appliances and cookware, making it a favorite for many people. It is naturally cool, so it's a good option for people who like to bake — limestone countertops are ideal for rolling pastry dough and cooling fresh-baked goods naturally. Like marble or travertine, limestone is soft, so it is easier to scratch than granite. However, it is resistant to heat and stains. Also, because limestone is a natural stone, no two countertops are the same. Keep in mind, limestone countertops are subject to etching — a reaction to acid in several household cleaning products. This can be avoided by using household cleaners designed to clean limestone.

Granite

Granite countertops are ideal for busy kitchens. They aren't susceptible to scratches, stains, or heat. In fact, you can sit a hot pan on a granite countertop without any problems. However, granite countertops are more expensive than some of the other stone countertops. Granite is heavy, so it often requires additional support before installation. Because the process is more intense, the labor costs can run up to three times more than the cost of the granite. However, granite countertops last a long time and they are easy to care for — you can wash them with warm, soapy water. So, if you have a little more money to spend and want kitchen countertops that are durable and easy to maintain, granite is a great option. Keep in mind, granite countertops do need to be sealed periodically to maintain their appearance.

Quartz

Unlike granite and limestone, quartz is nonporous. Therefore, quartz countertops don't need to be waxed or sealed. It is also resistant to acids, scratches, and stains. However, quartz can be costly — mid-range granite countertops are cheaper than mid-range quartz countertops, but high-end granite is more costly. Also, areas of a quartz countertop that are exposed to harsh sunlight can become discolored.

Ultimately, the type of countertop you install is your decision. If you enjoy baking and like a natural appearance, limestone is a great option. However, if you aren't on a tight budget and want a countertop that's easy to maintain, quartz and granite are better options. Contact a company like Small's Sand Gravel Inc for more information.

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