Stone Countertops

Figuring out what to do about your countertops is one of the trickiest items on the list of things when you are carrying out a kitchen remodel or renovation. You want durability with the price effectiveness, the right colour and ease, but is it possible to have it all? Today we look at stone countertops and how you can pick and choose based on what you are after in the long run for the best kitchen renovation project.

Factors that you need to consider when looking at stone countertops could be constructed material, colour variations, price, durability, ease of maintenance, ability to withstand heat and scratch resistance to name a few.  There are also a variety of stone countertops to choose from, between natural and engineered stone countertops, they all have their merits. We have selected a ten popular kitchen countertop choices to compare them against points such as durability, easy maintenance, construction, heat endurance, scratch resistance, colour variation, and price to name a few.

  Granite Marble Quartzite Soapstone
Stone X X X X
DurabilityHigh Heat & Scratch Resistant, Resistant to ChemicalsHigh Heat Resistant, Resistant to Chemicals, Susceptible to scratchesHigh Heat & Scratch Resistant, Resistant to ChemicalsHigh Heat Resistant, Resistant to Chemicals, Susceptible to scratches
Easy Maintenance Yes No Yes No
Construction Genuine Natural Stone Genuine Natural Stone Genuine Natural Stone Genuine Natural Stone
Heat Endurance Yes   Yes Yes   Yes
Scratch Resistance Yes No Yes No
Colour Variation Yes No Yes No

 Porcelain Butcher Block Quartz Surfacing Solid Surface Laminate Tile
Stone            
Durability High Heat Resistant, Resistant to Chemicals, Susceptible to scratches Scratches easily, Heat Resistant (but can burn), Can be repaired Heat resistance (but can scorch), Scratch resistant, resistant to chemical Scratches easily, melting due to high heat,  Can be repaired Somewhat stain resistant, can scratch and scorch High Heat, Somewhat Scratch Resistant, Resistant to Chemicals
Easy

Maintenance
Yes No Yes No No Yes
Construction Engineered from Glass, Ceramics and Other Materials Solid Wood Laminated together with Adhesive Manufactured from Natural Quartz and polymer resin Manufactured from acrylic resin Manufactured from layers of plastic on particleboard Different materials
Heat Endurance Yes Yes Yes   No No Yes
Scratch Resistance No No Yes No No Yes
Colour Variation No No Yes Yes Yes Yes

Why Recessed Bathroom Fittings and Accessories are a Great Choice

Recessed bathroom fittings and accessories are also referred to as flush mounted, whereby the respective items are recessed into the surface and unexposed as opposed to surface mounting whereby the item is mounted on the surface and it protruding and exposed. Recessed bathroom fittings give off a cleaner and crisp finish where minimalism is of essence. There are many ways in which recessed bathroom fittings and accessories are done based on the item at hand. Let’s look at the different recessed bathroom fittings and accessories that you can incorporate and you will see why they are a great choice.

Recessed Bathroom Fittings and Accessories : Sinks

If you are considering recessed bathroom fittings and accessories, one of the focal elements you can transform would be the bathroom sink. Have the bathroom sink flush mounted so that clean-up is a breeze with any splashes easily trickling into the sink. Here are some bathroom sinks that have been styed as recessed bathroom fittings and accessories.  

Recessed Bathroom Fittings and Accessories: Hidden Cabinetry

if you like the concept of minimalism, hidden cabinetry such as behind the bathroom mirror, in a recessed manner is the way to go. Check out these recessed bathroom cabinetry inspirations!

Recessed Bathroom Fittings and Accessories: Alcoves

Alcoves are great for shelving that are not surfaced mounted but instead flush into the walls itself.