Kitchens are called the heart of a home for a reason. So much activity and family bonding goes on in there, and on any given night, you can expect to cook, eat, and entertain in this room.
If the kitchen is the central focus of the home, the countertop is the central focus of the kitchen—and that makes it ultra-important.
Making decisions about your countertop isn’t easy, either. First of all, there are tons of quality countertops stone types to choose from. At Affordable Quality Marble & Granite, we offer granite, marble, quartz, and porcelain in beautiful designs, patterns, and colorations. Any one of these selections would bring life to your kitchen.
But it’s about choosing the stone that speaks to you on the deepest level, the one that you want to look at every day when you come home from work and feed your family. We believe that any of these countertop stone types is a great asset for your kitchen, so let us go into detail about the choices that you have when you work with us.
Porcelain is an engineered stone that is known for its wide variety of bold designs and colorations. It’s also an incredibly durable choice. So, if you’re on the hunt for a unique look for your kitchen and you don’t want to put much work into its maintenance, consider porcelain.
Porcelain is incredibly resistant to heat and stains. It has no problem handling the everyday wear and tear of a bustling household, and it’s also extremely easy to take care of. If you don’t have the time for specialized countertop care, you’ll be glad to know that all you have to do for porcelain is wipe it down with soap, water, and a soft cloth.
Granite is yet another durable choice, and it falls into the natural stone category. This stone is sourced from the earth and adorned with colorations and patterns created from Mother Nature herself. Granite slabs are known for their striking looks, and they add depth and fashionable flair to modern kitchens.
Granite countertops are very heat resistant—and scratch resistant too. Since they’re a natural stone, they need to be sealed periodically to keep them tough against liquid damage and stains, but the routine is simple and quick. Talk to us to learn more about the sealing routine for your natural stone choices.
Much like porcelain, the cleaning process for granite is also delightfully simple. Soap, water, and a soft cloth will do the trick.
Marble is a breathtaking natural stone that’s known for the way it brightens up a room and takes advantage of natural light. Marble has a way of making your kitchen shine; its unique veining patterns and designs are worth the slightly higher degree of maintenance.
Marble takes a bit more care because it’s a softer natural stone than granite, which means that it’s more susceptible to damage. It doesn’t react well to acids, and spills must be cleaned up right away to avoid staining.
Much like granite, marble must be sealed. If marble is something you’re interested in, we can tell you all about how easy the sealing process is.
Quartz, like porcelain, is an engineered stone. It’s incredibly durable, but it must be noted that quartz does not have the same heat resistance that porcelain does—so using a hot pad or trivet with hot kitchen items is always your best bet.
Like porcelain, quartz is nonporous and doesn’t need to be sealed. This is an advantage for busy families who aren’t interested in taking extra countertop steps, and you’ll be glad to know that quartz asks for next to nothing. It looks great, lasts forever, and holds up well, while only requiring a small bit of upkeep and care.
Our Countertop Selection
At Affordable Quality Marble & Granite, we offer only the highest quality slabs of granite, marble, quartz, and porcelain. Stop in and see us, or get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation!