What is the best stone for the kitchen? This is the question many of you ask when deciding on furnishing your kitchen. One of the possibilities are natural stones. They can give your kitchen classy touch and allure which some say may not be comparable with engineered stones. Texture, depth and colors of natural stones are truly unique and can really set your kitchen off. How to effectively use these qualities in furnishing your kitchen? The answer is to carefully consider your needs and find material with suitable features.
The best stone for the kitchen – important factors
Deciding on the best stone for the kitchen with so wide range of products available on the market paradoxically is not an easy task. As with engineered stones and surfaces there are many factors you need to take into account. First of all kitchen is most often a vital part of your living space, full of everyday activities. Therefore, it’s not only aesthetics that matters but also factors such as durability of the material used, its usefulness (think of all the spots and stains that need to be cleaned, of all the possible impacts that may affect the surface, of all the possible activities etc.) design which suits all your practical needs, the possibility of fabrication, installation and finally cost. Every kitchen is different, so there is no way to find the best stone for the kitchen fit for all.
The best stone for the kitchen – materials
The best stone for kitchen countertops considering the natural stones are: granite, marble and soapstone. They all have different features so it’s really important to carefully think over what suits our needs best. Granite is a rock formed from magma, densely grained and very hard. It can be polished in a variety of ways. It’s known for its unique color – each slab is different and its high durability – it’s almost impossible to scratch. Therefore, it’s a lifetime investment. However, you need to be careful with liquids, if they are not removed immediately stains may be left. Marble is a metamorphic rock, the name derives from Greek and means to sparkle. It guarantees the timeless elegance with its unique color and veining. In contrast to granite marble is a softer material which can be scratched. Soapstone is made of mineral talc. Its name derives from the smooth surface, in touch similar to soap. It emanates certain warmth hence it’s often used in traditional interiors. It is hardly resistant to all kind of stains and bacteria. It’s also non porous so it doesn’t absorb liquids. The color range is however limited, from white to dark shades. These are just a few distinct features of the most popular best stone for the kitchen worktops.
With regards to price natural stones described here are not by definition more expensive then engineered materials. It all depends on variety of factors, starting from customizing the project, ordering material, fabrication, delivery etc. Certainly it’s an option worth considering.
Let’s say you have ordered a granite worktop for your kitchen. The product you received is of the best possible quality, you have invested a lot of money in this extremely durable and immensely beautiful element of the interior décor (and a necessary one too, as you cannot imagine a kitchen without a worktop, right?). But did you ever wonder how your worktop was made and what is left after the manufacturing process is complete?
Making a marble or granite worktop is not easy and it demands a lot of skill and experience in stonemasonry and industry equipment use. When the experts from the worktop company finish their work, which involves cutting, grinding and polishing huge and heavy slabs of natural stone to fit the material of your choice in your kitchen, their workstations are full of offcuts which are then transported to the warehouse. Why, you may ask? Because marble and granite are very expensive materials and simply throwing the stone offcuts or using them for a simple construction work (for example as an element of a building’s foundation) would be a waste of the properties and looks of those resources. That is why stonemason companies store offcuts instead of getting rid of them – to give their clients yet another superb decorative material for a fraction of a pracie of a whole granite or marble slab of stone.
If you are satisfied with your worktop, you might be also interested in using a similar material for window sills, wall decorations or any other idea you have in mind. That’s where utilizing offcuts come in handy, as you may simply ask the company which prepared your worktop to create other elements of the interior design out of the leftovers of the same material! This way, you can create a wholly coherent space for a fair price – prices of marble and granite offcuts are very low (especially if you compare them to the price of a whole slab of stone used for a kitchen worktop), while the properties, durability and beauty stays the same. These characteristics make offcuts the best solution for cheap, yet wonderful home décor for every house – no matter what design you have chosen for your home, a stone decorative element will surely find its place in the interior.
A stone product which is used within any interior, is a perfect element that joins every interior. It is a beautiful, key product that easily can be found in the entire house.
For example, we can find the same colour of a stone in either floors, decorations, fireplaces, claddings, utilities, windowsills or worktops etc. This is surely their biggest attribute, as they can be made to suit literally any place. The choices are limitless, and as a customer, you choose where to place them and what they should look like. The job may also be left to the professional designer or an architect, they will perform their tasks according to the customer. However, bear in mind that apart from the undoubting decorative function, the stone settled in interiors should also have other functions such as working use.
Most of all, the smooth and even/polished surfaced stone is used in many interiors. The rough surfaces are not recommended due to their uneven structure, thus being troublesome when in use. Amongst the uneven surfaces however, the matted ones are amongst the most popular natural surfaces. Despite of their slight uneven area, they are still somewhat smooth, harmless seen as it isn’t sharp, therefore neither damage your clothing, but most importantly it is very easy to clean and maintain it. The interiors are always decorated with many different materials, such as limestone, soft alabaster, with medium tenderness marble or much harder granite or quartz.
Stone worktops makes your kitchen unique and increse property value.
A kitchen is a place where worktops are a subject to many external factors. It is a place, where despite of the overall look, the worktops is increasingly exploited and must be resistant to damages and impacts, both minor and major. From mechanical damages to liquids, acids, detergents, oils and tempereatures. The main role of the manufacturer of such worktops is to allow the customer understand that worktops do not only serve a decorative role, they should be used also, without fear of damaging them.
Though that at the same time every user of stone worktops should be aware that the long lasting beauty depends highly on how you approach them in terms of maintenance. This includes the realisations that some things will have a big impact upon them, for example: An oil splashed from the pan, spilt ketchup, mayo and mustard, vinegar, acids even as weak as the citric acid, even sparkling water may to some extent be of some damage. This is something that any worktop must be resistant to if they have to be always aesthetic and should be pleasing every eye of both, householders and visitors. Therefore because of this, some materials are completely useless when used for worktops. We definitely have to ignore all limestone – marble, alabaster and travertine. Indeed, some customers may request this regardless, but the choice, as already mentioned, remains to you.
A question often asked is – what of the chemicals? And all of the detergents that prevent damage and strengthen the surface of the stone worktops? They the PZH certificates and approvals! – Indeed, but has anyone ever seen a chemical detergent for stone, which could have a PZH certificate for a direct contact with food? I highly doubt it, and the certificate we are mentioning here is the approval given by the department of Food research. Therefore the only detergent which may be used for safety and later preservation of the natural stone worktops is – beeswax. It is great for dealing with younger and less stable granites.