Investing in stone countertops has become
one of the best ways to improve eloquence and equity in one pretty-to-look-at
home improvement project. If it's feasible, Waterloo homeowners have a lot to
gain by looking into granite
and marble slabs. However, it's only a worth-while undertaking if it's done the
proper way. Nobody wants to pay the required premium for anything less than a
brilliantly finished stone that compliments its room. Many things must be taken
into consideration when deciding what stone is right for you and your specific
project. Here's an opportunity to learn some of the subtleties of choosing the
right stone for the right project.
One of the major drawbacks of opting for a cheaper quality stone is the
potential of it chipping or cracking during the installation process. This of
course is a long-term concern as well. Particularly for kitchen countertops,
household hazards like acidic liquids, sharp objects, or cracks can become
major issues. Without proper cleaning, no stone will remain unblemished when
faced with acidity, but poor quality, pitted stones may require extra care. Even
with frequent seal jobs, lesser quality stones with less density are more prone
to scratches or chips. Lower quality stones have more pits. They can be felt by
hand, and it's worth selecting a stone with as little pitting as possible.
Sometimes cheaper stone comes with hairline fractures disguised in the vein patterns.
Unlike granite, marble
is a naturally softer stone, so while the quality may be better, it's important
to know that it is less dense, and therefore less durable. Be sure the stone
passes the hand and eye tests before committing to it.
The size of the room in which you will be installing the stone has weight in
the discussion of what colour works best for it. Darker countertop options tend
to make the room or surrounding area appear smaller. A small area may be best
complemented by a lighter or softer coloured stone. Countertops can sometimes
be the centrepiece of a kitchen or room, so it's important to keep in mind that
it should gel with what's around it. Other concerns are the floor and wall colours,
how well lit the room or area is, and how the colour looks in comparison to the
kitchenware, among others. Whether you have the intention of remaining in your
Waterloo home for the long haul, it must be remembered that investing in stone
countertops is equitable. Does your preferred colour have a particular aspect
that only you would enjoy or is it a conservative finish that potential buyers
in the future may also like?
Granite's benefit is durability. Although the finish is typically uniform
and it doesn't offer the wide variety of patterns like marble does, granite has
some selection. However, if the softer, unique rippled or veined patterns are
what you prefer, then marble is likely the stone that best suits your project.
Marble isn't as reliable, and requires more care than granite, but it may be
easier to find a slab that complements your area.
When you're going to make a healthy financial investment into a defining
interior piece that will be frequently used, it is important to choose wisely.
Find the right granite and marble slabs for your Waterloo home.