Countertop Shopper’s Guide
The purchase of granite, marble, or quartz countertops is an investment in your home that will last a lifetime. As with any investment, research is an important first step. We here at Jacksonville Granite thought it would be helpful to put together a Shopper’s guide to help educate you on the process of stone countertop fabrication, installation, and maintenance as well as a few considerations to help you in selecting a material.
Granite is a natural stone and the most popular choice for countertops. Granite comes in a myriad of colors and patterns so you are sure to find one that suites your décor. This natural stone ranks 7 out of 10 on the mohs scale of hardness (A Diamond ranks 10) and is nearly unscratchable. Granite is also extremely heat resistant and will not be harmed by hot pans. Your granite countertops will need to be sealed to protect against staining. Sealers have come a long way in the recent years, are easy to apply and can last for up to 20 years. Overall, granite is a great low maintenance and durable option for your countertops with unmatched natural beauty.
Soapstone is a natural stone normally found with a very soft polish and attractive look. This stone is impenetrable and therefore cannot be stained making it a great choice for countertops. Soapstone needs no sealer. In fact you cannot seal it because of its non-porous nature. Some people will apply oil to the surface to enhance the color of the stone. Soapstone is softer than granite and therefore easier to scratch. Light scratches are easily repaired with 220 grit sandpaper. Overall, soapstone makes for a great countertop due to its beauty and non-porous nature.