Six Types of Natural Stone Countertops

| | Kitchen Countertops

When you start on your next home renovation project, choosing a counter can often be overlooked while planning out all the other intricate details of your new space. Many may avoid natural stone due to concerns of cost or functionality, when in reality natural stone countertops in Bloomington are a great addition to any project!

Learn more about the six types of natural stone countertops offered here at Northstar Granite Tops.

1. Granite

Granite is a very popular choice for kitchens due to its durability. It also boasts heat and shock resistance, making it ever more durable in such a highly trafficked area of your home. Each slab of granite is unique and elegant, and they only require simple maintenance and cleaning.

However, granite is a porous material, meaning that you have to watch out for materials that may stain. Clean up spills quickly to avoid leaving a permanent mark on your granite countertops. Luckily, this can also be managed by regularly applying a protective treatment to prevent stains from seeping in.

2. Marble

natural stone countertops Bloomington

Marble is one of the most common favorites in the world of natural stone countertops. With its slabs boasting warmth and timeless elegance, they are a fan favorite for many. Marble is also very durable, making it a great stone choice for counters.

However, marble is porous just as granite was. Marble is more susceptible to acidic liquids, like lemon juice or vinegar, so it is recommended to clean your counters quickly after using such ingredients to prevent long-term damage.

3. Soapstone

Soapstone counters boast a softness and smoothness unattainable by other natural stones due to the high percentage of talc in soapstone. Luckily, the percentage of talc in each slab can vary, leaving those with less talc and more hardness as perfect options for kitchen counters where durability is key!

However, it is still not recommended to cut things directly on a soapstone counter as they are the softest of those in this list. Additionally, the color palette is not as exciting as other natural stones, as the choices range from gray to black.

4. Limestone

Limestone counters are reasonably priced and easy to maintain. They range in color from beige to tan-brown, creating warmth in whatever room you choose.

However, when used for kitchen countertops, be wary of acidic solutions. If anything acidic is spilled on your limestone, it is important to clean it up with the proper cleaner quickly.

5. Travertine

Travertine counters boast rustic and rough aesthetics, but physically are like marble. Travertine, just like marble, is from the limestone family, but instead they form in thermal and limestone caves – leaving them with more earth tones in their coloration.

Compared to marble, travertine is more economical and requires less attention to maintain.

6. Onyx

Onyx is especially unique as it comes from stalactite deposits in limestone caves. As the water evaporates, it leaves calcium carbonate behind – creating streaks of colors, swirls and the unique patterns only seen in onyx.

While onyx is durable, it is also brittle, making it one of the least hardy natural stones. Onyx countertops need to be sealed every one to three years to maintain their durability. The exact time between treatments depends on factors such as the color of the stone and how often they are cleaned.

Have you decided which natural stone countertops you want for your next Bloomington home renovation project? Northstar Granite Tops can help answer any additional questions or suggest design choices to match your aesthetic. Call us at 320-963-8677 or request a free quote!