Countertop Materials, Part 1
At Niron Depot in Aurora, we know that choosing the right countertops for your home can be daunting with so many options out there. As trusted experts on countertops, we want to help you find the best countertops for your needs and your budget, and give you a product you’ll be happy with for a long time. To save you from the perils of butcher block counters—or even worse, laminate counters—here are a few of the top choices for beautiful, practical, and long-lasting countertops in your home.
Granite countertops are a classic, beautiful option for your kitchen. Each slab of granite is composed of a mix of igneous rock with unique banding and patterns, so your granite countertops will always be one-of-a-kind, and you’ll have a lot of design options to choose from. However, granite countertops are a bit pricey, and require frequent maintenance to prevent stains and protect luster. If you’re willing to put in the work to maintain your granite countertops, you’ll have eye-catching, timeless counters for years to come.
Marble is considered a white-label option for kitchen or bathroom countertops, which can instantly add a luxury feel to your home. Composed of metamorphic rock like dolomite or calcite, marble is usually identified by its beautiful luster, diverse spectrum of colors, and high-contrast veining that can fit in classic and modern spaces. Practically speaking, marble is extremely resistant to heat and stains when properly maintained and finished (marble countertops should be resealed once per year), but without proper care, marble is susceptible to chips, bruises, and stains from oils and acidic food items. If you’re up for the relatively simple maintenance, and crave luxury and unrivaled beauty, you need marble countertops in your home.
Onyx is the pinnacle of high-end, modern countertops for kitchens and bathrooms. It has the most striking appearance of any countertop on the market, and due to its lack of availability and use in homes, could be the piece you need to set your home apart from the pack. Onyx is the softest and most stainable of mainstream countertop choices, but a simple maintenance routine will keep your onyx countertops brilliant and stain resistant.
For those who desire a more natural look in the home, a matte finish travertine is the perfect option. Formed from hot springs mineral deposits and limestone caves, travertine comes in a variety of colors, and has a grainy, fibrous appearance. While the look of travertine is similar to that of marble, it’s much more affordable, versatile, and eco-friendly, making it an excellent option for those who want the striking look without the striking price tag.
Limestone is a beautiful, yet practical countertop choice for high-traffic areas, like a chef’s kitchen. It’s durable, extremely resistant to heat, and looks great paired with stainless steel appliances. Limestone is a sedimentary rock, so each slab of your limestone contains a diverse mix of colorful sedimentary deposits, plant remnants, and animal fossils that have been eroded, deposited, and compacted over hundreds, if not thousands of years. For countertops that take a beating and retain their beauty, choose limestone for your home.
No matter your needs or budget, Niron Depot in Aurora is dedicated to providing you with top-quality countertops, as well as cabinets, flooring, and hardware. Contact us with any questions, and stay tuned for part two of our countertop blog series!