How to Talk About Countertops: Part Three
If you’ve been following our blog, you’ll notice that we’ve had a series about countertop jargon. When you’re planning your bath or kitchen remodel, you’ll have to make some decisions when it comes to the countertop, and you’ll be ahead of the game if you understand some of the terms that folks in the industry will use. Read on for part three!
When we’re talking countertops, inevitably we’re going to have to talk sealants. There are a couple of different types of sealant for countertops. Some are used along slab seams, but many sealants refer to the coating that goes on the surface of the countertop. The sealant helps keep liquids from absorbing into the stone and can also discourage staining. For some stones, sealants need to be reapplied every couple of years.
The bevel is a sloped or slanted edge. Bevels can be large or small and can be added to soften a hard edge or create an interesting detail to the counter.
This refers to the act of applying sealants below the stone’s surface. As we mentioned before, sealants are an essential part of stone countertop care and maintenance.
Texture refers to the way a stone looks and feels. The finish has a significant role in the final texture of the countertop, but the physical mineral composition has a visual effect that shows off the different elements that make up a piece of granite or marble.
If you’re describing stone like marble or granite, there is a vast range of color and mineral composition. You can describe base colors and mineral size, but you may also hear reference to veins. Certain types of marble and granite will have lines of minerals that spontaneously appear—these are called veins. Veins often stand out from the base color and lend a lot of personality to the stone.
Niron Depot has a lot more than just countertops. Contact us and meet with one of our experts to discuss options for cabinets, sinks, hardware, and more. Our design experts can help plan your remodel so you can fully envision your changes before you take the next steps.