The Best Stone for Your Countertop

There’s no better time than now, in both Missouri and Kansas, to have your cake and eat it to, when it comes to choosing the right stone for your custom kitchen countertop. There are so many types of stone to choose from, including: granite, marble, quartz, quartzite, soapstone, schist, limestone, sandstone and onyx. When it comes to color, durability, maintenance and function nowadays, chances are, you will get the look you want.

At Gaumats International, we pride ourselves on being able to provide lots of options for our clients. This makes it so much easier to create the custom kitchen you truly desire. Many of the natural stones we have come in a polished or matte finish. A variety of colors are also available, like rose quartz, agate and amethyst for a look with a little more splash while sandstones are commonly known for their soft, natural look. Some stones are softer than other stones. To avoid scratches or chips, consider what type of countertop usage you will engage in the most.

A few of the most popular stones are:

Granite – still takes the lead as the most popular countertop. Adding elegance to any custom kitchen, granite is durable, resists heat, but can stain easy, if not sealed correctly. Formerly only found in high-end kitchens, granite is now more readily available and more affordable.

Marble – while marble gives a stunning look to any custom kitchen, this stone is soft, scratches easy and is porous, which means it stains easy and needs sealant often.

Quartz – ninety-four percent quartz and five percent resin and other materials, quartz is one of the hardest minerals found, therefore, quartz countertops are highly durable.

To help you decide which stone words best for you, we suggest:

  • Stone sample – use a sample of the stone you desire to help you visualize how this stone fits with your particular style. Stone color and veining can vary, so it’s important to make sure you have the best fit for your home and lifestyle.
  • Measurements – this is where using a professional is vital. If the cuts are not correct, this could be costly. Make sure the final measurements are made and accounted for by the fabricator. Thickness and finish should also be determined and accounted for.
  • Sink- you will need to consider which type of sink you would like to include.  A top-mounted sink can be used with just about any stone because the sink is dropped in after the countertop is installed. An under-mounted sink should use a waterproof stone because the sink is placed under the countertop.
  • Warranty – always check the warranty for anything you purchase, including your stone countertop.

In Missouri and Kansas, call Gaumats International, today, and let us help you find the perfect stone countertop for your custom kitchen. Call 816-847-8228.

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