Natural Stone vs. Engineered Stone: What is best for Kitchen Counters?

 
 


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Choosing the right stone counter top is one of the biggest decisions you will make for your kitchen remodel. Not only will this be a big part of the budget, but it will also influence the design and longevity of the rest of the kitchen.
 
 
Both natural and engineered stone have their advantages, so it’s a good idea to compare the two before making your final decision.
 
 


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Natural Stone
 
 
While there are many natural options available, granite is still one of the top picks, as it is recognized as the prominent high-end option and can help boost your home’s value. It’s also known for its unique appearance and the long-lasting durability that natural stone has to offer.
 
 
The natural minerals found in granite — including quartz, tourmaline, topaz, garnet and others– contribute to the beautiful natural flaws and irregularities we see in granite counter tops. No two slabs of granite are identical, allowing for your kitchen design to truly be one-of-a-kind (a big appeal to many homeowners). On the other hand, it can be difficult to match colors within your kitchen. Often times, a slab of granite will even appear to be a different color once it’s installed under your kitchen lights than it did when you first fell in love with it at the warehouse.
 
 
Aside from granite, other natural stone choices include:
 
Marble
 
Soapstone
 
Quartzite
 
Limestone
 
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