Marble & Granite Countertops
Countertops are the focal point of any kitchen. Even with the best appliances and top-notch cabinets, a kitchen won’t look as good as it possibly can without high-quality countertops. Lee Lumber supplies marble and granite countertops to give your kitchen long-lasting good looks.
Marble is the whitest type of natural stone available, but is also available in a variety of colors, and has a timeless beauty that is difficult to replicate. In kitchens, it can be used for floors, countertops, backsplashes, and walls. Marble, unlike many alternatives such as granite and engineered stone, scratches fairly easily and has high porosity. This means that marble stains easily. For people who understand this, marble can be a great option because it develops a patina over time that provides an authentic and natural look. For people who expect countertops to look new and unchanged for years on end, marble is probably not the best option. Though dark marbles are available, the etching (surface changes caused by acids in foods, coffee, wine, etc.) is less apparent with white or lighter colors of marble. If you decide to purchase marble countertops, understand that they come in several different grades as well as several different finish options. The grade of marble is affected by its porosity and absorption rating as well as by the amount of veining in the stone. The finish option will determine how resistant the countertop is to abrasion, spills, and acid etching. Honed countertops tend to be the most durable. Marble is the most expensive of the natural stone options.
Granite has been one of the most popular countertop choices for a number of years. Granite, a natural stone, is an exceptionally hard and durable material. It is heat resistant and unlikely to scratch or chip. It is superior to marble in terms of abrasion, etching, and staining. A lack of porosity makes granite resistant to bacterial contamination. Because granite is so durable, countertops constructed of this stone do not depreciate in value. There are a few drawbacks to granite. It requires special tools to install, is heavy, can crack if hit with a hard object, and is relatively expensive. The upfront cost of a granite countertop should be balanced against the fact that it lasts far longer than any other material and thus is cheaper over long periods of time. Granite must be sealed yearly to provide resistance against stains.