When it comes to choosing the right material for the countertops in your house, there are abundant choices available on the market. There are solid surfaces, ceramic tile, plastic laminate, wood, and concrete. However, a lot of people will agree that natural stones make the best countertops.
Natural stones often have the unique and distinctive shades and textures that deliver such elegance and classy looks to any interior design. There are numerous natural stones that can be used as well, yet, the most popular ones are perhaps slate and granite. Granite may appear more attractive to some people, and it is also immensely rugged. However, slate is often budget-friendlier and more convenient to use.
Slate is a fine-grained homogeneous metamorphic rock. In fact, among the numerous metamorphic rocks, it is the finest grained metamorphic rock. It is ordinarily gray in color, but may come in a wide variety of colors as well, such as purple, red, green, or cyan. In addition, slate is a non-porous stone, which means that it does not have pores that can absorb spills and stains. The surface is very smooth, yet relatively softer than granite, which makes it somewhat prone to chipping, especially along the edges and corners.
Unlike slate, granite is an igneous rock, typically granular and phaneritic in texture. The dominant color can be white, pink, or gray, but granite has that unique scatters of feldspar, quartz, mica, and amphibole minerals. It appears hard and smooth, however, granite is actually porous. It can absorb spills and stains. Usually, a granite countertop have been treated with sealant to make the product more resistant. A granite countertop requires cleaning using a stone cleaner that is non-abrasive and non-acidic, and regular resealing.
If you want something that is cost-efficient, even for the long run, slate countertops make a great choice. They are easier to maintain, too, but make sure that you don’t over-abuse them. Granite countertops are great for their elegant and classy looks as well as superb ruggedness, yet require more effort in the maintenance.