Much like a slice of bread is cut from the loaf, a slab of stone is cut from large areas of earth. These “slabs” of stone come in various sizes and shapes, but for the most part they are rectangular and approximately 125” x 65”. Coming from all over the world they are classified into basically two thickness, 2cm (approximately ¾”), and 3cm (approximately 1 1/8”). Soapstone scratches easily which gives the surface its own natural patina. Comes with a textured surface and is used mostly in bathrooms and showers.Its most popular application is in the bathrooms of tract homes and apartment complexes.
Fingerprints, scratches, and browning are all a part of its natural patina. Concrete countertops are an option for irregular shaped countertops as they can be poured in place. If you are hiring a contractor to install them, of coarse it is a little more expensive, but all-in-all the most affordable countertop surface. Also, grout lines will need to be sealed regularly and are susceptible to retaining microorganisms even after regular cleaning. One good thing about wood countertops is that scratches are simply sanded out and resealed.A scratched up and dented surface is part of its patina, so perfectionists beware!
The cost of this product is far out of reach for the average budget, but when you see them, they are hard to resist!
This chart provides a quick overview comparing the major considerations when selecting a material for your new countertops. Price is relative to other materials with 10 being the most expensive. Each type of stone has unique characteristics, look and feel. In determining what type of stone you will want to use for your project, you might consider hardness or durability, stain resistance, color and cost. Granite is a versatile, durable stone used anywhere in the home or business. Quartz surfaces are a versatile, durable type of stone which can be used anywhere in the home or business. Often used for bathrooms, fireplaces, outdoor bars and other specialty applications. Mineral oil is used on the surface to darken the stone as often as desired. It is a hard, brittle stone and is porous making it susceptible to staining.
Cultured marble can be made into any shape or size and generally incorporates a seamless sink. Although stainless is an expensive option, countertops of almost any size can be created in stainless steel, which is a rolled metal product. While its not yet main stream, copper countertops do have appeal for those who enjoy having something unusual. This type of countertop is very labor intensive, which generally creates a little higher price tag. Most home improvement warehouses carry laminates in stock, and generally have a variety of colors to choose from. Keep in mind that no matter how well the tiles are laid in a countertop application they will never be perfectly flat, possibly making glasses and etc.