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Surfaces ~ How They Compare
Granite is the most durable, and is chip
and scratch resistant. You can cut, roll dough, and place
hot pots directly on granite. Because stone is porous, each
stone requires special sealants. But granite absorbs the least
and only requires resealing once every couple of years. Granite
is ideal for kitchens as it offers both functionality as well
Because it’s smooth and cool to the touch, marble is
the traditional favorite for rolling dough and making pastries.
However, it lacks the durability of granite and requires sealants
to be applied more frequently to prevent stains. Marble is
porous and can be easily stained and can be etched by acidic
substances. Avoid setting beverage glasses directly on marble
as they can leave rings. Marble is not as well suited for
kitchens, due to its composition, however is a perfect choice
for a bathroom, fireplace or floor.
Limestone is not the best choice for messy—or frequent—cooks.
It offers a unique weathered look but also stains easily due
to its more porous nature, so spills must be addressed immediately.
But don't write it off too quickly: Jerusalem stone, a generic
term for stone primarily quarried from areas around the Holy
Land, is a dolomite-limestone that resembles marble but is
hardier than both it and limestone.
Used for centuries to create stylish weather resistant roofs,
slate's natural beauty and strength are finding their way
into the kitchen. Befitting of a roofing material, slate is
durable, hard and fireproof. Luckily, it's beautiful, too,
making it a prime choice for homeowners seeking a countertop
that will make a statement. You may want to seal regularly
to add a further dose of protection.
Quick tip: As you investigate your natural stone
options, consider functionality first, then this: do you want
a stone that will look brand new 10 years from now, or one
that will take on the patina of age? Let your answer help
guide your choice.