Countertops take up a lot of space in your kitchen, so it’s important to choose something that doesn’t just look good but will also stand up to use.
From natural stone such as granite, marble, travertine, soapstone, quartzite to engineered quartz countertops our custom countertops are unique to you and your style, you have choices that offer numerous benefits in your kitchen at any budget. Locally serving our community since early 1990, Tile & Light Art of Durango, Colorado, offers the largest inventory of countertops and selection of tile and stone in the Four Corners and Western Slope area. But with so many options to choose from, which countertop material is best for your home?
Quartz is an excellent countertop material. Contrary to popular belief, quartz is actually the most durable material you can install as countertops. Quartz is the most low maintenance option on the market- this material is bomb proof and will never require sealing or special cleaners. Engineered quartz’s non-porous countertops also resist heat, stains, and germs. Since this type of manufactured stone countertop is also available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, it is possible to get the exact look and feel you want in your home.
As a natural stone option, granite countertops are an easy way to bring the beauty of nature into your home, while adding value at the same time. Granite is the most popular option for natural stone countertops because of its density, which makes it one of the most durable of natural stones. Granite can hold its polish longer, and can nearly withstand splashes, knife nicks, heat, and general wear and tear more easily than other natural stones. It requires the least maintenance as far as natural stone countertops are concerned, with regular sealing only once a year in high traffic areas. It is also admired for its natural variety of colors, patterns and bold movement. With regular cleaning and sealing, granite countertops are next to bullet proof and a great natural stone option for a uniquely organic look in your home!
Vanessa Brunner at Houzz explains why soapstone is so popular, saying that it is “often used in laboratories for its resistance to most stains, chemicals and bacteria.” While soapstone is one of the softest countertop materials, the mars and patinas often add character to this timeless look. However, despite the fact that soapstone scratches, these imperfections are very easily, and often economically, repaired. Fortunately, there are many benefits to soapstone that other materials do not have. For one, the material is non porous, there for one of the most heat and bacteria resistant countertops you can install. Soapstone is also mostly resistant to chemical or acidic spills and when properly cared for oil spills as well. Soapstone is not impervious to all staining- in the past it has been popular knowledge to care for your soapstone with regular mineral oil treatments, however technology has progressed leaps and bounds. A simple waxing every six months is the new recommendation for soapstone care.This natural stone option is found in black, grey, and dark green tones, making it perfect for classic, modern, and even ranch-style kitchen decors throughout the Durango, Colorado, area.
Marble is the most elegant option. While currently trendy, it’s hard to ignore the fact that marble has been on display with heavy use for centuries all throughout Europe and the Mediterranean and remains one of the most timeless looks for your home. It is most popular with those that are passionate about cooking due to its natural non-stick properties, and because it is perpetually cool in temperature it can tolerate heat fairly well. It is important to note that marble is the most vulnerable of natural stones, being very susceptible to acid spills- which can mar your surface if not treated or cleaned properly. Marble is also disposed to etching regardless of if it is sealed or not. Because it is more prone to etch and stain, some people might avoid this natural stone. It might be worth reserving a limited amount of space for marble countertops because of its vulnerability or using marble in bathroom vanities where spills are less likely to occur. It is worth noting, however, that some people embrace the natural weathered look that old marble acquires over time and use. Going back in time, you can find marble still standing from when the Romans ruled Europe with etching, mars and patinas- these surfaces are considered to be some of the most beautiful in the world!
Tile counters are a super affordable countertop option with lots of room for customization. Ceramic and stone tiles are sturdy, durable and easy to clean. Lastly, tile countertops are an excellent addition to your home thanks to our selection of tiles to choose from, ensuring you get just the look you’re going for in your kitchen.
With so many options available it may be hard to decide which option is right for your home. Come speak with the experts at Tile & Light Art of Durango, Colorado, where we can help you find the stone countertop that will meet all your needs. We carry all price points, from the smallest budget to the most grand. And we offer a well-trained design staff to help you and your builder put together the ideal combination of materials. If we do not display the particular company that you are looking for we can generally source it for you or find a similar product, often times with a higher quality at a lower price. Come on by!