Although there are many options to choose from when it comes to picking a countertop material for your kitchen design, many people are intrinsically drawn to natural stone.
This is the case even though there are plenty of other cheaper options out there. Options like laminate, tile, and stainless steel have the potential to make a kitchen look modern and sleek, but still more customers will always gravitate toward natural stone.
Even though these countertops come at a higher price than man-made products and engineered stone, it doesn’t lessen their draw. What is it about these countertops that makes them so enticing for customers and so popular?
In this article, we’ll dive a little deeper into why so many people choose to go with natural countertops and whether or not that choice is a worthy investment.
The Price of Natural Stone Countertops
There’s no one set price for how much money every natural stone countertop will cost. It varies between clients, remodels, and materials. The type of natural stone that you choose is a factor that largely determines the price as well. For example, marble is a luxurious, high-end stone, which puts it at the steep end for pricing.
Here’s a rundown of natural stone countertop materials in order from least expensive to the most costly:
Each material’s price ranges tend to be very wide per square foot because the cost depends on the color and availability of the specific stone itself and the labor costs of your fabricator. Also, sometimes added to the price will be edge profiles, cutouts, and finishes that you may choose to complete the look.
Although the price range of natural stone countertops can sometimes runs higher than man-made products, there’s a reason for that. It’s because they’re built to last.
Durability of Natural Stone
A natural stone’s durability and higher quality are a big component of why it costs more than man-made materials. Natural stone countertops are strong, durable, and long-lasting—if taken care of correctly and sealed properly, they have the potential to last a lifetime. Many natural stones are heat resistant, liquid resistant, and scratch resistant, which keeps them looking as beautiful as they did on the day they were installed.
Even though natural stone countertops are known for being durable, it’s up to the user to maintain them properly and understand that they do take a bit of extra care. It’s not too complicated, though—as long as you employ the right sealant, it should counteract the stone’s natural porousness and help the countertop remain resistant to damage.
A natural stone countertop’s durability isn’t all that it has going for it, though. Natural stone can also add to your home as a whole.
The Added Value of Natural Stone
Natural stone countertops are a big selling point—they’ve been in style for many years, and they aren’t losing their relevance anytime soon.
Granite and marble are two very attractive choices for buyers, so using those stones for countertops in your kitchen automatically places your home higher on the market and allows you to sell at a higher price. Even if you’re not looking to sell at the moment, looking toward the future is never a bad idea. Natural countertops will never go out of style.
They don’t just add value to your home, though. They also add a touch of beauty.
Natural Stone’s Natural Appeal
If you never plan on selling your house, natural stone countertops can still work for you. They are the centerpiece of your kitchen, something that you’ll be looking at every single day. Because of this fact, their beauty plays a big role in how much people love their homes. Arguably, kitchens are the rooms where people spend the most time, so they should include the wow factor of natural stone countertops.
There are so many colors, patterns, and styles of natural stones available that you’ll never be at a loss for options. You’re sure to find something that fits your taste and the style of your home.
Your Natural Stone
Our team at Marble Granite World wants to introduce you to the fabulous world of natural stone countertops and the future of kitchen design. Get in touch with us for a free consultation and we can figure out together what works best for your home.