Granite Countertops Eden Prairie

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Quality Granite Kitchen & Bathroom Counters – Fabrication & Installation

When designing one’s home, there are many decisions to be made. These may range from the color on the walls to the color on the cabinets and the type of roofing to the material used for countertops and floors. Thankfully, there are nearly as many choices in décor as there people purchasing them. However, lately, one of the most common trends seen in home décor is the use of natural stones for flooring and countertops.

But how do you determine which stone is best for you? After all, soapstone, marble and granite countertops are all natural, but which one is best for your purposes? If you are attempting to determine which of these will work best for your needs, then take some time to peruse the pros and cons of each of these choices. Then, if you still have questions, please take a few moments to contact Granite and Flooring Unlimited of Eden Prairie — we would love to help you!

Granite Countertops

Granite countertops and flooring are a great investment. They are durable, being resistant to scratches, stains, heat and burns. In addition, its surface does not allow bacteria to grow, it is easy to clean, and can last for decades. Should you use slabs of granite for the countertops, then there is minimal seaming.

Disadvantages of granite countertops are that you want to choose the granite with care, as it’s not something you will want to swap out in a few years as this can damage the cabinets below. Also, having granite countertops does not mean that you have a built-in cutting board as the surface of the granite will dull knife blades and can, on rare occasions, be chipped if one is using a meat mallet with extreme force.

Marble

This natural stone is often weighed against the merits of granite for countertops and flooring.  It too, comes in a variety of color, has beautiful veining and movement and is simple to care for. Marble is often used in restaurant kitchens as it is able to withstand heat while at the same time being ideal for baking due to the coldness of the stone. However, because marble is porous it is easily stained and requires more maintenance than granite countertops or flooring. Moreover, marble chips easier because it is softer so one would not want to put it in a work area of the kitchen.

Soapstone

A third popular choice in many homes and offices is soapstone. But, unlike granite or marble, soapstone is not available in a wide range of colors. However, its color provides a good guide regarding its durability as the more solid colored stones such as the grays and greens, are higher in minerals thus making them stronger while dark soapstone with a great deal of veining is less durable. Soapstone is not scratch resistant, but is resistant to stains, bacteria, heat and burns which is why it is a common choice in many classroom labs. It should be noted, that any scratches can be sanded away. Maintenance involves using mineral oil routinely to keep its wet appearance in tack; however, the oil will cause the color to deepen.

Soapstone, marble, granite – each of them have their own perks and quirks. For many people, granite countertops are truly one of the most versatile and affordable looks for any room décor in your Eden Prairie MN home. The variety of color, their movement and overall elegance are sure to delight you for years to come. Be sure to contact Granite and Flooring Unlimited to get started on your granite countertop or flooring project. We look forward to meeting you!

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