We often get asked about different stone pros and cons and care tips. Here are a few guidelines that might help you with your decision whether you need a new counter top, back splash, fireplace face or more.
Granite is natural and has its very own natural beauty. It is extremely strong and you can cut and put hot items on the top without issue. Each and every piece is different so their is always something unique in a granite counter. Remember, you must seal, but sealing is as easy as cleaning the top.
Granite can chip. With the natural process of compression in the earth there are air pockets throughout. When this exact spot is struck — even with out any force — it can pop out causing a hole or chip. Even so, this does not alter the structural integrity of the stone. Chips over 1/4″ can be filled with a color match epoxy. Anything smaller than that is appreciated as part of the stone’s natural character.
Quartz: With quartz, all lots and slabs look very much the same which gives it a more modern and controlled look. Unlike granite, no sealing is required, but no hot stuff or cutting please!
Soapstone is a natural product known for its beauty and softness. Its density makes it nonporous so sealing and staining are not issues. Some people like to oil the surface to enhance the coloring while others like to leave it more natural. One of the nice things about soapstone is the natural wear that occurs, including scratching and dinging. When soapstone is oiled it helps hide this wear.