If you are shopping the Baton Rouge area for Granite Countertops, make sure you ask certain questions. Before makeing your selection, ask about its physical properties, hardness, strength, abrasion resistance etc.
Various countries, importors, and fabricators all have different names for the slabs of granite. So, it can sometimes be very hard to compare competitive slabs, because the names are different. Fortunately the internet can de-mystify the “name-game” with a bit of dogged persistence and a reputable supplier can also help.
Granite is one of the most "cleanable' types of material, even more so tha laminate. In fact, it is over 1000 times more cleanable than plastic laminate.
When it comes to installation, many installers and customers apply a sealer, which can just makes things worse, especially on black granite. It is a pretty stone when brand new but some customers later regret the choice. Other colors are now becoming available in honed finishes as well as other textured finishes - flamed, leather, antiqued, satin, washed etc.
And what about other types of countertops like limestone or marble?
These are great choices for bathrooms, but we would discourage their use in a kitchen where they can be more easily scratched, stained and attacked by acidic liquids.
What about soapstone?
But with soapstone, emotions seem to carry the weight.
Soapstone is created by nature, composed of talc, quartz and various minerals that has compressed over millions of years. There are two types of soapstone, artistic and architectural. Artistic soapstone is softer with higher talc content, suitable for carving. Architectural is harder and denser.
The soapstone is light grey in its natural state with moderate to heavy amounts of veining, varying from piece to piece. With age, use and the application of mineral oil the stone darkens and the character and beauty become more apparent.
At Best Buy Flooring and Countertops, we recommend granite countertops. There are so many distinct advantages to Granite. It is tough, durable, one of a kind, and will last you a lifetime. But, when it comes to choosing the colors and visual textures, it really starts to become a choice of personal taste.
So, let the experts at Best Buy Flooring and Countertops help you with your granite decision.
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