Natural stone countertops provide a luxurious and natural aesthetic to your kitchen, as well as a high degree of durability and functionality. Two of the most common types of natural stone countertops are slate and marble, which each possess a distinctive set of features and advantages over each other. Understanding what both types of natural stone countertops have to offer your kitchen can help you choose the type of natural stone that best suits your kitchen's design and functional needs.
Slate countertops provide a truly unique appearance to your kitchen, as they are etched with veins and grains that are unique to that specific piece of slate. This means that a slate countertop cannot be replicated by any other slate or natural stone installation. Further, slate is a non-absorbent surface, as it is extremely smooth, which means that spilled food and liquids won't be stuck within the surface of your countertop. This makes the cleaning process simple.
However, there are some downsides to slate. Slate countertops do not come in a wide variety of colors and usually only take on muted shades. This can severely limit your interior design options when compared to other types of natural stone. Further, because each piece of slate is unique, if you ever have to replace a damaged section of your countertop, you will either have to replace the entire countertop to maintain the uniform aesthetic or live with a clear divide between the old and new sections.
Marble countertops provide a different set of features when compared to slate: it comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns that can be closely or completely imitated, making repairs and customization very simple. Further, marble countertops are extremely heat resistant, and you can place pans directly on the surface of marble countertops without having to worry about any sort of warping, physical damage, or discoloration.
However, marble comes with a couple of downsides. It is a porous material, which means it can be tough to stain. While you can seal marble to make it less absorbent and easier to clean, placing a sealant on the surface of marble can cause issues when exposed to heat, as the sealant can melt and warp. Finally, while marble is an extremely durable material, it can be easily nicked and scratched while using a knife or a sharp edged utensil, meaning that care has to be taken in while working in the kitchen.
Contact a remodeling service like Qualtire Plumbing & Construction to help you decide which type of countertops would work best for your needs.