Natural stone slab is one of the most popular kitchen
countertop choices across the GTA. Many people are familiar with popular
stones, such as marble and granite, but may be missing out on other great
choices like soapstone and quartz.
If you are planning on using natural stone slab, it’s
important to carefully consider the strengths and weaknesses of different
natural stone slab for GTA home renovations.
Soapstone is regaining its popularity as an alternative to
granite and marble. It’s available in many colours and gives your kitchen
countertops a sleek, warm look. It usually feels softer to the touch than other
natural stone slabs.
is one of the softer stones, like marble, it resists the pitting damage that
marble incurs when acidic liquids and foods touch its surface. With soapstone,
you merely wipe the spill and move on with your tasks. There should be no
One of the disadvantages of soapstone is that it isn’t as
heat-resistant as some of the other natural stone slabs available, so you’ll
have to use a trivet before placing hot pots and pans on the surface.
Soapstone isn’t as hard as granite, but it does offer a
solution to any scrapes and scratches—just etch them away. Soapstone also dents
fairly easily, something that many view as an advantage because they love the
look of distressed soapstone.
Soapstone needs regular maintenance to keep it looking it’s
best. You will need to rub it with oil and buff it to keep the surface in good
If you’re interested in a countertop that needs little
maintenance and absolutely no annual sealing, consider quartz
slab countertops for your
kitchen. It’s a popular alternative to granite and is often less expensive per
square foot. It offers the durability and hardness of granite and is available
in a wide array of colours.
Quartz is easy to clean. With just a wipe of mild soap and
water, your countertop will retain its smooth good looks and eye-catchingly
glossy sheen. And without the need for yearly resealing like other natural
stone countertops, your quartz countertop will retain its beauty for years to
There are a couple of drawbacks to quartz that need to be
considered before you make the leap. It’s extremely heavy, so it’s important
that your cabinets or island are in good repair and can support the weight.
It’s also not as heat-resistant as some other natural stones, so you shouldn’t
put hot bowls or plates directly on its surface.
Choosing a Finish
Natural stone offers flexibility, so you can choose a finish
that appeals to your personal taste.
A popular choice is polished stone with a glossy,
mirror-like finish. A honed finish
gives you a hard, smooth surface with a soft, matted feel. It isn’t reflective.
A flamed finish has a textured surface that’s interesting to touch. It gains
its surface by being exposed to high temperatures. Tumbled finishes
a worn, older appearance, removing any natural shine the stone may have.
When you’re using natural stone slab in your GTA home renovation,
it’s important to carefully consider the strengths and weaknesses of your
choice before installing.