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Question DetailsAsked on 9/9/2013

what is the best stone countertop to install?

I am replacing the countertop in the kitchen.

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Largely a matter of the look you like, of course, and your budget. Putting aesthetics aside, the most stain-resistant natural materials is going to be a fine-grained igneous rock like granite, with the worst being the fancy central american volcanics and the limestone-derived ones like limestone, coquina, and marble.

Basically speaking, the finer grained it is, the more methmorphic pressure and heat has been put on it, and the least veins or variations it has, the less it will absorb stains. That is one of the flaws of the concrete-based countertops - the matrix and part of the aggregate is limestone based, so they absorb stains pretty badly if you breach the sealer.

Your absolute "best" countertops in terms of stain penetration resistance and overall durability, from the best down in order roughly (in my opinion), are stainless steel, oil-treated cast iron (rarely used now), fine-grained granite, synthetic countertops including plastic laminates (made from plastics), polished concrete countertops, formica, metamorphic stones like gneiss, slate, marble, urethane coated woods, wax impregnated woods, volcanics, stained woods, sandstones. Of course, for looks most people rate them the opposite, approximately.

If you are staying with the popular materials for resale value, unless you are prepared to pay bi bucks for fine-grained granite, then I would go with an economy factory-sealed marble, resealed after installation.

You can also check a lot of web magazine and home decor sources regarding current popularity of different countertop materials.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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