Natural Stone Countertops
As the name implies, natural stones occurs naturally in the earth and are not manufactured. Because natural stone occurs organically, these types of stone are never the same. No two pieces look the same which adds a unique character to each custom installation Here are a few of the natural stones that Caveman Countertops has to offer:
Natural stone countertops are often considered the pinnacle of elegance and durability. Natural stones such as granite, marble and soapstone will last the your lifetime and maintain their natural beauty with minimal maintenance and cleaning. Natural stone is not a cheap option for kitchen remodeling. Natural stone is regularly considered a luxury item and can greatly increase the value of your home. There are several factors that can affect the price of installing a natural stone, like granite, in the kitchen.
One option for reducing the cost of natural stone installations is using more than one piece of natural stone. This can help reduce costs but is often less desirable because for each additional piece, there will be seams between the two pieces. Caveman Countertops installers are highly skilled a reducing the appearance of stones, but it is impossible to remove the visibility completely.
Another choice for reducing the cost of natural stone is to use many pieces and arrange the stone in tiles. This can greatly reduce the cost from solid stone installations and if the stone is damaged, you can replace only one tile instead of the entire countertop. If you decide to install tiled squares, it is a good idea to keep several extra tiles so that you can easily replace tiles, if need be, in the future - this will eliminate the trouble of finding a tile that matches several years later.
It is important to consider that natural stone surfaces do require more maintenance than engineered stone. Natural stone is a porous surface and must be regularly sealed to repel water and other particles from becoming stains in the surface. Each natural stone has different characteristics and it is good to become familiar with the different beaviors of each. For instance, Soapstone is a higly porous stone that is more prone to chipping than most other natural stones.
Small scratches and chips can often be polished out of your stone and dont typically require replacement. Cleaning and polishing can also restore the shine to a countertop that has become dull and hazy from neglect. In the unlikely event that the solid stone surface is cracked, it may be necessary to replace the entire installation