Home remodeling guide: how to select the right countertop stone for you

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Selecting the right countertop for use in your home is a big decision and there are many factors to consider before making a purchase.

A countertop whether used in the kitchen as a work area, island, or in a bathroom space, is the surface that’s the most visible, most used, and can say a lot about your style.

The right choice of countertop is decision that takes thoughtful consideration in order to be confident and satisfied with the end results.

Natural stone countertops are considered to be amongst the best choices because of their visual appeal, durability, and other considerable qualities.

Selecting the right countertop stone for you and your home starts with taking into account several aspects ranging from your budget, style, and level of desired maintenance.

Your Budget

The first place to start before making any sort of home renovation decision is to consider your budget. The cost of natural stone countertops is typically priced higher than other fabricated materials because of their many desirable qualities.

The costs can vary depending on the type of natural stone and its nature. Make sure that you have room in your budget to accommodate the type of countertop you will install.

Countertop prices add up quickly when all of the aspects of selecting the right slab for your home are taken into consideration.

The first being the type of natural stone you will choose, amongst other elements. Other aspects such as thickness, beveling, installation and maintenance should also be factored into your budget.

The thicker a natural stone slab is, the higher the cost. The difference in aesthetic is noticeable when choosing a thinner or thicker slab or natural stone.

Thicker slabs are more expensive because more stone is being used and a thicker look adds a desirable touch of luxury to any space.

Along with the thickness there are other beveling and chiseling techniques that can be used on natural stone in order to match your style and design such as rounded corners. This will all play into the cost of the stone that you select.

Natural stone countertops must be maintained and the cost of maintenance should be included in your tab. Most natural stone countertops must be sealed with a special sealant every one to two years.

Alongside maintenance, installation will also up the price of your countertop. Whether you are installing as a DIY or having your countertop professionally installed (which is highly recommended), be sure to consider all of these factors when deciding on the price you’re willing to pay…
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