Countertops

Honed Granite Countertops

Granite is an extremely popular material to use for countertops especially in kitchens. Granite is an extremely durable material that is very appealing to the eye as well. It has been around for centuries but it is only recently (the past few decades) that it has been popularly used in homes and buildings.

Tile Countertops Tips

Tile countertops are very popular with homeowners today. There are virtually an endless supply of color combinations and designs that you can choose for tiles; making tiles a great addition to every homes decor. Along with the decorative tiles, you can create your own geometric designs using various colored tiles that resemble the artistry of a master quilter.

Whether you are looking for tiles that contain their own patterns or are looking to make your own styles, tile countertops offer a wealth of beautiful visual displays for the homeowner to behold. Along with the eye-catching benefits, tile countertops are also sturdy and durable. However, with all surfaces, you should still take care to protect your tile countertops from damage.

Limestone Countertops

Limestone is a sedimentary rock found in abundance around the world; traditionally it has been more associated with architecture than limestone countertops. There are many different types of limestone, varying in color, strength and porosity.

Limestone consists mainly of calcite that was deposited by the remains of marine animals. Its main components are calcium carbonate also known as carbonate of lime. When it contains magnesium carbonate, it is then called magnesian or dolomitic limestone. Crystalline limestone is called marble. Limestone countertops varies in hardness, some are as soft as marble, whilst others are more scratch resistant like granite.

Limestone Science

Honed Limestone Counter Care

Honed limestone counter care is not just a matter of wiping the surfaces with a damp cloth. Despite its hardness, natural stone can be very unforgiving when it comes to stains and accumulation of grime. Keeping the surface safe from spills, especially of acidic substances, is important in the overall care because prevention is, as they say, better than cure. You need to keep up with your honed limestone counter care to ensure that it remains in tip top condition; for such an investment, good care is essential.

Honed Vs. Polished Limestone

Porcelain Tile Countertops

There are three different types of tiles-

  • Ceramic
  • Porcelain
  • Quarry

Ceramic tiles are made from pressed clays with a matte finish or a glaze of metallic oxides and ceramic stains. Porcelain tiles are pressed from the dust of porcelain clay. Porcelain mosaic tiles are fired at a higher temperature, which makes them thicker.

Their color also goes all the way through the tile, rather than just covering the surface. As the color and the pattern goes all the way through the tile, they are extremely durable, and impervious to wear and tear.