When we think of home we are filled with a feeling of calm and serenity, and when we are styling it, we think of using nothing but the best material for it. So, why should the kitchen be left behind, the kitchen where a lot of time is spent doing the most useful activity in the world: "cooking".
There are different stones that can be selected, like naturally occurring granite, quartzite, marble, sandstone, and man-made stones like quartz, etc. Each stone has its own pros and cons and is selected by different people as beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.
So what are the factors that affect the choice of stones to be used?
1. Cost: The cost is often one of the key determiners in choosing a stone for the kitchen. The cost of the stone depends on various factors like demand for the stone, the color, the cut, thickness, etc, the more difficult it to find the stone in nature, the more expensive it becomes.
2. Appearance: The natural stones don't have a uniform color and design, this may be seen as an aberration or a thing of beauty. While the manmade stones are more uniform in appearance.
Natural stones are available only in the colors they occur in nature but to the man-made or engineered stones, pigments can be added to lend color to the stone. It is also because of their unique uneven pattern that natural stones are found to be more expensive.
3. Durability and care: Most of the naturally occurring stones are porous in nature, thus requiring more care and maintenance. They need to be sealed after every 2 years.
Without a proper seal, the stains can penetrate into the stone and will lead to staining. The man-made stones are not porous and will therefore not absorb liquids and stains requiring less care and are more long-lasting than the natural stones. All-natural stones require a little more TLC than the engineered stones.