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Comparing Our San Diego Natural Stone Countertops: Granite and Soapstone

Posted on 04/18/2013 in Countertops Blogs

When it comes to choosing countertops, San Diego can’t seem to get enough of natural stone. One of SD Flooring’s most popular products is our range of natural stone countertops. Our customers love that natural stone countertops bring a a stylish, upscale look with great value, as natural stone counters can increase a home’s value. Plus, stone countertops are very durable and will last for years or even decades to come. Wherever you need an attractive and tough work surface — the office, kitchen, bathroom, garage or even an outdoor area — SD Flooring’s stone counters are a great fit.

Each type of natural stone, however, carries its unique style, attributes and price point. That’s why we’ve created a cheatsheet to natural stone countertops! We’re highlighting the types of stone counters we offer, and giving you the details on each so you can start thinking about which is best for your needs. Then, you can visit SD Flooring’s showrooms to see examples of our countertops in-person and talk to one of our knowledgeable specialists.

Granite Countertops

Granite Countertop Style 6

Granite countertops have become the go-to countertop for San Diego homeowners, as it provides durability, versatility, and style. And because they are so popular and last so long, granite countertops are an investment that will add to your home’s value. Smooth to the touch with a sleek appearance, granite countertops can lend a stately appearance to any room, from the kitchen to the office.

Coloring: Tans, browns, blacks, golds, blue-grays, reddish tints

Appearance: Granite actually includes a wide variety of natural stones, composited of many different minerals. This means that granite also offers a wider variety of appearances and styles — and the wide range of granite countertop prices. Most granite countertops offers a textured, more varied look than other natural stones, and no two slabs are the same, so make sure you aren’t counting on a granite countertop that will exactly match the samples.

Hardness/Durability: Granite countertops usually have high levels of quartz and feldspar, which make it one of the hardest choices for natural stone countertops. It is resistant to scratches and etching. Granite countertops last forever, so make sure you take the time to pick one out that you will love for years to come.

Granite Countertops Maintenance: Inspect yearly for cracks or seams. Granite countertops will need to be sealed regularly to remain waterproof and maintain their polish.

Granite Countertop Cost: $50-90 per square foot

Soapstone Countertops

Soapstone Countertop Style 3

Our San Diego soapstone countertops provide a subtle, softer look that is more traditional, and has been used in home for centuries. It offers a smooth, welcoming texture that provides the perfect surface for everything from doing homework to rolling out dough. In fact, it was the natural stone countertop of choice for celebrity chef Paula Deen.

Coloring: Soft grays, charcoal, blue-gray, and greens

Appearance: Soapstone countertop slabs may have flecks or greens and blues, or veins running throughout, while others can provide a more even look. Soapstone can be oiled or left unoiled, depending on the desired look. It will also darken and gain a patina over time and use, which can give it rich texture and depth, but can also surprise homeowners who aren’t expecting this shift.

Hardness/Durability: Soapstone is partly made up of the mineral talc, which can make it softer than other natural stone countertops. The grade of soapstone used for countertops, however, will typically have lower levels of talc (as little as 30%). It is more susceptible to scratches and dents, though these can general be buffed out. It is, however, resistant to etching and staining.

Maintenance: Oiling countertops every few months is suggested, and some homeowners may want to buff soapstone countertops, as well.

Cost of Soapstone Countertops: $50-70 per square foot

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