What Type of Stone Countertop is Best for Your St. Louis Bathroom?

Posted on Friday, August 7th, 2015 by Arch City Granite

If you’re considering getting stone countertops in St. Louis for a bathroom remodel, it can be difficult to choose between the different types of materials available. To help you decide what type is best, let’s take a look at four popular options.

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Marble

If you want to create a luxurious spa experience in the master bath, marble makes an elegant choice. This natural stone’s hard crystalline structure allows it to be highly-polished, and every slab of marble offers a unique appearance with distinctive veining.

The plethora of color options include pale white, blue, pink, yellow, green, brown, gray and black, which makes it easy to match your chosen color palette. Since marble is susceptible to staining, it should be treated with a silicone sealant before installation.

Granite

Rich, dramatic granite is available in both bold and subtle patterns to mesh with almost any decor and style. You’ll also have an amazing array of color choices including beige, black and gray hues, earthy browns, vibrant reds and lush greens. The dazzling flecks and patterns seen in different slabs of granite are caused by mica, quartz and feldspar crystals trapped when the stone formed.

Because granite is extremely durable as well as scratch and bacteria resistant, it’s ideally suited for a family bathroom. Once it’s properly sealed, a granite countertop is also virtually impervious to stains and heat.

Soapstone

Low-maintenance soapstone is a time-tested favorite choice for bathroom countertops. Since it’s non-porous and heat resistant, you won’t have to worry about staining or burns from a hot curling iron. Soapstone color choices are quite limited though — it’s typically a bluish or greenish gray with lighter veins of quartz running through. The only care it requires is a periodic application of mineral oil, which darkens the natural stone to a deeper charcoal color over time.

Quartz

Man-made quartz countertops are created using a precise combination of natural granite power, crushed crystal quartz and other materials like coloring agents or colored glass bonded together with polyester resins. The result is a hard, durable surface that’s stain, chip and scratch resistant without any need for sealants.

If you’re looking for a sumptuous-looking countertop with a uniform color, pattern and texture, quartz is the ideal choice.

For advice about your choices for getting stone countertops in St. Louis, stop by our showroom and talk with one of our expert fabricators at Arch City Granite & Marble.

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