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Myths About Stone Countertops

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Stone countertops are beautiful — it’s no wonder everyone wants them in their home. Well, almost everyone! If someone starts believing one of these falsehoods about stone countertops, they’re probably highly likely to change their mind.

We wouldn’t want you to fall prey to misinformation. That’s why we’ve created this list of myths, along some truths that you should believe.

Myths About Stone Countertops

Check out the top seven myths about stone countertops:

Myth #1: Granite Is So Expensive

Granite isn’t as pricey as you’d think. It’s commonly thought of as a luxury upgrade, one that’s out of your price range. You may be surprised to learn that this is a myth! You can find affordable granite counters that fit your style and your budget.

Myth #2: Stains Are Permanent

Under most circumstances, this is false. Even the toughest granite stains can be extracted with a poultice, even oil-based stains. Quartz is slightly more susceptible to stains, but given normal use, most stains are removable. If you decided to use your stone countertops as a workstation and exposed the stone to chemicals and solvents, those could cause tougher stains that may leave remnants behind.

Myth #3: Sunlight Will Damage Quartz

Sometimes quartz isn’t seen as the durable stone that it is. While you shouldn’t install quartz outside in direct sunlight with constant exposure to the elements, quartz can be installed in any room in the house, even if there is plenty of sunlight streaming in.

Myth #4: Granite Is Heat-Resistant

Many people believe you can put hot pans and trays down on granite without any repercussions. This isn’t a hard-and-fast rule though. High temperatures can damage the granite seal, which can mar the surface. It’s better to use potholders and keep your stone safe.

Myth #5: Granite Harbors Bacteria

Have you ever heard someone tell you that your granite countertop is a trap for bacteria? It might make you scared to even eat off your counters. While it’s possible for any counter to have bacteria on it, the idea that granite is somehow more susceptible than other stones or other material types is nonsense. Keep your counter clean and you won’t have an issue with bacteria!

Myth #6: Stone Countertops Can’t Be Repaired

Can you fix stone? Some people might tell you no. Once a stone countertop cracks or breaks, that’s the end. This isn’t true. It’s exceedingly rare for a stone counter to break, so you probably don’t see many professionals advertising their services, but if it does happen, it is possible to fix it, depending on the extent of the damage.

Myth #7: Granite, Marble or Quartz — It’s Just a Trend!

Here’s the craziest myth of them all — that stone counters won’t be desirable 10 years from now. This isn’t true. Natural stone adds beauty and class to every design, and that will always be in style.

Have a friend or family member who believes one of these false statements? Share this list with them so they can understand their hesitation over installing stone countertops is unfounded! They can also call Intermountain Stone and Marble Company. You can too — we know everything about quartz, marble and granite countertops, and we can offer a custom quote for your home.

4 Tips for Stone Countertops

4 Tips for Stone Countertops

Modern kitchen with cozy lighting, and food ingredients on the counter top.

Not all stone countertops are created equally — even if they are the same material. For example, granite comes from many places around the world, boasts different levels of quality and is cut into a variety of standardized thicknesses. Granite from regions where the stone is more beautiful can come with a higher price. The uniqueness of the slab (like if the granite has a lot of bright blue coloring aspects, which is rare) can also affect the cost. Of course, the thicker the stone, the more it will cost, too. You can snag fantastic deals on granite, however, by choosing remnants over custom-cut pieces or going with a thinner slab.

No matter what your budget, you need to understand the best tips for saving money and preserving your investment, because that’s exactly what stone countertops are: an investment. Whether marble, travertine, granite or quartz, these countertops can last a lifetime, but only if you treat them right and choose the best product for you.

Here are some must-know tips before you begin shopping:

  • Different stones have different pros and cons: Granite is by far the most desirable of countertop materials, but quartz is much more durable, nonporous and heat resistant. If you only use your kitchen for show, you can go with a delicate stone. If you’re gearing up to audition for Chopped, you might need to go with one that’s thicker and tougher.
  • Sealants are your friend: Every stone but quartz needs a sealant as soon as it’s installed. Stone is porous, eager to absorb debris, grease, bacteria and everything else it comes in contact with. Don’t assume your stone countertops come with a sealant — many don’t, and not all manufacturers are upfront about sealants. Always ask.
  • Let your counters dictate flooring and cabinets: Kitchens and bathrooms have three main real estate areas: countertops, cabinets/vanities and flooring. Countertops and cabinets battle for the title of biggest investment, but if you really want quality countertops, then they should win. Choose your countertops first, then match or contrast your floors and cabinets to them.
  • Maintenance is key: Cleaning your countertops with stone-friendly agents on a regular basis helps keep them free of bacteria, even if they are sealed. Plus, some sealants only last a few years, so make sure to schedule a re-sealing in a timely manner. Just like any natural product, stone needs a little pampering for a long shelf life.

Stone countertops certainly aren’t maintenance free, but they bring value and beauty to your home that’s unparalleled. Kitchens are dubbed the biggest ROI in your home, so give them the attention they deserve. Contact Intermountain Stone & Marble today to start creating your dream home, featuring natural stone countertops.