Granite

Often times when a person’s home is visited by family and friends for the first time, one of the rooms most anticipated to be viewed is the kitchen. The aesthetic quality of a home’s kitchen plays a vital role in determining whether or not to purchase the home in the first place.

The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home and it requires materials that are meant to last. Granite is a great material to use in the kitchen because it’s durable, strong and practical.Granite should be both enduring and brilliant. Marble kitchen countertops are especially beautiful. The material is naturally resistant to heat, cracks, and breakage. Special sealants ensure that the marble is protected from stains.

Bathrooms can also benefit from the sheer luxurious feel of marble. It can literally transform a utilitarian space into one of great beauty. Long lasting elegance and high desirability make
marble bathroom countertops instantly recognizable. Due to this, they are a good investment that typically yields a high return.

Marble kitchen countertops and marble bathroom countertops could conceivably last hundreds of years, well beyond the life of a home. Although it is possible for the sealant to become worn or damaged over time, this is easily remedied. If necessary, the marble countertops can be stripped and new sealant applied. Periodic maintenance adds protection.

Mother nature ensures that marble design is individual and custom, since no two pieces are exactly alike. Every homeowner can have a unique, rich feel right in their kitchen, bathroom or
living room. For opulent selections of marble countertops, along with maintenance tips – RCS has what you’re looking for.

Soapstone

Soapstone is a metamorphic rock ranging in age from 300 to 400 million years. Chemically inert, soapstone is composed of several minerals including talc, chlorite, dolomite, quartz, magnesite, mica, chlorite, pyroxene, amphibole, serpentine, quartz, calcite, and iron oxides. Its colours range from white, greenish grey, charcoal to dark green.

Around the Globe, the most notable producers of soapstone include Brazil, Finland, Japan, and the United States (primarily in the New England state of Vermont), and to a lesser extent Canada (Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia). Soapstone originates from quarries in various locations around the world and is often named from the quarries from which they were mined.

Widely recognized as an excellent natural stone alternative to granite and marble, soapstone’s unique colour palette, coupled with its artistic veining characteristics, is appreciated for its rustic qualities, while equally applauded for the ease with which it can be introduced into a modern design environment. As the name “soapstone” implies, given its inherently high talc content, it is soft to the touch – much the same feeling experienced when rubbing a piece of dry soap. Soapstone also has a high fusion point, low electrical and thermal conductivity, superior heat retention, and high lubricating power. These innate properties makes soapstone impervious to most physical damage, and once installed, it will last virtually forever. From invasive liquid spills, such as wine, to scorching heat damage most often caused by super-heated cookware, soapstone is essentially impenetrable.

Onyx

Onyx is known for its translucent beauty, natural colors and unique patterns. Cleaning and maintaining onyx countertops is difficult, because onyx is softer than granite and other types of
natural stone. Scratching, etching and dullness are common occurrences for homeowners who use onyx for kitchen and bathroom countertop.

Onyx is a natural stone formed of dissolved limestone that redeposits. It is a calcareous stone (calcium carbonate), which means it is softer and more brittle
than granite, slate or other types of natural stone. Onyx is available in a variety of colors and natural patterns. Calcareous stone absorbs more liquid than other types of stone and shows imperfections easily.

Onyx can be found in caves and in other areas where limestone is found. It is mostly used as a decorative element rather than as the main design element in a home, because it is more difficult to maintain than other types of stone.

Since onyx absorbs liquids quickly, it is important to wipe up spills immediately to prevent damage to countertops. Acidic liquids such as vinegar, wine or fruit
juice may leave permanent marks even with attentive cleanup.

Sealing onyx countertops with food-resistant sealant can help prevent stains from occurring. The sealant should be applied after installation and before use.

To clean, wipe onyx countertops using a soft cloth. Use non-acidic cleaning products to remove dirt and increase shine. Do not spray cleaner directly onto the countertop. Spray onto the dry cloth instead, to prevent the stone from absorbing the cleaner, which could cause permanent damage. Wipe away any excess cleaner immediately.

Onyx is translucent, which means the stone lets in more light than other natural stone products. While this can create a luminous effect, you will have difficulty hiding strains and scratches.

Natural cleaning products or those recommended by the fabricator are best for cleaning onyx.

Since onyx is softer than other types of natural stone, most people do not install onyx in their kitchens, bathrooms or other high-traffic areas, because it is difficult to maintain the stone’s natural beauty.

If you want to install onyx in your home, consider using the stone as an accent piece rather than as a functional surface. An onyx side table that is seldom used or artwork made from onyx can allow you to enjoy the translucent beauty of onyx without having to worry about constant maintenance.