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Tables and countertops in kitchen environments go through a lot and this is why you want a durable product that can stand up to all that you put it through. But choosing a durable product does not mean that you cannot also have something that is stylish. Composite stone countertops are stylish and durable at the same time. This article explains why composite stone is better than some of the alternative countertop products.
Composite Stone is Affordable and Maintenance is Cheap
There are a few reasons to choose composite stone countertops over natural stone. For many homeowners, the most important reason is the price. Composite stone is always going to be a fraction of the price of natural stone. It is also easier to maintain. Long-term maintenance of natural stone countertops requires that they be resealed every few years. The maintenance work itself is not particularly difficult or technical, but the stone sealant that you need to use is costly. Over the lifetime of your countertop, you will save hundreds of dollars with a composite product that doesn't require maintenance because the product comes with a fully waterproof finish. Composite stone is laminated with a clear glaze that does not absorb any water.
Composite Stone is More Durable
Another great feature of composite stone is that is actually more durable than raw stone. Natural stone slabs come with all natural blemishes, cavities and marbling that can actually weaken the countertop, making it brittle. A composite countertop, on the other hand, is reinforce with strong and slightly flexible epoxy that reinforces the stone. When it comes to normal usage in the kitchen, the chances of breaking your stone countertop are thin. However, many customers like the reassurance and strength of composite stone, especially if they have kids that like to climb and play on the counter.
Drawbacks of Composite Stone
The drawback to composite stone is that it often looks cheaper and more generic. While it is largely a matter of personal preference, many composite products have fake stone prints that definitely don't look as authentic as the real thing.
You really need to shop around when looking for the best stone for your countertop. It is good idea to go see the whole slab in person, and not just a sample piece. This is true for both natural and composite stone slabs. They can look very different when you see a large area.
If you're building a new home and considering what style of countertop to have, speak to your custom home builders for more ideas.