Dec 4, 2018

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Comparing Natural Stone, Tile and Concrete Countertops For Shakopee Renovations

Comparing Natural Stone, Tile and Concrete Countertops For Shakopee Renovations

There are many different options in countertops for kitchen renovations in the Shakopee area. Making a choice between natural stone, tile and concrete countertops starts with knowing the pros and cons of each option.

Natural Stone

There are several different options in natural stone that is highly durable as well as beautiful. The most commonly used natural stone options for kitchen and bathroom counters are marble and granite. Quartz is often included in the group although it is not 100% natural stone and contains about 7% resin for a non-porous countertop option.

Natural stone is durable and long lasting and is a lifetime investment in the home. It is customized to the cupboards and cabinets, and homeowners choose the slab and the edge profile to create the look they want.

Natural stone requires sealing and basic care such as a daily wipe down and immediate removal of any types of staining or etching spills. These countertops are the most costly, but they also add to the value of the home and never need to be replaced.

Tile

Tile is a low-cost option for counters, and it is a relatively easy do-it-yourself installation project. Different quality of tile will impact the price. Tile needs to be grouted, and the grout should be sealed to protect from staining and discoloration, but the tile itself does not stain.
Tile can easily crack, and chip, particularly with hot items placed on the surface or heavy items dropped on the surface. Chipped or cracked tile can be replaced with relative ease, but it may be difficult to match older tile patterns.

Concrete

Concrete countertops are relatively popular in Shakopee homes. Concrete is porous like natural stone and needs sealant to prevent staining. The sections of the counter will be grouted, but color matching filler is used to make these seams virtually invisible.

Concrete is durable and can be customized in color to match the kitchen. It is heat resistant, but the sealant can discolor with high heat. Different thicknesses impact the cost of this moderately priced counter option.

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