Whoever thinks about building or even renovating, is already faced with many doubts, who better than an architect to help you? So here I will give you some tips on how to choose the stone for the kitchen countertop.
There are several options and budgets, pros and cons of each model. But it all depends on your taste, and pocket, of course. Remembering that the value may vary depending on your location.
Granite is the most common stone, the cheapest and consequently widely used.
The price varies according to the color, but the square meter costs on average from R $ 300.00 to R $ 500.00 .
However, granite is also the one that absorbs most liquids and is prone to stain faster. As we are talking about cooking, think about daily use, liquids, foods and be careful when choosing.
In this stone you can have the countertop and the sink in the format you want; it is possible to create shapes with it, and in various colors.
Despite being an expensive product, it has advantages over other materials: it does not stain as easily because it is not porous, it does not have apparent seams, it does not scratch easily, it does not spread fire and the chances of scratching or chipping are very smaller ones too.
Its price varies according to the color, the white ones are the cheapest, they can also have a matte, semi-gloss or glossy finish, so the square meter can vary from R $ 1,000.00 to up to R $ 5,000.00.
It is a stone made with 93% quartz and 7% polyester resin, which has a wide variety of colors. Among its advantages are the high resistance, which wins over granites and marbles, sharp objects do not scratch, and due to the low porosity it does not stain with liquids.
Even resistant to heat, objects such as pots or pans should be avoided, as direct contact can cause damage to the material.
However, whoever wants to have this stone must be willing to invest an average of R $ 1,700.00 to R $ 2,300.00 per square meter.
Quartz can replace silestone, after all, it has the same effect but with a better cost-benefit ratio, its price varies from R $ 1,100.00 to R $ 1,300.00 per square meter, on average.
This stone is industrialized, has a uniform appearance, without veins. It is composed of 94% quartz and 6% resin, and is up to 11 times more resistant than granite. Its non-porous surface does not allow liquids to be absorbed and its industrialization does not degrade the environment.
Also known as marmoglass. They are beautiful, they are shiny, they are white, but they are not usual. Its material does not support the high temperatures that are generated in the kitchen environment. It is a fragile stone and crackes easily, and also because it is difficult to work its labor for installation is high.
It is a natural stone, ideal for indoor environments, but the kitchen countertop is not recommended because it absorbs a lot of water, stains and scratches more easily than granite.
In some places you may even hear that the Crema stone is very good for the kitchen countertop, but this stone has 95% of its composition made of marble , meaning Crema can stain and chip even easier than granite. It is a stone indicated more for bathrooms than kitchens.
Remembering : what to use and what not to use is relative to your taste and your pocket. There are no rules, only data that you, perhaps together with a professional, can analyze and choose the most appropriate for your situation.
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