Natural stone is an excellent material to install on your refitted kitchen worktop. It is one of the most sought after choices of kitchen surfaces. In fact, when most clients are designing their dream kitchen, they request for natural stone. Thanks to its low maintenance nature and distinct features, natural stone is certainly a unique and elegant material used by many professional kitchen fitters, like Zen Stone. However, many homeowners often have trouble deciding which natural stone best suits their kitchen. While stones like marble, granite, and limestone may seem to very subtle differences at first, they start to become more apparent when you are in the process of designing your perfect kitchen.

Why natural?
You may be wondering why should I even consider natural stone in the first place? Admittedly, the pros of artificial stones, such as Dekton and quartz, are appealing. Such surfaces not only ooze elegance and have an amazing feel, but they are also built to last. However, regardless of all these perks, there are certain designs that only natural stones can deliver. You can only find the uniqueness of character with naturally mined stones. These stone varieties – mined all over the world – come in a wide range of natural colours, graining and costs.

The Stones
A quick overview of the most popular natural stones may help you make a more informed decision on what you are looking for:

Granite
Granite is the most wear-resistant type of natural stone. However, it still needs sealing to preserve its porosity. Considering the fact this stone occurs naturally, its colour and appearance can vary greatly. Due to this, there is a wide price range for different types of granite.

Marble
Marble is softer and much easier to work with than granite. Its unique and coloured veining brings forth a diverse range of natural variety. In geological terms, marble is a limestone that has been exposed to extreme temperatures and pressure.

Limestone
While limestone is more porous than marble, both of them need sealing. Even though this stone has a limited colour range, it provides a much warmer and less formal finish than either marble and some varieties of granite.

Functionality
Practicality is always a major consideration when selecting the right type of natural stone for you. Considering that the kitchen is a high traffic area with high impact use, it is always essential to make sure that your surfaces are sufficiently durable. While all types of natural stone are heat and stress-resistant, granite stands out as the most durable. On the other hand, limestone is the most porous of all the natural stones. But you can significantly enhance the durability of all-natural stones by sealing. The sealing process can help ensure that your kitchen worktop serves you for a lifetime.

Aesthetics
Aesthetically, there are two things that you need to look out for when choosing the stone that suits your preferred design: colour and the uniformity of your space. Thanks to the uniqueness of its random veining, marble provides a stylish and formal aesthetic. In addition, marble reflects the natural light in an eye-catching manner. In case you are looking for colour variety with plenty of features in the stone, then granite is the stone for you. What often captures the attention of many is granite’s sparkle and depth of detail. But if you are looking for a more subtle and rustic aesthetic, then you should consider limestone.

Maintenance
One amazing thing about all stone surfaces is that they require very little maintenance, compared to other materials like laminate or wood. Natural stone worktops are both heat and stain-resistant. In addition, they can remain unaffected by constant water contact. Again, seal off limestone, marble and granite to improve their durability. Resealing should be done every one to two years. By doing this, all you will need is a daily kitchen worktop clean using a warm, damp cloth and mild dish soap.

All-natural stones; marble, limestone and granite provide an appealing aesthetic appealing for a kitchen. Any natural stone will offer your worktop exclusive and premium features. With the sealing process in place, you will ensure that your stone is hardwearing and long-lasting. Thus, your choice of natural stone all boils down to personal preference.