Many clients walk through the door knowing that they want
natural stone slabs used for their kitchen countertop, but they may be
uncertain which stone will work best in their Toronto area home. They may
already be familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of marble and granite, so
be sure to introduce them to some of the alternatives. Help your clients pick
the right natural stone slabs for their Toronto home renovations!
Once all the rage in kitchen countertops, soapstone is
regaining its popularity. It comes in a wide range of colours and will bring a
sleek, warm feeling to your client’s kitchen. As always, have your clients
visit a warehouse or quarry to see the actual slabs. Once they touch a
soapstone slab and feel its velvety softness, they may be sold.
If your client’s soapstone countertop is scratched, that
softness can help save it. Scrapes can be etched out of soapstone. That means
your client won’t have to position an appliance or trivet over a permanent
Although soapstone is soft like marble
, it doesn’t have marble’s
susceptibility to acidic foods and liquids. If your client spills wine, soda,
or vinegar on their soapstone countertop, it won’t leave permanent pits and
etches on the surface. Instead, the soapstone
just needs to be
wiped with mild soap and water to remove the spill.
There are some issues that your client needs to be made
aware of before going forward with this trendy natural stone slab. It isn’t
heat-resistant, so hot objects can’t be placed directly on the countertop; a
trivet needs to be used to protect their counter.
Another issue may actually be an advantage in the eyes of
some of your clients. Soapstone dents easily, so if your client drops a heavy
pot or other object on the countertop, it may leave a mark. Some people adore
the look of distressed soapstone and prefer the personality it adds. Even so,
discourage your clients from deliberately bashing their countertop to achieve
the distressed look. Proper care will allow their counter to last longer.
Soapstone needs regular maintenance to keep its sheen. Your
clients will have to apply oil and buff it regularly to keep it looking its
A popular and less costly alternative to pricey granite
, quartz is just as
durable and hard as that natural stone. There is a wide range of colours
available for your clients to choose from for their home renovation.
One of the biggest draws for quartz is how little
maintenance is needed. If your clients are extremely busy or don’t want to seal
and reseal a countertop, then quartz may be the best natural stone slab for
them. They can enjoy glossy quartz kitchen countertops for years without the
hassle of remembering to reseal or the panic of dealing with acidic liquids
pitting their countertop after only seconds of contact. With quartz, simple
soap and water can clean up almost any mess.
Your clients should know of the drawbacks associated with
quartz. If they aren’t putting in new cabinetry, they need to ensure that the
cabinets are in good repair since quartz
is heavy. It’s also not heat-resistant like some other natural stones.
Help your clients pick the right natural stone slabs for
their Toronto home renovations by showing them all their options.