Countertops for Mississauga Kitchens
You've chosen stone slab for your new countertop. Many Mississauga homeowners
have discovered the advantages of beautiful, natural stone for both kitchen and
bath countertops. Whether you've selected the most popular stone, granite, or
whether you've opted for classic marble, or another type of stone such as onyx
or quartzite, you are sure to enjoy your
for decades to come.
you've settled on the particular stone slab that fits your aesthetic, there are
a couple of other decisions you'll make that will have a great impact on the
appearance of your countertop. Explore the options open to you, and make
informed decisions about stone finishes
are several kinds of stone finish, but these three basic types are commonly
used for countertops:
- Polished. Grinding
and buffing the stone can give your countertop a high polish. Sleek, slippery,
and high gloss, this finish is the least porous, which is good in case of
spills. Polished is the most popular stone finish, probably because it brings
out the natural beauty of the stone and produces a dramatic effect. It's also
very easy to clean. In order to maintain the shine of a polished stone
countertop, you should use the correct cleaners and reseal the surface on a
regular basis. (Usually annually.)
- Honed. A honed finish is
sometimes known as a "matte” finish, and it's created by a process of sanding.
A honed finish is less slippery than a polished one, and it's also useful for
hiding any flaws in the stone – as well as any crumbs! While a honed finish is
still smooth, it doesn't reflect light, and it's slightly more porous than a
- Leathered. This finish is
considered to be a specialty finish. Usually applied to darker stone,
leathering involves moving diamond-tipped brushes across the surface. This
results in an appearance that makes the stone look river-washed, or textured
The other choice
you'll make that will impact the look of your new countertop
is the selection of an edge. There are a
great many types of edges available from better stone fabricators. You may be
drawn to a particular type of edge after looking at examples, you may want to
opt for a simple design that will be very versatile, or you may want to choose
an edge that fits well with a specific design style. Here are some of the basic
- Straight edge. This
simple edge is most commonly used. It fits well with any type of décor.
- Waterfall edge. Curved on top.
Again, a simple edge, but with a softer look. It's a clean look that goes well
with both contemporary and traditional décor. It's also resistant to impact.
- ½” or ¼” Bevel. An edge with a
- Bullnose. Curved on top and
bottom. This edge gives a softer look. It's a classic style that looks good
with any kind of stone.
- Ogee. This design is more ornate,
its lines forming an S-shaped curve. It's an elegant design often used in more
Have the counter you want – know your finishes