What Are Semi-Precious Countertops?

What do you think of when you hear the term semi-precious? If you’re like many people, the first thing that comes to mind is jewelry. However, this phrase can refer to other things as well, such as countertops. What are semi-precious countertops, you may ask? The answer isn’t all that much different from what you might expect. In fact, you may be surprised at what these countertops can do for you and your kitchen.

A Piece of Art for Your Kitchen

When you purchase semi-precious countertops for your renovation, you are really adding a piece of art to your kitchen. These countertops are constructed from semi-precious gems that are embedded into epoxy resin to create a solid, sturdy surface. Because these stones come in a vast array of colors, you are sure to find something that best complements the rest of the decor in your kitchen. All the gems are hand selected for inclusion in these slabs to ensure their beauty and quality holds up uniformly throughout the piece. You are sure to get many comments regarding this unique look in your kitchen.

Types of Stones Used

There are many options when it comes to the types of stones that can be used in these semi-precious countertops. Some the most popular stones for these include jasper, various colors of quartz and even petrified wood. The actual type of stone used in these countertops is simply a matter of personal preference because when encased in the resin, the maintenance and care is the same, regardless of what  kind of stone is inside. It’s all a matter of how your countertops will look.

A Durable Option

One of the biggest concerns individuals have when considering semi-precious countertops is whether they can easily hold up to the normal wear and tear of kitchen use. However, due to the way they are constructed, these countertops are easily as durable as many of the other natural stone counterparts. The resin used protects the gems from damage due to heat, stains, impact and even the negative effects of the sun’s UV rays. This makes them perfect for use in the kitchen. The gem stones embedded in these countertops may look fragile and alone, they are, but when they are coated with the epoxy resin, they become much stronger and will provide the durability you would expect from your kitchen counters so you don’t have to worry about replacing them too soon.

Options for a Unique Look

One of the unique features of choosing semi-precious countertops for your kitchen is the ability to backlight the countertops. Unlike other natural stone countertops, semi-precious slabs are transparent, which means you can easily install LED lighting underneath the countertops to help illuminate your kitchen and create a look you simply can’t with other materials. Lighting is an essential element in any kitchen, not only for the functionality of making sure your food preparation areas are well lit, but also to create the ambience you want.

If you’re interested in purchasing semi-precious countertops for your kitchen, contact us. We carry a vast selection of options to help you make the right choice for your kitchen. If possible, it’s best to purchase large slabs to reduce the number of seams in your counters, which can negatively impact their overall look.

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