Serpentine Countertops in Central PA
Do you love the look of marble? If you admire the appearance of marble, you may find yourself tempted to install marble countertops in your home. While marble is certainly eye-catching, it’s highly sensitive to acids like vinegar and citrus juice, which can cause etching in the stone’s surface.
Luckily, you don’t need to give up your dream of having striking countertops. Instead, you can install serpentine countertops in your Central PA home. Serpentine is a marble-like stone that’s harder and less porous than marble. Compared to marble, serpentine is more acid- and abrasion-resistant, which typically makes it a superior choice for kitchen countertops and outdoor applications.
Serpentine is often called “green marble,” even though its geological makeup differs from traditional marble. Whereas marble is calcite-based, serpentine has a magnesium-silicate base. The stone gets its name from the figurative “snake scales” that become apparent when water comes into contact with the stone.
When Considering Serpentine Countertops
When you’re shopping for countertops, it’s vital for you to consider the look and function you want the space you’re building or renovating to have. While serpentine counters will resist scratches and damage from acidic substances better than true marble, the stone is only available in one color — green. Even though green works well in many spaces, you may have to search for a different kind of material for your counters if green isn’t aligned with the look you’re going for.
Maintaining Serpentine Countertops
As is the case with other kinds of stone, caring for serpentine counters is as simple as sealing them after they’re installed. Your countertops will need regular, daily cleaning.
Your countertops will experience wear and tear as time passes. When you use your counters, the sealant you initially used will wear away. You’ll need to reseal your serpentine countertops every so often to keep them in good condition. Whether you have to reseal them annually or every few years depends on various factors, such as the sealant you use and the location of your serpentine counters.
While you may want to leave resealing to the experts at Lesher Natural Stone, Quartz, & Tile, it’s a cinch to handle the daily cleaning serpentine countertops need. To clean serpentine counters, wipe them with a damp cloth and dry them with a soft one to prevent unsightly streaks.
How Much Do Serpentine Countertops Cost?
Serpentine countertops aren’t inexpensive, with their prices typically rivaling those of conventional marble. Just like you would if you wanted true marble countertops, you should expect to pay anywhere from $75 to $250 or more per square foot for serpentine counters.
If you want to know how much it will cost to have serpentine counters installed or you’re curious about what we charge to seal or reseal serpentine countertops, we invite you to get a quote now. For more information about serpentine countertops or the other options available to you, contact Lesher Natural Stone, Quartz, & Tile today!