Granite and granite composite materials are one of the most commonly used materials for kitchen and bathroom sinks. It is available in a variety of colors, textures and patterns, making an ideal medium for most decorating styles. Moenstone is a man-made product created by the Moen Company. Like granite, it is available in several styles and sizes to fit just about any bathroom or kitchen sink need. Though very different, both offer a variety of benefits.
Granite composites generally offer the same durability and style options as granite. Homeowners looking for nongranite materials can find several that resemble granite but are more eco-friendly and often less expensive. Mixes of granite dust and epoxy, Silestone and Zodiaq are the most common and most closely resemble the natural color combinations and textures of natural granite. Additionally, a granite-looking paper-based product and several laminates can be found online and through national retailers. For eco-friendly homes, concrete can be a fairly inexpensive alternative. Concrete can also incorporate tiles, shelves and other pieces to make them more personal and more closely resemble granite.
Moen was founded in the late 1940s and has since grown to be one of the dominant suppliers of fashionable and high-functioning sinks in the country. Moenstone is a continuation of its kitchen faucet and sink line. It is created using a granite composite and is one of the most durable materials in the business. It is especially durable against staining and breaking and requires little or no special maintenance. Sinks all come with their own drains and can be found in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles.
Both granite and Moenstone offer a variety of colors and textures. Granite and its composites are often multi-toned, either swirled or spotted with multiple hues. It is an all-natural product and can be used to lighten a room with dark cabinets or contrast lighter fixtures. Similarly, Moenstone features several color options and can be created with color accents to bring warmth and depth to the counter surface.
Granite is a durable countertop surface that is resistant to most types of damage and other issues. Once it is set up, it should be coated to provide scratch and heat resistance. This process should be repeated every 2 to 3 years, depending on the manufacturer. Moenstone provides similar amounts of durability, scratch and heat resistance. It doesn't require any additional coatings or special cleaning products, making it a bit more desirable for those who want to reduce cleaning.
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