Onyx Countertop Tile Slabs

Kitchen Bathroom Onyx Countertop Tile Slabs

If you're looking for new countertops that will add a touch of class to your kitchen or bathroom, you have probably looked at both marble and granite. These are common materials that both look stunning and are durable. But some people are now turning to onyx countertops for an extra special touch. Is it the right decision?

Well, it might be. If you're looking for something beautiful, rare, and unique, onyx could be right for you. But there is a lot of know about ONYX before adding it into your home.

Onyx Countertops Pros and Cons

Onyx is fragile: A lot of people think all stones are "rock hard" and completely solid, but that's simply not the case. Onyx is the perfect example of a stone that requires extra care. Onyx countertops typically include a fiberglass backing compound to strengthen the slab and keep it together.

What this means is that onyx slabs are not able to be extracted from the ground as well as other stones, so the slabs are much smaller in size than something like granite (a very hard stone.) Onyx is also soft so you have to becareful or you will scratch up the surface. Anything hard or sharp will have no trouble scraping your counter top. Another danger is any acidic liquid – think vinegar or lemon juice. If you spill any of this stuff on onyx, it could "etch" and dull the surface. Red wine will do the trick, too!

Onyx Maintenance is needed!

You can't just install ONYX countertops and be done with it. Onyx needs to be sealed properly and then cleaned with special stone cleaner at frequent intervals to make it less-prone to scratching and staining. If your countertops see normal daily use, plan for the expense of having them refinished periodically.

Onyx is positively beautiful!

Though onyx is expensive and rather impractical, there is no denying the sheer beauty of the stone. It comes in a variety of colors and the "veining" adds contrasting colors to make these slabs look like works of art. The light hits it and it shines, brightening up the room. For even more appeal, try backlit onyx, which has a wonderful glow that you can't get any other way.


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