Choosing kitchen countertops can be a head-scratcher, especially when faced with two alluring natural stone options: granite and marble countertops. Both boast unique benefits, but knowing their key differences is crucial for making the right decision. When it comes to choosing kitchen countertops, both materials offer a range of benefits, but they also have some key differences to consider.
Granite: The Durable Classic
First, let’s talk about granite. Known for its durability and resistance to scratches, stains, and heat, granite is a popular choice for kitchen countertops. Plus, it comes in a dazzling array of colors and patterns, ensuring you find the perfect fit for your style and design. Granite is also relatively low-maintenance, requiring only periodic sealing to maintain its luster. It comes in a wide range of colors and patterns, so you can find a look that fits your personal style and kitchen design.
Marble: The Elegant Charmer
On the other hand, marble is a softer and more porous stone, making it more susceptible to scratching and staining. However, its captivating veining and character imbue any kitchen with an air of timeless elegance. Bakers, rejoice! Marble’s cool surface is a dream for keeping dough from becoming a sticky mess. Just be prepared for prompt spill cleanups and reseal regularly to preserve its beauty.
So, Granite or Marble?
So, which one is right for you? It really comes down to your personal preference and the needs of your household. If you’re looking for a durable and low-maintenance option, granite might be the way to go. If you’re willing to put in a little extra care in exchange for a stunning and unique look, marble could be the choice for you.
In reality these choices are not binary either. There are many countertop materials which represent blends of marble and granite. A good example is the pictured fantasy brown slab.
Slabs like the fantasy brown pictured above are much more affordable than authentic Italian marble and can incorporate the best elements of both material: beautiful flow and patterning combined with scratch resistance and enhanced durability. Bakers beward though: this type of gneiss rock material will not be as soft and dough-friendly as marble.
If you want to learn more, check out our handy dandy countertop guide which lays out all of the materials options available to you. Or schedule a time to meet with our design team at our showroom in Lacey at your convenience. We’re here to help you throughout the process!