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Which Stone Countertop is Right for You?

Marble, Quartz, and Granite all have their benefits, but which one is the right choice?

Within a kitchen, the countertops are one of the main focal points. So, most people put a lot of thought into what type of look and material they will be installing. If you’re thinking of choosing a stone option, there are 3 popular choices: granite; quartz; and marble. While they may seem similar, they are all quite different in their properties.

Granite

Granite has been the long-time king of the stone countertop market, and for good reason. It’s distinct patterning has been in trend since the 1970s. Notably, granite can withstand almost anything, as it is heat, scratch, chemical, and stain resistant. Once you finish cooking a meal, you can place your hot pot or pan directly onto the countertop without fear. Because granite is not very porous, it is also resistant to stains. It’s still recommended that you take care of stains once they happen, but the likelihood of a tomato sauce stain is rare. For these reasons, granite has significant longevity. Some say it can last about 50 years or so, but others say it can practically last forever.

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Granite countertop in a transitional kitchen. (Source: Keystone Granite and Tile)

Quartz

Quartz is manufactured from natural stone; smaller stones are secured together with a resin. This means that quartz countertops are not made of 100% stone, which may matter to some people. Also, because of this, some may find the patterns and marbling to be less organic and realistic compared to granite and marble. However, this also means that you can choose from a wider range of colors and styles than with other types of stone countertops. There are quartz countertops that come in modern greys, calming blues, and intense reds.

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Quartz countertop in a rustic, transitional kitchen. (Source: Kitchen Magic)

Marble

Marble has become more popular in recent years for its sleek and modern look, but they are considerably more effort than their competitors. Marble is much more porous, meaning it has more holes and thus can stain quite easily — especially is messes are not taken care of immediately. This means that marble countertops need a bit more maintenance than the above options. You always need to make sure that there is a good coating of sealant on the countertop as to not let anything stain the stone. Sealing can be done at home, but it is necessary to periodically have your countertops professionally sealed. This applies to each type of countertop, but marble in particular needs extra attention.

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Marble countertops in a rustic, transitional kitchen. (Source: Aria Stone Gallery)
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Marble countertops in our kitchen showroom at our Chico location. (Source: California Renovation)

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