When it comes to counter tops, there are so many options to choose from! Many of my customers narrow it down to marble or granite, but then have a hard time deciding between the two. Marble and granite counter tops are similar in price, but are also very different when it comes to certain things. Since one of the questions I get asked the most is “What’s the difference between marble and granite?” I thought I’d break down some of the pros and cons for you here.
Marble Counter tops
Marble counter tops are considered the Cadillac of counter tops. Nothing compares to marble’s classic beauty. If you can handle the maintenance, you will love the look. Marble looks great in both kitchens and bathrooms, too.
- Natural Coolness.
- Comes in a variety of colors and patterns.
- Smooth surface.
- Won’t chip or dent.
- Expensive ($100-400/foot).
- Can stain easily.
- Can be scratched or etched by acids (citrus, coffee, alcohol, some cleaning products) even if you seal it.
- Tough to hide seams.
Granite has a rich beauty that few other counter top materials can match. Granite is also a natural product that will work well in both the kitchen and bathroom. It has a lot of the same qualities as marble, but is a popular option for busy families with children because of the low-maintenance and durability factors.
- More durable than marble.
- Won’t scratch.
- Resistant to stains, heat and water if sealed.
- High resale value.
- Lots of color options.
- Expensive. ($100-400/foot)
- Requires resealing about once a year.
- Each slab is different, so what you pick out in the showroom may not be what you get.
- Tough to hide seams.
If you asked me which one is better, I’d say that whether you choose marble or granite depends on your needs. I’ve seen absolutely breathtaking kitchen layouts with marble counter tops that look like something out of a magazine. I’ve also seen gorgeous granite counter tops that still look new after withstanding years of abuse from rambunctious kids and their messes. I think that it’s important to consider your lifestyle both now and in the future when making the choice.
Also, remember that if you just love the look of marble or granite, you can choose laminate counter tops for a lower price. (More on laminate counter tops in another post!) Then you can grab up some of these awesome marble and granite products with the money you saved!
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