Choosing a Kitchen Countertop

When it comes time to choose a new countertop it can be so hard to decide what you want. Do I want Marble? Granite? Quartz? Maybe something a little different like metal? Or wood? It’s best to look at it from the practical side of things. Wood scores easily. You can stick knives right into it and it can also burn with hot pots and pans. It may be the most unique of the options but it’s not very practical. And metal is tough and rugged but is that really the style you want in your personal kitchen? Sure it stands up to any test you put it through but it’d feel like an industrial kitchen. If you’re no master chef it might not be the best option.

Which brings us down to stones.

Marble countertops have always been a highly desired stone since it's available in such vibrant whites and cream colors. It’s one of the stone that built the Taj Mahal! Who wouldn’t want that in their house? It’s beautiful and lively but it can come at a hefty price and is really soft compared to other stones. Marble stains a lot more easily than other stones because of how porous it is and is also easily scratched. Although it's a gorgeous stone, you have to be very careful with it. Reseal it often so it doesn’t stain and scratch like crazy.

Quartz is another gorgeous countertop that has some flaws. Like marble, it comes on the pricier side and can still stain if not sealed. However, you don’t have to seal it nearly as often as marble and it is a much more durable countertop so it doesn’t scratch as easily as marble. One thing that does stand out with quartz over marble is the heat dispersion and color. Quartz does a much better job of dispersing heat from hot pots and pans than marble does and the colors are a lot more uniform. When looking at a quartz you can achieve brighter whites and more rich tones because it is a man-made stone, unlike marble.

If you decide to go with a granite countertop there are hundreds of options for you to choose from and it can be hard to decide. There are so many gorgeous patterns and colors to choose from but how do you know it will be the right choice? Granite is a natural stone, like marble, but is a lot more durable than marble and a lot less prone to staining, not as much as quartz but still extremely easy to clean as long as it’s sealed. This stone is also fairly cheaper than the other two stones and offers much more of variety for the price difference. It’s not prone to scratching like marble and, as long as it’s sealed, can be stronger than quartz. The heat dispersion however is a significant improvement from quartz. No pot holders needed for this countertop!

With all of this in mind it’s easy to look at marble and say “well that’s just not going to work,” but based on your needs and preferences, marble, or any countertop, can work in any home. It’s best to go into the selection process knowing all the facts so you can easier determine what your needs are. If you have kids and know you’ll be making pb&j on those counters at least 4 times a week, marble and granite might not be the best choice for you. Stains and scratching are important to keep in mind if you have a family. If you’re a couple whose kids are all off to college or have their own families, quartz or marble can work for you. It all depends on the situation and the needs of the kitchen. Practicality is key.

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