Granite has been one of the most popular materials for kitchen and bathroom countertops for years and years. For good reason, granite is a beautiful and durable natural stone. But for those who want a look that stands out, there are other options for gorgeous countertops. Here are a few of our favorites.
Marble is a classic material for countertops and other architectural features of homes, as well as famous statues and works of art. It is an excellent material for those who prefer the traditional look, as well as bakers; marble does not conduct heat and provides a cool surface for working dough. Marble comes in both white and light colors, as well as dark colors, all with unique natural veining.
Quartz is, unlike granite and marble, an engineered stone. Quartz has a couple of benefits, including the variety of color options (pretty much any color you can imagine), as well as availability. While the granite pattern you loved might run out, quartz can always be produced. Additionally, quartz is easy to clean and maintain and resists scratching and staining. If you’re still torn between quartz and granite, read our head-to-head quartz vs. granite comparison.
Soapstone is another great-looking natural stone, and it has been used in kitchens, particularly farmhouse kitchens, for hundreds of years. It’s durable and comes in shades of gray, green, and blue, and features marble-like veining. Read more about the pros and cons of soapstone counters here.
Quartzite (not to be confused with quartz, check out Quartz vs. Quartzite: What’s the Difference for more information) is a natural stone material, occurring in whites, grays, reds, and pinks. Like granite, it is durable, hard, and resists staining and heat. Since it is so similar to quartz, its differences are really in the uniqueness of its appearance, as a natural rather than engineered stone.
Slate is super attractive as a countertop material for its appearance, as well as its performance. Slate requires less maintenance than granite or marble, while having all the beauty and variations of a natural stone. It occurs in black, gray, brown, and pewter shades, some even with accents of red, green, or blue. Plus slate is non-porous, making it easy to clean and free of bacteria and stains.
We have more than just granite! Check out our variety of stone slabs at our Grand Haven showroom.