Thinking of remodeling your kitchen? It’s never too early to start thinking about some of the big design decisions that could affect the kitchen’s overall aesthetic and even your home! One of the most important choices you’ll have to make is what your countertops look like, particularly the material they’re made of. When it comes to stone, most people find themselves choosing between granite, marble, or quartz countertops.
Depending on your lifestyle, budget, and personal taste, one stone may be better suited for your kitchen than another. So let’s take a deep dive into the pros and cons of each so that you can make a design and functional decision that’s right for your home.
Granite is one of the most popular choices in many home kitchens; most people immediately think of granite countertops when they think of their dream kitchens! Granite is known for its distinct patterns cut from natural slabs of stones and comes in a range of colors and grain patterns.
- Pros: Durable, heat resistant, affordable (roughly $30-$100/square foot), range of styles.
Though granite is one of the first stone countertops that came into popularity, quartz quickly followed as an excellent alternative, especially if you’re looking for a processed natural stone. Quartz is an engineered surface that is often about 90% natural quartz and 10% polyresin, creating an attractive stone that can take on the look of almost anything, even mimicking the look of higher-end stones.
- Pros: Versatile, non-porous, durable, maintenance-free.
- Cons: Sensitive to heat, more expensive, and can sometimes look overly manufactured.
Marble countertops add the perfect amount of elegance, luxury, and class to a kitchen and can even be the focal point of the kitchen if you want it to be. And with marble countertops, that’s precisely what you’re getting: pure marble, just like the statues!
- Pros: Timeless, comes in different colors and grain patterns, luxurious, and easier to install.
- Cons: Costly, scratch and stain prone, higher-maintenance, and requires specific cleaning solutions.
SAI Home Creations is an established provider of top-quality cabinets, vanities, and countertops in the Tampa Bay area. Our experienced staff is passionate about helping you choose the perfect look for your kitchen and bathroom that fits your budget. Our designer showroom has a large array of products, from granite, marble, and quartz countertops in over 200 different colors and styles to a vast selection of cabinets. From custom-fitted kitchen cabinets to bathroom vanities, we have it all!