Goodbye Granite? The Pro's and Con's of Alternative Countertops

Goodbye Granite – the Pros and Cons to Alternative Countertops

 
Raquel Riddle
Goodbye Granite – the Pros and Cons to Alternative Countertops

Looking for something more unique than granite in your kitchen and bathrooms? These beautiful alternatives are sure to make a statement.

Wood

Wood Counter

 

The Pros

 

The Cons

 
  Wood is readily available, sustainable, comes in a wide variety of colors and finishes, and is fairly affordable   Natural finishes require oiling and you must also be vigilant to keep the surface dry  

Marble

Marble Counter

 

The Pros

 

The Cons

 
  Softer stone than granite, easier to cut and work with, heat resistant, durable, sustainable, and beautiful   Easily scratched and stained  

 

Soapstone

Soapstone Counter

 

The Pros

 

The Cons

 
  Durable, dense, ages well, and cost effective   Rough texture, requires maintenance, and doesn’t come in a wide range of colors  

Quartz

Quartz Counter

 

The Pros

 

The Cons

 
  Extremely durable and very scratch, stain, and heat resistant   Can discolor over time if in direct sunlight, may not look as seamless as granite when covering a large space since they are usually manufactured in pre-determined sizes  

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic Counter

 

The Pros

 

The Cons

 
  Heat resistant, comes in every color imaginable   Grout can become easily stained, counter surface is uneven, and tiles can often crack  

Concrete

Concrete Counter

 

The Pros

 

The Cons

 
  Very durable if sealed, heat resistant, and a wide variety of textures   Can be easily stained with water or heat damage if not stained, not many color options, can seem outdated  

Glass

Glass Counter

 

The Pros

 

The Cons

 
  Heat, stain, and germ resistant, and very customizable   Can chip or break depending on tempering, may show fingerprints  

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel Counter

 

The Pros

 

The Cons

 
  Heat and germ resistant, modern   Will show scratches and fingerprints, can be very noisy  
 

 

 
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