Slate Countertop vs Marble Countertop

Slate countertops are beautiful additions to many homes and come with many benefits. Before you decide to install slate countertops in your kitchen or bathroom, consider how they compare with their marble counterparts.

Slate Countertops

  • Not Shiny and Limited Colors - Slate is a natural surface that can be honed, but it often has a dull elegance coming in red, deep purple, grey/black, green and sometimes turquoise.
  • Unique - The grains and strands that flow through the slate can not be replicated, so no 2 slate countertops are the same. This means you can not add onto it or replace small pieces.
  • Non-Porous and Heat Resistant - Because slate is a non-porous substance, bacteria can not penetrate it, nor can water or stains.  It is also heat-resistant, so pots and pans can be set directly on the surface. Cleaning is very easy.

Marble Countertops

  • Shiny and Multiple Styles - Marble countertops are polished to a high shine that lasts many years and comes in multiple colors. Similar pieces and patterns are not difficult to replicate.
  • Porous - Being porous, marble must be professionally sealed to avoid easily staining. If not sealed, bacteria and other substances can be difficult to clean.
  • Waterproof and Heat Resistant - Marble is 100 percent waterproof and naturally heat resistant. However, if the surface is sealed to resist stains, the sealant might be susceptible.