Stone Countertop vs Granite Countertop

A granite countertop.

When choosing a countertop there are advantages and disadvantages of both stone and granite. Here are a few guidelines to help you decide which is best for you.

Granite Countertops

Granite countertops are affordable and unique. Since no two pieces are alike, you can be assured that no one else will have your countertop. They sparkle in the light and will change appearance throughout the day because of the flecks found naturally in them. They are durable, usually scratch resistant, and very strong.

Granite can be hard to polish and it should be sealed, although this isn’t absolutely necessary. Once it’s been polished, it’s difficult to wear off the polish. Sealing the granite isn’t difficult. It’s similar to the process you would use to wax a car.


There are several other stones you can find countertops in. Quartz countertops can be expensive but are extremely durable. They look very decorative and are available in a variety of color variations that appear naturally. They are also fairly scratch resistant.


Soapstone countertops are ideal for outdoor uses. They are resistant to variations in the weather and temperature. They aren’t as expensive as other stones, but also aren’t the best choice for a kitchen or bathroom.


A marble counter.

Marble countertops are one of the most sought after countertops around. They are beautiful to look at, and available in a slew of colors. Marble countertops can stain easily and is the softest mineral used in countertops.

They can be easily damaged and hard to repair. They are also quite expensive. A marble countertop would be better in a bathroom that doesn’t get much use, and active families with children may want to avoid using marble.