Granite or Marble Kitchen Tops

Below are the advantages and disadvantages of granite and marble kitchen tops.

Granite kitchen tops

Advantages

  • Granite is the preferred stone for kitchen tops
  • Granite is the most durable kitchen top available
  • It will retain its beauty and hold its value longer than any other kitchen top
  • It is considered the second hardest stone and is scratch resistant to knives, pots and pans under normal use
  • Its polish is not subject to etching by household acids
  • Not affected by typical kitchen heat such as hot pans
  • It comes in various colours and structural compositions
  • Granite can be polished, honed or flamed
  • Polished granite will keep its high gloss virtually forever
  • New sealers makes granite kitchen tops almost maintenance-free

Disadvantages

  • Expensive
  • Granite can crack
  • It needs to be sealed as oily or acidic liquids could permanently stain the stone
  • Although it comes in various colours there are colour limitations
  • There are concerns over the cleanliness of granite as a kitchen top because of its porous composition

Marble kitchen tops

Advantages

  • Marble kitchen tops are known for its unique, luxurious, glossy and elegant finish
  • Honed marble will not etch as easily because of its matte finish
  • Almost unlimited colour variations
  • Very versatile

Disadvantages

  • Marble is softer than granite and cannot take heat without dulling the surface
  • Marble is used more often for bathroom vanity tops, Jacuzzi tops and fireplaces
  • It is easy to scratch and is affected by normal kitchen acidic substances, such as vinegars, ketchups etc.
  • Marble can partially loose its high-gloss as many chemicals can etch its surface
  • Sealing it helps somewhat but does not prevent etching entirely because it is porous
  • Because of it's extremely high price tag, marble is not often seen on the countertops of whole kitchens
  • Marble kitchen tops may need resealing periodically

See our FAQ about granite kitchen tops