Move Over, Marble! | 6 Countertop Materials to Consider for Your Home
Marble countertops are beautiful and timeless, but that doesn’t mean they are perfect. Don’t get us wrong, we love marble, but there are so many incredible alternatives out there that we couldn’t help but round up some of our favorites!
No. 1 | Quartzite
It looks and feels like marble but is more durable, like granite. There is a lot of confusion surrounding quartzite and for good reason. True quartzite is a natural stone and looks very similar to marble, but it is less susceptible to staining or scratches. The problem today is many fabricators or stone suppliers are labeling stone as quartzite but the properties of the stone are more in line with marble.
Looks like marble
Resistant to staining and scratching
Resistant to UV rays, which means no fading
Not heat resistant
Limited color options
Knife cuts can damage the sealant used
No. 2 | Terrazzo
This speckled beauty is completely customizable and engineered to withstand years of use. It also tends to be environmentally friendly as the glass and chips included in this man-made material are recycled. While terrazzo has been around for quite a while now, it has started popping up more & more as a modern alternative to stone countertops and has appeared in products like bowls, side tables, and even shelves.
Not readily available from most contractors
Requires regular cleaning and sealing
Can often cost as much as marble
No. 3 | Soapstone
Named for its soft-to-the-touch feel, the nonporous surface of soapstone makes it resistant to bacteria so cleaning is a breeze. You can skip harsh chemicals and instead opt for more environmentally friendly soap and water. The rich, dark color of soapstone can sometimes appear to be blue or green. Due to its soft nature, soapstone is more prone to nicks and scratches but these can easily be repaired with a bit of sandpaper.
Heat and stain resistant
No sealing required, just oil treatments
Needs regular oil treatments for consistent coloring
Very limited color options
No. 4 | Quartz
This is another man made creation, but unlike terrazzo, quartz can pass as real stone. Because it is man made, it is available in tons of different colors and styles. If you love marble but want a tougher alternative, quartz is the way to go. It can easily mimic the look of marble without being too obvious. Quartz is nonporous and stain resistant, meaning it’s perfect for a busy family who might not always have time to wipe up spills right away.
Stain and bacteria resistant
Stronger and more flexible than many stone options
Available in many colors and styles
Not heat resistant
Can cost just as much as natural stones
Can be difficult to color match when using multiple slabs
No. 5 | Concrete
Concrete countertops bring an industrial vibe to a space. They are custom poured for your space and can be poured elsewhere or directly in your home. Just like the concrete we walk on, the countertops are tough. However, they are not resistant to damage. They are extremely porous and will stain easily if not properly sealed and cared for.
Created just for your home
Very durable with proper care
Heat and scratch resistant
Prone to staining and discoloration without proper sealing
Requires a lot of care and attention
No. 6 | Butcher Block
Butcher block countertops bring a beautiful, natural touch to any kitchen. They are perfect for those who want to skip the cutting board and work directly on their countertop as the soft surface of the wood will not damage knives. Knives can damage the countertop, though. With a little bit of sanding and a good finishing oil, these countertops are built to last.
Easy to restore and care for
Wood has natural antibacterial properties
Prone to nicks and scratches
Requires routine maintenance and care