Other Options to Granite:Choosing Countertops for your Home

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

Wood


The Pros
Wood is readily available, sustainable, comes in a wide variety of colors and finishes, and is fairly affordable

The Cons 
Natural finishes require oiling and you must also be vigilant to keep the surface dry

Marble


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

Soapstone


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

Quartz


The Pros 
Extremely durable and very scratch, stain, and heat resistant
The Cons
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


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

Concrete


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Can be easily stained with water or heat damage if not stained, not many color options, can seem outdated

Glass


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

Stainless Steel


The Pros 
Heat and germ resistant, modern

The Cons
 Will show scratches and fingerprints, can be very noisy
Source: First American Home Warranty