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Remodeling your kitchen or bathroom is fun and exciting and a little overwhelming. You’ve got a vision in your head of how you want it to look, what you want the feel of the room to be. But how do you pick a material you know will both last you, and offer the aesthetics you’re looking for?

What goes into selecting the right countertop material and how do you make sure it’s money and time well spent?

There are three big options in countertops no matter the room. You want something that will last, that can take some use and punishment, and you want something that will provide a fair amount of beauty and compliment your aesthetic desires for your home. Where do you turn? Your options are going to be many but the big three are granite, marble, and quartz.

Below is some information on all three materials of counter for you to peruse as you select your best possible countertop material option.


Granite is among the most durable materials you could select for a countertop. It’s far tougher than builder grade materials that tend to come as defaults for countertops and stands up extremely well to weathering, wear, and tear. It doesn’t stain, knives can’t scratch it, and it comes in dozens of color options because of the diverse nature of granite. That being said, it does require some maintenance on your end to keep it sealed and protected.


One of the best things about marble countertops is they look particularly luxurious, but they’re one of the more cost-effective options available. Marble, like granite, is durable and resistant to scratching and cracking, though it’s not quite as tough as granite. It has a beautiful distinct look and durability and longevity to keep it looking that beautiful for years to come.


Thanks to its nonporous nature, quartz is resistant to stains and actually avoids permanent stains even better than granite, marble, and concrete. It can handle food spills in the kitchen and spills from your oil-based cleansers in the bathroom. It’s also extremely clean, warding off bacteria and viruses because its smooth surface gives them nowhere to hide.

Related Questions

What’s the cost?

Granite is among the more expensive options, but it’s also got the widest price range offering some flexibility. Quartz is similarly priced but lacks the same spectrum of pricing granite does. Marble is among the most cost-effective options in comparison to most stone countertop options.

What is the easiest material to maintain?

Quartz is nonporous and solid surfaces tend to be the least labor intensive when it comes to countertop maintenance. Granite is resistant to stains but it’s porous which means it’s not invincible. Marble is also porous, and it can be a softer material than the other two.

Talk to your countertop professional to find out what options are going to work best for you and ensure your countertop is everything you want it to be.

At Wisconsin Granite Design, we will help make the process of choosing a countertop for your kitchen or bath remodel easy. Our designers are here to help, and our vast selection of countertop materials ensures that you will find the perfect countertop solution. We specialize in granite, marble and quartz and offer budget friendly designs and installation. Call us today for a Free Design Consultation!