Marble or Granite?
When you are building your new home, the kitchen is often the room that takes the most consideration. After all, there are any number of choices to make, from the style of cabinets to install to the type of appliances to use. Of course, one of the most common (and difficult) choices to make is what kind of countertops you want.
While some people go for laminate or tile, you may be stuck between choosing granite or marble. If you're unsure which is best for you, consider these factors:
Both marble and granite require regular resealing, since they are both porous. Usually, they need to be resealed once a year. However, if you put constant wear and tear on your counters, you may need to seal them more often. Both marble and granite are hard substances, but can be dinged or scratched. Usually, a simple epoxy filler can repair any damage. However, marble may require professional help for more severe damage.
The reason marble and granite are often chosen for countertops is due to their durability. Granite is the most durable natural countertop available, followed very closely by marble. Both resist chipping and cracking, and are wiped clean very easily. Both are also heat resistant. However, marble is a bit more porous than granite, and may stain more easily if it's not sealed properly.
Both marble and granite can put a ding in your budget if you aren't prepared for the cost. They must be installed by professionals, as they are heavy surfaces that are difficult to cut to shape. The cost of granite has gone down in recent years, making it a preferable choice for those on a tighter budget. Though marble is expensive, the cost can be reduced by using tiles instead of large slabs.
Of course, at the end of the day you want countertops that are attractive. Marble is more elegant, often coming in options of black or white with that characteristic veining running through the stone. Granite is sometimes considered more "homey," and offers a wider variety of color and pattern options, allowing you more choice in matching the rest of your kitchen and house. Ultimately, neither choice offers a clear advantage over the other when it comes to appearance.
Though choosing the right countertops may take some deliberation, having a say in the total aesthetic of your home is just one of the many advantages of building your own house. If you are considering building your own home, Frank Betz Associates can help. Contact us today to learn more about our award-winning designs!