Deciding Between Granite and Marble Countertops

If you are trying to decide whether to choose granite or marble for your countertops, this article may help. You’ll learn what to expect regarding the differences in price, durability, appearance, and maintenance for each of these stones, which should enable you to make an informed decision.


The price of marble and granite depends on the quality of the slab. In general, marble is usually a little bit more expensive than granite. Also keep in mind that the installation process, such as edge selection, complexity and number of cuts, and modifications needed for electricity and plumbing, can affect the price of countertops, regardless of the stone type.


Marble and granite are both very durable, heat resistant countertop materials. However, marble is softer than granite, therefore, more susceptible to chips, scratches, and other damage. Marble is also more porous than granite, absorbing liquids more quickly, which means it is more likely to stain.


Granite and marble offer a wide variety of colors, textures, and veining. Granite can be speckled or veined, while marble is almost entirely veined. Although selection based on appearance is subjective and based on personal preference, some people choose granite with a marble-like appearance as an alternative to marble since granite is more durable.


Most experts agree that granite is easier to maintain than marble. Both stones should be regularly cleaned with stone-safe, pH-neutral cleaner. Regularly scheduled professional cleaning and sealing will keep countertops looking great long term. Depending on the amount of use and wear countertops see, occasional repair and refinishing services may be necessary scratched, etched, chipped, or otherwise damaged tops.

Feel free to contact us with any specific questions you may have regarding granite and marble countertops.

This is one of a series of articles written and published on behalf of Surface Care PRO Partners.