Alternatives to Marble

 In blog, Countertops Aurora

Marble is an absolute delight. It has a smooth, elegant look complete with gorgeous veins that create a luxurious texture unlike any other countertop material. Marble, however, comes with a price. Not only does marble have a hefty price tag, but it’s also quite delicate. It looks soft in part because it is soft. Marble is susceptible to etching, chipping, and staining. If you know that marble isn’t the right choice for you, here are a few alternatives that may suit you better.

Granite

Granite is a countertop material that’s immensely popular, and it’s here to stay as a trend in kitchens and bathrooms. Granite is typically less expensive than marble, and it is more durable. However, granite does need to be sealed periodically to avoid stains. Granite comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, and each slab is different.

When you’re choosing any slab, you want to pick it out in person if possible. Granite can be unpredictable in terms of color patches and veins, and what you see in a small picture may not be what you get with the real deal.

Soapstone

Soapstone is a wonderful alternative to marble, but it has a completely different texture and color. It’s naturally darker in color, and part of its charm is that it builds up a patina over time. It ranges in color from dark greens to dark grays and soft blacks. Soapstone has an interesting feel and feels almost, well, soapy. It feels soft to the touch but the material is durable and resistant to etching and scratching that can happen with marble.

Alternatives to Marble

Neolith

Neolith countertops are interesting because they are made from recycled quartz, glass, and porcelain to create a stain resistant, scratch-resistant countertop that still has some personality, much like stone. If you want something modern and durable, neolith is the answer. As a bonus, it’s available in a variety of colors.

If you live in the Denver metro area and you’re planning a bath or kitchen remodel, contact Niron Depot. Take a tour of our showroom and compare stone slabs in person.