Granite kitchen counter tops have been the go-to standard for new homes and kitchen renovations for decades now, and for a good reason:
- Granite is a durable material that can stand up to kitchen wear and tear
- It looks good, and comes in a numer of styles, colors, and cuts to match any design
- It adds value to your home in case you decide to sell it in the future
Lately, butcher block has been a trendy choice for kitchen counter tops. While it too has an elegant look, it’s not without its drawbacks:
- If not properly sealed and maintained, butcher block countertops can store moisture and breed bacteria and germs
- If not regularly dried and treated properly, water can damage the look of butcher block, creating a dark “burned” look where it has pooled
- Wood is softer than stone materials like granite, and is more susceptible to scratches, dents, and other imperfections from kitchen tools and utensils
- It will require periodic refinishing
- That said, those are not the only possibilities. There is a third option that many don’t consider, but which features a nice balance between the unique look of butcher block with the strength and durability of granite: marble.
Although marble kitchen countertops are uncommon, they provide a lot of great benefits:
- Marble is one of the least expensive options for stone countertops
- It has a luxurious look that can brighten up a dark kitchen
- It is cool to the touch, making it easy to work with when preparing food directly on its surface
- Marble can be honed to a near-matte finish to help hide cuts and stains
So if you thought you only had a few options for your kitchen countertops, think again—and don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to your kitchen countertops!
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