Did you know that more than half of home renovation projects include kitchen updates or makeovers? According to the U.S. Census Bureau and Wall Street Journal, it’s true. It may not be surprising considering kitchens are where families spend much of their time cooking, eating, cleaning and even hosting. Some may even argue it’s the heart of the home. The Wall Street Journal also says, “Americans spend an average of $42,000 on a kitchen upgrade… Depending on what materials you choose, countertops can make up a big portion of your budget.” Sticker shock? Don’t let the average cost fool you. There are many cost saving ways to remodel your kitchen and the materials you select for each aspect of it can greatly influence your budget. In this post, we’ll review the difference between two of the most popular countertop options — granite and marble.
What is the Difference Between Granite or Marble Countertops?
Granite is typically the countertop of choice when money is not an issue. Historically, it has been the more expensive material, although engineered stone has brought the overall cost down. Granite is an extremely durable and heat resistant material. It’s porous material requires expert installation to ensure it doesn’t crack from long term use or stress to the material. This also requires resealing to avoid stains or deep damage to the countertops.
Take a look at this recent kitchen renovation featuring these gorgeous granite countertops in this Finksburg, MD home. At Owings Brothers, the granite options are abundant. This allows us to work with each client individually on their style preferences while maintaining their budget.
No two sheets of marble are the same. Each piece is uniquely cut allowing for slight organic variations in the stone. Because it’s the higher cost option of the two, marble is sometimes used as an accent piece in a kitchen, whether it’s an island, baking area or a wet bar. However, many families still choose to select the marble countertops as their ‘splurge’ piece of the space. Marble is not as durable as granite, leaving it exposed to stains and scratching. Newer sealants have helped prevent long-term damage, but it still requires regular care and attention to maintain its appearance.
You’ll see the marble come to life in this kitchen makeover featuring these breathtaking marble countertops in this Roland Park, MD home. At Owings Brothers, there are several marble options to choose from. Although more limited in options, its uniqueness is what makes our clients love marble stones.
If you’re still having difficulty choosing, don’t worry, you’re not alone. The New York Times indicates that it’s one of the more difficult decisions when selecting each aspect of your home renovation. Our expert team is here to help you weigh the pros and cons of each and select the best countertop option for your family.
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