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Finding the Perfect Kitchen Countertop Material

Installing a kitchen countertop is a big deal. Whether you’re doing a full kitchen remodel or simply a kitchen countertop replacement, making sure that you land on the right material is critical for how the room comes together.

At Capitol Granite, we’ve got kitchen countertop options that are both beautiful and durable. Let us tell you a bit more about them so you can make a choice you feel good about.

When you remodel your space with Capitol Granite, you are receiving more than just a job well done. We take great pride in our work and our customer’s satisfaction.

That is why it is our mission to provide our clients with the highest quality kitchen and bathroom countertops, cabinets, and flooring, with an unmatched level of workmanship to ensure a precise and beautiful finished product. How we do this you may ask? It’s no secret.


There’s no denying that kitchen countertops in granite are some of the most popular. This natural stone is a top choice for countertops because of its toughness and beauty—it comes in all sorts of bold colorations and patterns and has the power to make a drab kitchen come to life.

Granite is a heat-resistant, extremely hard stone. In fact, it’s so hard that the reason you should always use a cutting board is not to protect the granite, but to protect your knife.

Since granite is porous, a sealing routine keeps it impervious to stains and protected from germs and bacteria.

Granite pros:

  • It’s heat and scratch resistant.
  • It’s durable.
  • It has diverse aesthetics.

Granite Cons:

  • It can be expensive.
  • It requires sealant.
  • It can be difficult to install.


Marble kitchen countertops are the top choice for stunning aesthetics. Marble comes in a variety of colors, all with beautiful and unique veining patterns that are made from mineral deposits.

Marble doesn’t easily crack, chip, or break, and it’s also quite heat resistant. But since it’s softer than granite, and more porous too, it can be susceptible to scratching and staining. It needs regular sealing in order to keep it tough against such damage.

Marble pros:

  • It’s heat resistant.
  • It’s unlikely to crack or break.
  • It has beautiful veining.
  • It’s durable and long lasting.

Marble cons:

  • It may scratch or stain.
  • It needs regular sealing.
  • It can be expensive.


Kitchen countertops in quartz are the most durable choice. They’re made of natural quartz particles, which are bound together by polymers and resins and colored by pigments. This is a nonporous material that doesn’t need to be sealed, and it’s easy to maintain and keep clean.

This material comes in a wide range of aesthetics. You’ll find quartz slabs with all different looks—they can even be made to mimic the look of natural stone.

Quartz pros:

  • It’s easy to maintain.
  • There’s no sealing required.
  • It’s resistant to stains, mold, and mildew.
  • It offers a diverse range of aesthetic options.

Quartz cons:

  • It’s not as heat resistant as natural stones.
  • It cannot be installed outside (direct sunlight causes fading).
  • It may scratch.

Butcher Block

People often decide between maple, oak, teak, ash, or bamboo for their butcher block countertops, and all selections are gorgeous.

Butcher block countertops are durable, but they are made of wood, which is fibrous—and that means that they can become scratched, stained, and burned if you’re not careful. Sanding and resealing periodically can help the wood regain its looks and integrity, and your butcher block countertop should be oiled regularly. It will also benefit from a sealing routine to prevent germs and bacteria from sneaking into the fibrous surface.

Butcher block pros:

  • It’s durable and long lasting.
  • It’s eco-friendly.
  • It’s great in farmhouse-style kitchens.

Butcher block cons:

  • It’s vulnerable to moisture and staining.
  • It’s a porous material, susceptible to bacteria.
  • It must be oiled and sealed regularly.

Making the Decision

At the end of the day, only you can decide which kitchen countertop is right for your home—but Capitol Granite can help. Give us a call today, and we’ll get the ball rolling.


3 Simple Steps to a Successful Project:

Complimentary virtual or in-person consultation.

Choose your material and set a date.

We get to work and make your vision a reality.


Experience quality and longevity when investing in your home.

Work with Capitol Granite.