Granite, Concrete, or Soapstone?

Granite, Concrete, or Soapstone?

If you are in the process of picking out new countertops for your Gilbert kitchen, you might be considering using granite, concrete or soapstone for the material. Granite and concrete are two of the more popular countertop materials for your Gilbert kitchen, while soapstone is less popular, but each material has its own benefits and disadvantages which are discussed briefly below.

 

Benefits of granite countertops for your Gilbert kitchen

Granite countertops are a popular choice for a Gilbert kitchen remodel because they are durable, long lasting, and relatively easy to maintain. They are polished to a nice gloss finish and then sealed for stain resistance, and they always add value to your kitchen. Granite countertops are almost universally appreciated, so if you are deciding to sell your home in the near future it can be a great choice. Granite countertops are also usually more expensive than other types of materials.

 

Why you might choose concrete countertops for your Gilbert kitchen remodel

Concrete countertops are fashioned from manmade materials so they don’t have the natural appeal of granite. In spite of this, they can be widely customized with a huge range of textures, colors, and appearances, while the choices for granite and soapstone are much more limited. Concrete can be perfectly matched to a particular Gilbert kitchen color scheme and design. It is usually about the same in cost as granite countertops or slightly less, depending on how much work is needed to produce the countertop, as well as customizations.

 

Benefits of soapstone countertops for your Gilbert kitchen

Soapstone is a natural stone that you might consider for your Gilbert kitchen countertops. Soapstone is not a soft stone but it is softer than granite. The type of soapstone that is used for countertops is harder than the soapstone used for carving. Soapstone countertops have a softer feeling than granite countertops, and can be more resistant to staining than granite. Soapstone countertops may however be more prone to scratching and denting, which is a major consideration for your Gilbert kitchen. Although the countertops do not need to be sealed they will need to be treated with mineral oil about once per month, which is an extra maintenance step that granite does not have.