Granite countertops have been standard in kitchens, especially in new construction homes, for several decades now. Some homebuyers won’t even consider a home that doesn’t have them. However, granite does have several distinct disadvantages, such as being hard to care for and somewhat expensive. Some homeowners are simply tired of it and ready to embrace something new. Other natural stone countertops are similar in that they require a granite chiseled edge tool for shaping but may offer some advantages over granite. There are other materials to look into as well.
Soapstone is resistant to bacteria, which can be a major benefit for a kitchen countertop where food preparation takes place. It is cheaper than granite and can last for many years, taking on a rustic patina that makes it only more beautiful over time.
The major downside of marble is that it is not cheaper than granite. In fact, it is even more expensive. The major advantage of marble is that it gives a kitchen a distinct look of elegance. Marble is also versatile, with a neutral palette that coordinates with all colors of flooring and cabinets. Marble is currently trending up, but the look is so timeless and classic that it will never really go out of style.
A concrete countertop is not really made out of natural stone, and some may be suspicious of its industrial vibe. However, a major advantage of a concrete countertop is that it is highly customizable because it is poured according to your specifications.
There are also engineered countertops that offer at least as many customization options as concrete. Examples include epoxy, solid surface, and quartz countertops. Even laminate countertops have advanced to the point that they now closely mimic the appearance of natural stone at a fraction of the cost. The casual observer is unlikely to tell the difference on visual inspection alone.