Artisans of Stone creates beautiful and quality countertops in Roanoke, VA. We’re dedicated to delivering the highest quality natural stone and quartz countertops at a low price. Our highly skilled artisans can create beautiful surfaces for your kitchen and bath.

The 4 Most Common Countertop Materials

When it comes to your countertops, there are a number of materials that you can choose from. Natural stones like granite, marble, and limestone, as well as engineered stone like quartz, are some of the most popular countertop materials, and for good reason. We specialize in handcrafting countertops out of all of these materials. We are happy to discuss each material with you to help you make the perfect choice.

Pros and Cons of Each

Each material has its pros and cons, so it really comes down both to your budget and your wants/needs for your countertop. Here is some helpful information about each of these popular countertop materials:

  • Marble is the most expensive of the four materials discussed here, but it is also the most luxurious. Each piece is unique and a true work of art. With that said, marble tends to be less durable than some of the other materials, and can scratch or stain. A sealant helps to protect marble from such damage.
  • Granite is becoming an increasingly popular choice for countertops, and for good reason. Like marble, granite carries a higher price tag than some of the other options, but it is also extremely durable. Because the stone is porous, it will require periodic sealing, but other than that, it holds up to elements like heat very well.
  • Limestone is the final of the 3 natural stone materials discussed here. If you’re looking for the look and feel of marble, but at a more affordable price, then limestone might be the perfect choice for you. However, keep in mind that like marble, limestone is also scratchable and more susceptible to damage than harder stones like granite.
  • Quartz is an engineered stone, which means that it’s made up of quartz particles and other stone materials, which have all been processed and placed together, instead of occurring naturally like the other 3 materials discussed here. With that said, this manufactured element means that it comes in a variety of colors and styles and is more easily customizable. In addition, quartz is also a great choice because it doesn’t require as much upkeep, such as routine sealing, like some of the natural stone countertops.

Contact Us

As you can see, each of these popular countertop materials comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. If you’re still unsure about which direction you want to go with your countertops, we can help you decide. Just give us a call or stop by to see us at Artisans of Stone in Roanoke, VA