Comparing Natural Stone Countertops

Today we have an amazing selection of materials to choose from when looking for a countertop. It can be a little daunting. We’ll be comparing some common countertop materials so you don’t have to. First up, we’re covering natural stone!



  • The most popular countertop material
  • Comes in a wide range of colors –  vibrant blues, deep reds, variegated browns and whites and more.
  • Few seams
  • Is treated to prevent staining- treatment can last 10-15 years
  • Should be cleaned with a stone cleaner- not an abrasive treatment
  • Depending on the color and complexity of cuts granite countertops can cost between $75 to $250 per square foot


  • Soapstone comes in far fewer colors than granite. The material is usually a dark greenish-black Lighter green-gray slabs are also fairly common.
  • Can be turned into a matching sink if desired
  • Requires treatment with mineral oil as soapstone is a porous surface
  • Costs between $100 to $150 per square foot


  • Typically comes in these five colors – green, red, gray, purple and black. Mottled and variegated purple slates which have shades of contrasting colors and visible veins are less common.
  • Like soapstone, slate can also be fabricated into a matching sink.
  • Slate is a non porous surface that requires minimal maintenance
  • Can be scratched because it is a relatively soft stone, buffing out scratches with steel wool is recommended
  • Can treat with lemon oil to give the slate a wet appearance
  • Costs between $100 to $200 per square foot depending on material and fabrication


  • Not as “natural” as the other materials mentioned, but quartz countertops are engineered using various sizes and grades of crystals to create slabs.
  • Can come in a variety of hues, patterns, and finishes that can mimic the look of other materials including granite and slate.
  • One of the hardest materials on Earth, quartz can withstand tough treatment.
  • Quartz countertops are made with ground quartz and a mixture of resins, resulting in a non-porous, scratch resistant surface that never needs to be sealed.
  • Costs between $65 and $ 100 a square foot.

We hope that you have found this quick comparison helpful. Next time we’ll be comparing solid-surfacing materials such as Corian. Keep check back for new posts.