I am building a new house and would like to use some type of stone for my kitchen countertops. Is marble or granite best?
Both marble and granite can be used for a kitchen countertops but each has its advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side, marble is available in an unlimited number of colors. The down side is that it scratches very easily and is sensitive to acids --it will etch when acids come in contact with it. Granite, on the other hand, is very scratch resistant and will hold up well against damage from cutting on it. However, granite can be very porous and if you are doing a lot of cooking with hot oil, it can stain easily. Granite can be effectively protected against staining if you seal it with a good quality stone sealer. For kitchens, most stone countertops are, and the overall best choice, is granite.