Phoenix Kitchen Remodeling: Granite Countertop Alternatives

Marble CountertopWhile granite is one of today’s most popular types of kitchen countertops, it may not always appeal to some people or work in every kitchen design scenario.

While finding attractive, high-value alternatives to granite might seem daunting at first, fortunately, there are numerous options that offer durability, aesthetics and a great return on your investment.

Here are several popular granite alternative kitchen countertops we recommend:

Stainless Steel

Creating a sleek, clean and modern look, stainless steel is resistant to staining and heat. If you are a cooking lover and want a counter that you can put through the wringer, this is an ideal choice. The material is easy to clean, although keeping the surface clear of fingerprints and smudges can be challenging. Stainless steel countertops have extremely long life expectancies.


Concrete is another highly functional material that can create eye-pleasing countertops. Concrete combines the modern look of stainless steel with the natural appeal of stone surfaces. It is highly versatile; and, you can choose the color, thickness and shape. Extremely durable and easy to install, concrete is an appealing solution for many homeowners. The only drawback is that it can be vulnerable to various stains, so it’s important to regularly clean and seal.


Whether you choose clean, classic, white marble or one of the dozens of other colors available, marble creates an inviting and timeless look in the kitchen. Natural mineral deposits and impurities give rise to streaks, specks and unusual patterns, which ensure each marble countertop is unique. In fact, some marble countertops are often more affordable than their granite equivalents. Compared to granite, marble is softer and more porous, so proceed with caution as it can be more susceptible to scratching or staining.


If you like the idea of marble, but want an option that is a bit more low-maintenance, quartz may be the perfect solution. CaesarStone and Silestone are made primarily of quartz, which is then combined with small amounts of resin to create a strong, minimally porous surface. While you may pay more for an engineered quartz countertop than for other alternatives, quartz kitchen countertops are available in a wide range of colors and are easy to maintain. One drawback: they are less heat-tolerant than granite.

As leading Phoenix kitchen remodeling contractors, we at Republic West Remodeling are proud of the more than 17,000 Phoenix home remodeling projects we’ve completed since 1995. Contact us today for more information.

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