UPDATED: Natural stone vs. concrete

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Finding the perfect countertop for your space can be challenging. In today’s world, there are so many different materials to choose from, which you then have to choose through a number of color and finishing options. Two of the most popular materials homeowners have been choosing for their countertops are natural stone and concrete, but which material is better?

As one of the leading natural stone distributors in the Midwest, we understand the benefits of choosing natural stone as your home’s countertop material. Below, we compare natural stone to concrete and explain which material is the better choice!

Natural stone

Natural stone is a popular and traditional choice for many homeowners, and interior designers have been using in their kitchens and bathrooms for many years. Natural stone is formed from mineral reactions that took place over millions of years. There are many different types of natural stones used as countertop materials; granite, marble and quartzite being the most popular and luxurious types. All these natural stones come in unique and different colors. Natural stone itself has many benefits that no other material can offer. It’s durable, eco-friendly, sustainable, unique and valuable. These are all things you should consider when deciding what type of natural stone to include in your home.

When making a big investment in new countertops, you likely want something that will last a long time. Natural stone can provide you with the security that it will last for years to come. It is amazing in kitchens because it is heat resistant, scratches will be the last thing on your mind, and when sealed properly it is very resistant to water. On top of that, every natural stone has a unique design. There are a variety of colors available that will complement the interior design of your home. Sure, natural stone can be a bit more expensive than other materials, but it will save you so much money in the long run. If you ever decide to sell your home in the future, natural stone will help increase your sale value. In short, natural stone is very worth the investment. 

Concrete

Concrete is a human-made material that is made of three components: water, aggregate and Portland cement. All three of these materials get mixed to form concrete that is later poured on floors or molded to countertops. Concrete countertops and flooring have started to make their way into the kitchen and bathroom trends. It gives homeowners an urban and minimalist design. This type of human-made material can bring you some benefits, but can also bring you significant drawbacks.

If you are looking for a less expensive countertop material, concrete is a good choice. Incorporating concrete into your home is typically an  inexpensive option. You can go the traditional approach of contacting a professional to install it or do it yourself. However, concrete will not give you the same benefits of natural stone. Concrete is more prone to staining as it is a more porous material. It’s also more likely to crack and won’t add as much value to your home. Although it is a very durable material, concrete is also high maintenance because you have to seal it to prevent cracking and make sure you are cleaning up spills ASAP.

Which option is better?

As a natural stone distributor, we may be biased. However, we truthfully believe that natural stone is a much better countertop material than concrete. Although it may be a more expensive investment upfront, in the long run, natural stone will offer many more benefits. Natural stone is low maintenance, stylish and an investment for your home. If you are looking to purchase natural stone for your next project, give us a call. We have a variety of natural stone source options for your home and style!


If you are in need of natural stone slabs for your next home project, give us a call! As one of the leading natural stone distributors in the Midwest, we are happy to help you bring your home design dreams to reality!

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