Granite is by far the most popular natural stone countertop because of its density and variety of colors and styles. Like any stone, granite must be properly cared for. Fifteen-year sealers are available on granite, but you should still maintain sealing as needed.
A soft, porous and delicate stone, marble is not as common as granite for heavy-use countertops in kitchens and bathrooms due to its chemical sensitivity. It is also usually more expensive than granite.
Like any stone, marble must be properly cared for. Fifteen-year sealers are available on marble, but you should still maintain sealing as needed.
Some consider soapstone to be the original stone countertop, but has an older history around the world from being used architecturally in sculptures and architecture. When it is first extracted from the Earth, soapstone is normally in shades of grey. Due to its density, it is one of the rare surface materials that never have to be sealed since it is naturally non-porous. It will, however, turn darker with age which is caused by the contact of oil to its surface. This process can be helped along by applying mineral oil to the surface of the stone.