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Posted by Judie Langford on Oct 21, 2014 in Home Improvement

Types of Natural Stone Countertops in Maple Grove MN

Types of Natural Stone Countertops in Maple Grove MN

There are four main natural stone options for countertops in Maple Grove MN and elsewhere, which include granite, marble, soapstone and slate. Each has its benefits and abilities, and each can look beautiful in your home. It is simply a matter of your budget and your preference.


Granite is forever a symbol of wealth and prestige, even though it is less expensive to have than in early years. However, it is still considered an expensive option for countertops in Maple Grove MN, though extremely popular. Because it is a natural stone, it varies in color, sometimes even within the same slab. While some people do not like the differing colors, most people prefer them, as it shows a truly real natural piece.

In order to make it more durable and stain-resistant, it is sealed, which can last up to 15 years, though most homeowners reseal it every three to five years to be safe.


Marble is also a great and durable option for countertops in Maple Grove MN, though it is not as strong as granite and can easily be dented or scratched. It is the preferred choice for people who roll fondant and do other pastry baking, though most people have a small marble block cut out, similar to a cutting board, where they roll out the pastries and other goodies. You may find that including a small area of your countertop with marble is a good idea, but most homeowners stay away from full countertops in marble.


Soapstone is a porous material and is not considered stain resistant. However, mineral oil can be used to reduce some stains. It is considered a soft natural stone and may not be quite as durable as granite, though it can still last for years and look beautiful, especially if maintained properly and frequently.

Soapstone only comes in two main colors, while granite offers many color and pattern options. Most soapstone is dark green to the point of black, though there are lighter gray-green versions.


Slate is a very durable and strong stone, and because it is nonporous, it is considered a maintenance-free stone. Its durability comes from the dense stone used, though it can chip or crack if something heavy is dropped on it. However, most people find that slate can be a welcome addition, and has five main colors including black, purple, green, gray and red.

Countertops in Maple Grove MN should look beautiful, so consider a natural stone made and installed by Granite Unlimited Inc.