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How to Inspect a Countertop Before Purchasing It

Countertops significantly influence the way a kitchen looks. A marble fabrication can give the kitchen a luxurious feel, while a granite fabrication is for those who prefer durability over aesthetics. 

 Countertops can make a kitchen look modern or traditional, depending on your choice. Here’s how you can inspect the quality of the countertops before purchasing them. 

Height of the Kitchen Countertop

The standard height of a kitchen countertop is between 24-36 inches.  This can differ slightly depending on the type of countertop material used. The ideal height of a counter is slightly above the waist. Another thing to keep in mind is the distance between the kitchen cabinets and the countertops – there shouldn’t be too much of a gap as it will make it difficult for a person of an average height to reach the top shelves. 

Countertop Material

There are different types of countertop materials available in the market, with the most common ones being granite, marble, and quartz. 


As we mentioned above, granite countertops are ideal if you’re looking for durability. Granite can easily cope with spills and scratches, and it is also very easy to clean and maintain in the long term. G.M. Marbles & Granite offers granite installation services in various areas of California, including Concord, Bay Area, Napa, and San Ramon


Different types of marble

Where countertops are concerned, marble is one of the sturdiest and classiest materials due to its durability and looks. While marble makes for an excellent countertop material, you have to be a little more diligent with its upkeep. It’s a highly coveted material due to its unique looks and superior heat resistance. However, it is porous and can stain over time. So, if you decide to go for marble slab installation, remember that it needs regular polishing and finishing, has a high price tag, and is prone to etching.


While quartz is an engineered stone, it’s almost identical to natural stones in aesthetics and characteristics.  Quartz kitchen countertops are quite durable, stain-resistant, easy to install, do not require sealing, and are low maintenance. However, if you are on a budget, then quartz installation for kitchen countertops is not a feasible choice. 

If you’re renovating your kitchen, we at G.M. Marble can provide you with granite and marble countertop fabrication and installation services and sealing stone installation in the Bay Area

To give your kitchen a new look, get in touch with us today!

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