Life Expectancy of Natural Stone Countertops

The appeal of natural stone countertops firstly lies in their beauty. Many people are not aware of how easy they are to maintain, and the longevity that comes with them. If you think about all of the marble, granite, and other natural stone buildings, sculptures, and structures that have been around for thousands of years, it becomes more obvious that the same stones can last as equally long in your kitchen. Let’s take a closer look at the longevity of natural stone countertops. 


Natural stone countertops have an average life expectancy of 30 years. Most of the time, stone countertops are replaced because the homeowner decides to remodel, or because something caused chipping or breaking on the edge of the countertop. Very rarely will natural stone deteriorate to the point of needing replacement unless your slab was unsuitable, to begin with. If you purchase a high-quality slab countertop, you can feel confident that for potentially 50 years you will not need to replace it if you keep up with basic maintenance.  


The harder and less porous your natural stone the better the durability and life expectancy. Porous stones could allow water and debris to absorb into the stone, discolor it, and potentially degrade it. Opt for a non-absorbent stone and seal it as required to maintain the integrity of the slab. With just simple maintenance you can rest easy knowing that your investment of a natural stone countertop was one that will last for many years to come. 


Natural stone slabs are cut to meet the needs of your kitchen, so there will be no strain on the material if they are properly installed. Granite, marble, and quartz can all hold up to the daily wear and tear that kitchen countertops must face. To put it in perspective, you will need just one natural stone countertop for 30-50 years, whereas linoleum counters require replacement every 10-20 years if you are lucky. Natural stone does cost more to install upfront, but in the long run, you will be saving a large amount of money that can be used elsewhere in your home.


Need more reasons to purchase a natural stone countertop? Check out this blog explaining some of the benefits of incorporating stone into your kitchen:


When you’re ready to remodel, give us a call at (818) 860 – 7142 to learn more about our services, installation process, and natural stone offerings. Make an investment that will keep your kitchen looking modern and classy for many years to come.

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