Countertop Materials You Can Afford

The first aspect most homeowners consider during a remodel is their budget. You want your new space to look amazing—but, unfortunately, money doesn’t grow on trees.

At Marble Unlimited, we understand that every one of our customers has a different amount of money they feel comfortable spending on a countertop. You may think that natural stone slabs are out of your price range, but that doesn’t have to be the case.

With our affordable countertops, you’ll be able to enjoy a material that’s both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Many people love granite for its unique patterns and durability. It’s one of the most popular options of natural stone, and you will find granite slabs that range in price from low to high.

What’s great about granite is the fact that it lasts for generations. If you take care of it correctly (which is very easy to do), you will get a return on your investment by potentially never having to replace it. It is also resistant to heat, scratching, and liquid damage. All you have to do is make sure to regularly seal it, and you will get your money’s worth with this material.

Engineered quartz is one of the trendiest countertop materials on the market today. People love quartz because it’s nonporous—it’s composed mainly of natural quartz, but there is a small percentage of polymers and resins in its makeup that seal its pores.

You can find a wide variety of quartz slabs available for similar prices. Much like granite, quartz can get expensive—but there are plenty of ways that you can stay within budget too. You just have to know how to shop.

And if you need assistance with budget-friendly shopping, our experts at Marble Unlimited are here to help.


Much like quartz, soapstone never needs to be sealed—even though it’s a natural material. It’s a naturally soft stone and can be installed in any shape or form, and it’s known for how stain-resistant it is. Because this material is so dense and nonporous, it is resistant to heat and can hold its old against acidic substances as well.

Soapstone is a low maintenance countertop that maintains its beauty even if it chips or cracks, as the imperfections make it unique. The only issue with soapstone is that the colors tend to stay within the dark blue and gray range, so there is not as much variation as there is with other selections.

Oftentimes, people will confuse quartzite with quartz, but these two stones are not the same material. Quartzite is a natural metamorphic stone that is formed when sandstone is subjected to high pressure and heat inside the earth’s crust.

Quartzite slabs tend to look like marble, but you can commonly find them at a much more affordable price. This stone is available in a few colors—typically in whites and grays, but you can also find slabs with notes of red and pink. People love quartzite because it’s highly durable and heat resistant and will last a long time if cared for correctly.

Your Affordable Choice

No matter the style of your remodeled room, there is sure to be something in our showroom that piques your interest. From our selection of affordable granite, quartz, soapstone, and quartzite, there are tons of selections to choose from, with a myriad of color variations.

We understand that the countertop is where many people spend the most money during their remodel, and it can be overwhelming to make such a big investment. When you’re purchasing such an important aspect of your remodel, you want to make sure that it’s perfect. Our team of experts can give you the peace of mind that you AND your wallet are looking for.

The truth of the matter is that you can find a way to make almost any countertop material fit into your budget. At Marble Unlimited, we can help you find your perfect stone without breaking the bank. Contact us today for a consultation.

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Tiffani Mcclellan
a year ago
Marble Unlimited did a amazing job on my granite. They were fast, courteous and got the job done with no issues. The crew they sent out was clean and professional. Good job guys!
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Anissa Hager
6 months ago
So thankful for Jennifer and Marble Unlimited. They quickly saved my project when i failed to secure granite for a project we had at our home. From the first interaction, Jennifer was top notch and completely helped me quickly get the granite i needed. They really did it in less than a week. That service time from contact, to selection, to install is unheard of in today's market...yet Marble Unlimited did just that in 7 days. So very thankful for them. Prices were great as well. THANK YOU!!!
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Karen Pagani
5 months ago
Everyone at Marble Unlimited exceeded my expectations and I am so very happy with how our new quartz countertops for our kitchen and laundry room came out. Everything from picking out the stone from all the many slabs they had to choose from, to receiving quotes, to the attention to detail in the measuring, and to the final installation(installers were awesome) was above and beyond. I highly recommend Marble Unlimited.
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4 months ago
I am reviewing Marble Unlimited, which is in Hillsborough, NC. I chose a beautiful quartzite material from their stock, for our kitchen countertops, and I am completely delighted with the results. Our kitchen looks very sophisticated, and we get complements all the time. Thank you, Marble Unlimited for a job well done.
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George Entenman
10 months ago
There's nothing like looking at huge slices of granite and marble in their stockyard behind the showroom. No samples will ever give you such a good idea of what you are buying. Daniel and the men working with the countertops seem to have some aesthetic feeling and love for the product. They were willing to work with us to give us this not quite finished countertop and mountain-themed backsplash.
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