Countertop Shopping Guide

The team at Granite & Marble Solutions knows shopping for a new countertop is overwhelming. It’s a big project that will change the feng shui of your living space. With the right team behind you, countertop shopping doesn’t have to be stressful! In this blog, we will guide you so that selecting the perfect countertops will be easy and simple!

Project Details

This first step is gathering your project details. This includes what area of your house you want countertops in, how much space you want to be covered, and what material you are looking for. In the case that you are just browsing, then you may be able to exclude this piece for now. Although when it comes to pricing, it is good to know your project’s square footage and basic details. Our reliable team here in Alpharetta, Cummins, and Atlanta have got you covered and we offer fast and accurate quotes.

Selecting a Material

GMS offers multiple materials for countertops and backsplashes. We specialize in marble and granite as well as quartz.


Quartz countertops offer a wide variety of looks. Quartz countertops have become the leading choice for countertop surfaces due to their wide range of design options, durability, and low maintenance. The companies that we team up with that make these countertops use a variety of pulverized materials. These materials are mixed with a polymer to create a countertop that is extremely durable and beautiful.


Granite is one of the most popular natural stone countertops due to its unique natural beauty and durability. With its heat-resistant qualities, granite is more durable than other surfaces like marble. The gorgeous salt and pepper appearance is derived from the grains of feldspar and mica, which gives it that famous shining translucence that makes it so distinctive.


Marble will complement any household here in the Atlanta area. It has a long history of being used for elegant decorations and art. Marble is usually smooth and shiny, but the experts at GMS can also install textured marble. Marble is heat resistant and comes in a diverse selection of beautiful colors.

Edge Options

After deciding on your countertop surface, enhance your design by pairing it with the perfect edge profile. There are few angles you can go here, depending on safety and aesthetic. If you have children around the house, we recommend going with a more rounded corner as it will pose less of a safety hazard. At GMS, we carry a wide selection of seamless edge profiles that will add stunning detail to your countertops. Visit our showroom in Alpharetta to see them in person!

Countertop Height

Another essential detail is selecting your countertop height. You should take into consideration your family’s needs when choosing the height. The standard measurement for a kitchen countertop is 36 inches. Depending on your lifestyle and conditions, you can lower or raise the counter height anywhere from 1 to 3 inches. Countertop height is essential because you will use your countertops often, so having it at the perfect height isn’t something to take lightly. 36 inches is fine in most cases, but double-checking is always a safe bet. Come into our showroom or talk to our excerpts to get the perfect height for you!


Investing in new countertops is a big decision and commitment, so we want to ensure that you are confident in your decision. Try testing out materials and designs you are interested in by taking home samples from our showroom in Alpharetta and place them in your kitchen or bathroom to get an idea of how they will look against your space’s lighting, flooring, and cabinetry. Our professionals are here to offer you guidance as we have years of knowledge and experience with interior design.

Call Granite & Marble Solutions Today!

After reading this blog, we hope you have more confidence going into your countertop journey. GMS proudly serves business owners and homeowners throughout the Alpharetta, Cummins, and metro Atlanta area. We know this area is well known for its culture of beautiful architecture and interior design. Our mission is to add to that culture. We invite you to call the professionals at GMS as they are here to serve you and answer any questions or concerns. Want to learn more about our materials? Visit our material pages today!

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