Marble has long been the gold standard in aesthetics. It looks great and provides a unique appearance for homeowners who are able to be careful. Because it stains and scratches more easily than granite, it’s become somewhat less popular over time. It also reacts poorly with chemicals, and does not do as well with heat. Most homeowners believe that granite is a better long-term investment because of its durability and functionality, leaving them without the worry that they’ll damage their most important kitchen or bathroom centerpiece.