NEWBURY PARK, Calif. -- Reza Khoylou, of Arena Marble & Granite, discusses how homeowners can pick the right marble and granite countertops for their home needs. Keep in mind that marble is aesthetically similar to granite, but not as durable. As for quartz, it is scratch- and chip-resistant; similar to granite.

"However, it doesn't carry the same heat resistance," noted Khoylou. "Picking out the right color is also crucial."

Homeowners also need to ask themselves what is the best stone for their lifestyle. "Think about how the counter-top will be used and how it will look," added Khoylou.

When considering different stones, remember that marble has timeless appeal, but scratches easily; and granite and quartzite are natural stones that do not need a large amount of attention, and are the most durable. Most quartzites are actually harder than granites. Quartz and porcelain, on the other hand, are man-made and durable and are very low maintenance.

"They wipe clean with a damp cloth and a bit of soapy water," concluded Khoylou.