One of the toughest choices when re-doing your countertops is deciding which countertop is right for you. There are numerous types of countertops out there but the two that are getting the most attention are marble and quartz. Each is beautiful but differ in durability and maintenance. Marble is a natural stone with a classic, timeless beauty. That does require maintenance and care. Quartz, however, is an engineered stone that looks similar to marble but offers a more carefree style and is a great alternative. So follow us through this post as we point out the differences between these two beautiful countertops.
Almost everyone can agree that marble is one of the most beautiful natural stones out there. But, with every natural stone there comes more maintenance and care. Marble is a very porous, soft stone. So it can stain and etch (scratch) more easily than other stones. Marble can come in a few finishes, polished, leathered or honed (matte). Polished marble is shiny and can show staining and etching more than a honed surface which can disguise etching better than a polished surface. If you are okay with having a natural patina than marble might be the way to go. For a lot of people they want marble or nothing. The beautiful look of marble cannot be found anywhere else you just have to accept the maintenance and possibly imperfections that come along with owning this beautiful stone.
- Beautiful: classic & timeless.
- Cool Surface: It stays naturally cool. Great if you do a lot of baking.
- Cost: Ranges in cost. Carrara is the least expensive but some of the other styles such as Calcutta can be very expensive.
- Scratching: Very sensitive to anything acidic. Will leave a mark on the surface.
- Staining: Will stain if you leave something on the surface for a period of time.
- Sealing: Needs to be sealed at least 1x a year. Doesn’t prevent staining and etching but it does help.
This man-made material has some of the same benefits as granite but it is not natural. It is made up of 93% quartz and 7% resin. So the color is more consistent than granite and marble. If you are looking for a durable and easy to maintain counter but without the maintenance of marble then this might be the perfect choice for you.
- Strong Material: This stone is very durable. It can chip but it has to be a pretty hard force to do that. .
- Non-Porous: Very easy to clean and maintain. Highly, stain proof. Does not need to be sealed.
- Consistent Color: The color stays the same throughout the slab. It does not vary.
- Colors: Comes in a variety of colors. Can be polished or honed for a more matte look.
- Cost: Can be more cost effective than marble or granite
- Can Discolor: When exposed to sun over a period of time the material can turn color.
- Not Heat Resistant: You have to be careful when setting down hot items making sure they don’t rest on the surface
- Not Seamless: Larger pieces will require more slabs and multiple seams.
- Cleaning: Can be sensitive to to chemicals. So you have to be careful what you clean it with.