Countertop Materials: The Differences Between Quartz, Granite, & Marble
Considering a remodel for your kitchen or bathroom? Or perhaps you’re in the process of building a custom home? Either way, you’ll likely have to decide on countertop material and while there are many materials to choose from, quartz, granite, and marble are likely to be in the cards as options. But, what’s the difference?
Quartz is a type of mineral, whereas granite & marble are types of rocks. Quartz is nonporous, durable, and virtually requires little to no upkeep. That being said. It’s nearly indestructible—nearly being the keyword! Excessive heat can damage its surface, but it still remains the “hardest” material of the three types. In comparison to granite, quartz can be offered in a wider variety of colors & patterns, so it’s easier to align it with different styles and schemes for a custom finish.
Being that granite is a rock, it’s porous in nature. This means it can be susceptible to staining if certain types of acids & oils are left unattended. Therefore, it’s recommended that this material is sealed yearly. Despite its minimal upkeep, granite is quite durable and also comes in many colors and patterns. Most commonly, granite is offered in whites, greys, browns, and tans, but because it’s a type of rock, it has more natural variations. Most notable, granite is described as “grainy,” with respect to its appearance. But, similarly to marble, granite can also have veining in it, those veins or streaks, however, aren’t as nearly distinct as they are in marble. That being said, granite tends to be more affordable than marble.
Just like granite, marble, too, is porous and durable. This countertop material will also need to be sealed as well. However, because it is more vulnerable to staining, compared to granite, it requires even more upkeep and maintenance. Once its sealant has been depleted, marble can be easily blemished. Marble comes in a variety of hues and has a more consistent color throughout it. Of all three countertop materials, marble is the most sophisticated and luxurious, but with that luxury, comes a heavier price tag.
When deciding on which material would be best for your remodel or custom build, its best to consider both your budget and lifestyle. Whichever material you choose, you’ll now be able to know the differences and select the best countertop for your home!