Differences In Quartz, Granite, and Marble

How To Choose Countertop Materials For Your Kitchen or Bath

Understanding The Difference in Quartz, Granite, and Marble When Choosing Materials For Kitchen and Bath Countertops

Quartz, granite, and marble are all beautiful and functional materials for your bathroom or kitchen counter top.  All three are very durable counter tops and add character to your home. Granite and marble are made of natural stone, so they can tend to vary slightly in a variation of pattern and hue. Quartz is also a natural stone but has some partial additives to enhance the stone's natural beauty and strength.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz is a good choice for a homeowner if they want a nonporous stone. Quartz is also very uniform, meaning it does not have as many flecks, veins, or natural grains that you would see in granite or marble. Quartz requires no upkeep and never requires top coat applications.

Quartz Countertop Materials

Granite Countertops

Granite is one of the most common and favored counter top materials for homeowners. Granite is very durable, it is stain and scratch resistant and can also withstand high temperatures of heat. Granite will not fade or get discolored over time; it is easy to clean because it is not sensitive to many cleaning chemicals. Because it is so low maintenance, upkeep is close to none, except for the occasional sealants to keep the granites sheen and permanence.  

Granite Countertop Materials

Marble is the most porous of the three natural stones. A high-grade sealant is necessary for a marble counter top because it is so susceptible to stains, scratches, acids and cleaning chemicals. Marble can withstand high temperatures of heat which is useful for cooking in the kitchen when placing hot pots and pans on the countertop. Marble is softer and easier to work with for counter tops that are irregular shapes and for decorative profiles. 

Marble Countertop Materials