Granite, Marble, Quartz—What’s The Difference?
Granite, marble, quartz—OH MY!
So you’ve decided that you want a stone countertop, huh? And you’d be crazy not to! With such a wide variety of colors, patterns, and textures, stone countertops offer strength and opulence to any space. Stone is naturally formed from the earth, leaving every piece with its own unique veining, fissures, and mineral composition. These characteristics are what make natural stone such a widely desired product. However, the decision-making doesn’t stop there, and unfortunately, the hard part isn’t over. Now comes the time to choose which gorgeous stone to go with. But fear not, the list below will help you to make an informed decision so that you can be confident that you’re making the best choice for your home and lifestyle.
- Granite is a natural stone and since no two slabs will ever be the same, granite offers a truly one of a kind and authentic surface.
- It’s available in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and finishes.
- Although it is the hardest of natural stones, each slab varies in durability and strength.
- The stone can handle the heat, however, set hot pots and pans on your counters at your own risk. It’s possible that your surface will crack under the pressure of heat expansion from pits or fissures that may exist within the stone.
- It’s a porous stone that sometimes requires resealing.
- Marble is also an all natural stone that often features a classic and distinctive “veining” design.
- Although marble can also stand up to heat, the same applies as for granite—heat expansion can cause this stone to crack.
- More susceptible to stains, abrasions, and etching, or dull spots.
- Likely to patina over time.
- Sensitive to acidic foods and cleaning products.
- Quality surface in the right application.
- Quartz is an engineered stone that typically has more consistency in colortation.
- It is comprised of mostly acrylic which can make it more durable than granite.
- Some entry level Quartz is susceptible to scratching and dulling from abrasives like knives.
- Quartz tends to be more sanitary, making it easier to clean.
- Being a man-made surface, the color options are nearly limitless.
- Heat may cause discoloration.
- A man made, non-porous material, therefore it needn’t ever be sealed.
Because there are pros and cons for each option, the type of stone you choose will ultimately come down to your own unique style and taste. Whether you go with granite, marble, or quartz, each one promises to deliver luxury and a high-end appeal to any design.
Still have questions or you’re ready to shop stone? Reach out to us here at Ohio Property Brothers and we’d be happy to help!