Marble, Granite or Quartz Countertop? Which One to Choose
Finding the stone countertop that speaks to your lifestyle
Every stone used in home surfaces has different features & benefits that allow it to shine in its own unique way. Finding what you value most in stone is half of the battle. Consider the three ideas below before making your design decision.
Marble Countertops: The Fashion Forward Stone
Marble is having a major “moment” in the design world. Some would call it trending, but it has truly been on “trend” for centuries. The stark natural feel, specifically of Calacatta and Carrara are highly desired. These marble patterns have even left their mark on social media. The bright white backdrop has gained popularity on the platform Instagram, in which “lay flat” photos are showcased on top of the stone.
The stone provides focus and adds a ton of reflective light. Beautiful veining across the stone is unpredictable and more of a work of art, rather than a kitchen countertop. Color combinations such as: gray and white as well as golds and pinks allow us to deem marble the high-fashion stone. Although caring for your stone can seem daunting, sealing the stone helps in preventing stains on the natural stone.
Granite Surfaces: The Low Maintenance Stone
We’ll call this the “lazy man’s stone.” Granite is a family-friendly stone. When life happens: spills, scratches, stains, heat from pots and pans. Granite is there to grow with you and your family over time. To increase the longevity of your stone as an added layer of protection, sealing Granite is always a good idea.
Some of the patterns of Granite are so rich with color and shape, they can even camouflage crumbs! A winning feature for many hectic households. Break out the pots and pans and do a happy tap dance, Granite will not budge and will be heat resistant to the elements. Granite is a beautiful natural stone and, when cared for properly, is in it for the long run.
Quartz: The Tough as Nails Stone
An engineered stone where no sealing is no problem. Quartz is naturally durable because of its resin base. The Quartz recipe goes like this: stone + layers of resin = Quartz. The bulk of it is made from other stones crushed into tiny little pieces. The rest is the glue that holds it together. This makes a fierce workspace protecting the surface from the elements. Add a dash of color like red or faux granite pattern and instantly this stone does it all. Quartz is rising in popularity due to its unbreakable nature and stain-free qualities. Perfect for properties destined for lots of activity Quartz is a fierce stone option.
Whether your considering Marble, Granite or Quartz all three react differently to the way you live. Marble is a stunning option with timeless appeal. Granite is a natural stone that does not need a large amount of attention. Quartz is bold with durability. The best thing to do is match your lifestyle with each of the stone’s qualities. Setting clear expectations with your stone’s performance over time is key.Learn more about Granite