When it comes to countertops, granite, marble, and quartz are usually the top choices, all of which have their own pros and cons. In fact, in can be quite difficult for homeowners to choose which material they'd like to use because they are pretty similar. If you find yourself in this bind and you're not sure what the difference between granite, marble, and quartz counters is, we've got you covered.
Granite is one of the most common and preferred countertop materials because it is solid, durable, and stain resistant. Homeowners will often lean towards granite countertops in their kitchens because it can withstand heat associated with cooking or serving food, and it doesn't show water marks. It is also very difficult to break, crack, or scratch with the normal wear and tear of an active household. You can grab granite countertops in a variety of colours ranging from tan to gray, or yellow-gold, peaches and blue-grays! That being said, because it is a natural stone, the colour options may seem limited when compared to colour-enhanced quartz varieties. We recommend granite for homeowners who want low-maintenance countertops that don't fade or discolour over time and aren't sensitive to cleaning chemicals. As a tip, be prepared to add occasional sealants to ensure its luster and longevity!
Quartz countertops have all of the same benefits of granite, except their creation isn't entirely natural. These countertops are usually made from 93 percent crushed quartz and 7 percent resin, including some dyes for specific colouration. It turns out that, without colour enhancement from the dyes, natural quartz is actually somewhat dull and unappealing. If you're searching for something a little more 'natural-looking' you may want to steer away from these types of countertops. The composition of quartz is relatively uniform so it won't have as many natural grains, flecks, or veins as granite or marble. We usually recommend quartz countertops to homeowners who want a nonporous option that requires zero upkeep and never requires top coat applications.
Marble countertops are well-made and structurally sound but are much less forgiving than their granite or quartz counterparts. In fact, marble is the most porous of the three and, as such, is especially sensitive to acidic liquids and potent chemical cleaners. For example, wine can actually stain a marble countertop if not wiped away quickly! High-grade sealants are absolutely necessary in order to protect the surface, however these are often applied by manufacturers or installation specialists when these countertops are being put in. We recommend marble countertops to homeowners who want a design with the most unique, unpredictable veining and natural modeling - who also don't mind the upkeep. As a quick heads up to those considering marble, it does tend to darken slightly over time so keep this in mind when considering decor for the space.
All three of these countertop options are a more involved process than most laminate, wood, tile, or concrete alternatives, meaning they will cost a bit more. As well, the quartz and marble options usually have a bigger price tag than the granite countertop choices. However, each of these materials are available in a range of quality levels, so be sure to research manufacturers and read consumer reviews before you buy.
Granite, marble, and quartz are all appealing and functional materials for kitchen and bathroom countertops. They are durable, long-lasting and are cut, crafted and polished in order to add beauty to your home. Although some provide more leeway when it comes to cleaning and maintenance, any of these options would make a wonderful addition to your home. Be sure to follow Marina Homes on Facebook in order to keep up with our blogs and stay up-to-date with our communities.