Which is better, marble, granite or quartz for counter tops?

Marble, granite, and quartz countertops are among the most appealing and popular materials for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Not only are they known for being durable and long-lasting, they are specially cut and polished to add beauty to your home décor. Granite and marble countertops are crafted entirely out of natural stone. Quartz, on the other hand, does contain partial additives. Every material has its own unique color variations, veins, flecks, and grains. Although these are a timeless beauty to your home they are not easily repaired if damaged.Countertops

Marble

Marble countertops are typically high-quality and sound structural but can be somewhat less forgiving than that of quartz and granite. Marble is typically more porous and especially sensitive to high-strength chemical cleaners and acidic liquids. For example, marble can be stained by wine if not cleaned up immediately.

In order to protect marble’s surface, high-grade seals are necessary, but usually only applied by installation specialists or manufacturers.

Granite

Granite is the most common out of the three, and highly preferred because of its staining resistance, in addition to its durability. Granite can withstand heat well and doesn’t display watermarks. Granite is extremely difficult to scratch, crack or break with average daily wear and tear. It is availability in a multitude of colors, such as gray, tan, brown, yellow-gold, off-white, blue-gray, taupe or even peach. Because of its nature, there are limited options compared to quartz.

Granite is great for a low-maintenance countertop that isn’t sensitive to cleaning agents and doesn’t fade over time. Some professional treatment is necessary to preserve lustier.

Quartz

Quartz Is very similar to granite, with all of the great benefits, but aren’t entirely natural. Many companies use a ratio around 90% – 97% crushed quartz, combined with crushed resin and coloration dyes. Without these color enhancements, quartz can appear somewhat dull.

Quartz requires absolutely zero maintenance or additional topcoat applications for its life. However, quartz is relatively uniform and doesn’t have the many natural grains and veins held in marble and granite.

Cost Considerations

All three of these types of countertops are considerably more expensive than their tile, concrete, laminate or wood alternatives. Although these materials range in quality and expense, marble is typically cost the most, with quartz coming in second and granite closely following. If you’d love the look and feel of these types of countertops, but they are a little out of your range, faux stone countertops are also available at greatly reduced prices.

 

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