Granite vs. Quartz vs. Marble: The Real Story
With the increasing popularity of natural stone for kitchens, many people are finding it difficult to decide between the heavyweight stones – marble, granite and quartz. All these stones are hard-wearing, versatile, attractive, and can be cost effective if you find the right supplier. However, each material has its advantages and disadvantages. Take a look at the following information about quartz, granite and marble – which one do you prefer for your dream kitchen?
Marble Pros and Cons
Marble is a fresh, clean, classic stone that has, for centuries, brought a touch of class to whichever room it graces. Marble is naturally always cool so it is a great surface for preparing food. The stone is widely available and you won’t have a problem finding the right size and shape marble countertops. Marble is also cheaper than granite and it is easier on the budget to furnish a whole kitchen with marble countertops than it is to spend a lot of money on granite. On the other hand, marble is easier to scratch and stain than granite as it is a porous stone. Leaving a citrus fruit on the surface of marble can create an indelible stain.
Benefits and Disadvantages of Quartz
If marble is not your thing, how about quartz? Quartz is much less porous than marble and it does not need the extensive sealing that marble requires. You don’t need to worry about staining your countertops and these are very easy to maintain. Be careful if you have quartz counters in full sunlight as the stone can discolour after exposure to UV light. You may see differences in the surface between the stone in the shade and the stone in the sun. Quartz is extremely heavy and must be professionally installed. It may not be suitable for all purposes in the kitchen.
What About Granite?
Stylish granite worktops are popular in the modern kitchen. Granite is a tough, hard stone that is perfect for cooking and preparing food. The look of granite is contemporary and attractive, although granite is a naturally occurring stone, so there are variations in the stone and you won’t be able to find blocks which are exactly the same – many people see this as a benefit. Granite is more porous than quartz, so it needs to be sealed in order to be fully functional in the kitchen. However, granite is tough and won’t chip or scratch, so it is good for areas in the kitchen where you need a hard wearing surface.
As you can see, quartz, granite and marble have different properties and features that make them suitable for different purposes. Whichever natural stone you choose, be sure to source the stone from a reputable supplier. Professional fitting and good advice about maintenance with the correct cleaning products is essential if you are going to end up with a kitchen you can be proud of for years to come.