When comparing countertop materials, there are three popular choices to consider: granite, quartz, and marble. Looking at the pros and cons of each will help you decide which of these countertops is the best choice for your home.
- Granite is a purely natural stone, and because of this, every granite slab is unique in color and pattern. So, granite provides a one-of-a-kind look for your kitchen.
- Granite can handle heat. Because it is made through heat and pressure, a hot pan will not damage your countertop, and does not require the degree of protection that other countertop materials do.
- Granite is easy to care for and clean. Mild detergent and water are all that are needed to keep your granite sparkling clean. Granite is also one of the least porous natural stones, which means it is naturally stain resistant. When properly sealed, it will not stain at all.
- Though granite countertops are strong, even sealed granite can crack sometimes due to lack of maintenance, wear and tear, and the condition of the natural stone.
- Maintenance is required for granite countertops. It needs to be pre-treated or sealed before use, and it is recommended that it be resealed yearly. If not properly maintained, granite can become more susceptible to damage.
- The unique look of granite can be a con, depending on personal preference. If you prefer a more uniform look, granite may not be your best choice.
- Many prefer the look of natural quartz countertops. Quartz has the appearance of stone but the design of it can be customized. This means you can easily match it to the design and color scheme of your kitchen or bathroom.
- Quartz is a lower maintenance choice, as it does not require sealing.
- The material of quartz is uniform throughout, which means it rarely cracks.
- The resins in quartz countertops make them considerably more resistant to staining than other choices. Because of the resins that make the surface less porous, they are also less likely to harbor bacteria.
- Quartz is prone to discoloration over time when exposed to sunlight. For this reason, Quartz is not recommended in rooms with direct sunlight.
- Quartz is heat resistant to a degree, but requires more caution with hot pans and plates. They can become damaged if exposed to excess heat. Coasters and hot pads will be needed to protect this countertop surface.
- Marble is considered a luxury choice, and its reputation is one of elegance and beauty.
- Much like granite, each piece of marble is completely unique in its appearance.
- Well-maintained marble countertops can actually increase the value of your home.
- Marble makes an excellent choice for baking or cooking, because it naturally remains cool.
- With regular care and proper sealing, marble countertops are a good choice for longevity. They can last a very long time when properly maintained.
- Marble is a high-maintenance surface. It is porous and therefore prone to staining. Many recommend having marble countertops sealed every six months when used frequently.
- Marble is a softer stone, and not as durable than other materials, so it is more vulnerable to unsightly scratches. It is also more prone to chipping.
- Acidic liquids or cleaners can damage marble, so care and upkeep of this surface requires careful attention to cleaner ingredients. Even juice or wine can etch marble.
If you are remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, Crosby Home Services is here to help walk you through these choices, and work with you to provide the kitchen or bathroom you’ve always dreamed of having.