Granite, Quartz or Marble - Which is Best for Countertops?
When you begin remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, one major decision is to pick a counter top that you love. Like anything in the remodel world, there are thousands of choices of colors, patterns and materials but the most popular choices right now are Granite, Quartz and Marble.
So let's take a look at the big three with the intention of giving you some help in making your decision.
Granite has been the most popular choice because it offers the widest range of colors and patterns which will match almost any design objective. This natural stone is not affected by heat, so you can place a pan directly on it without damage, and is temperature stable so there is no concern with having cooktops inlaid into it. It is the hardest of all the stone counters so it will absorb bumps and dropped items without chipping. It can resist heat up to 1200 degrees - likely more than you’ll ever generate in your kitchen. And because most granite is about 2000 years old, it will not fade or change color. One benefit of the random patterns of granite is that seams will be well hidden when done by a professional installer. Granite needs to be sealed but the products last from 10-20 years and require just a little maintenance.
Next up is Quartz. Quartz is a man-made composite made up of about 94% quartz and the rest a bonding resin. This product has become popular as tastes have changed to more solid colors, especially bright whites, and fewer people want patterns in their counters. The heat resistance of Quartz is improving every year but it’s not nearly as durable as granite. Current specs rate it at around 200 degrees, which is near the boiling point of water, so placing a pan or pot on your surface will cause a burn or even change the color. Because it expands from heat, it may also be susceptible to cracking from normal use. Like granite, it also needs to be sealed and maintained.
And finally, Marble has also become quite popular in contemporary designs. The most famous is Carrara Marble known for its light gray background and gray feathery veins. It is a soft and porous material, similar to travertine, which will absorb liquids and can easily be stained both in the kitchen and bathroom. It could even absorb oils from your hands in areas that are touched frequently. Marble CAN be scratched by knives and nicked by cups or pans that are dropped onto it. It’s also heat resistant but not as much as granite so a hot skillet could cause a thermal crack or discolor the surface.
So there’s my top three choices. Which one do you prefer? Leave me your answer below in the comments.