When it comes to adding countertops to a new home or during a home renovation, choosing the ideal material for the countertop is always a consideration. In the past, marble was considered the ideal option by many contractors and homeowners, but today, quartz countertops are taking center stage.
There are some key differences between marble and quartz that should be considered by any MN homeowner before making a choice. Both are exceptional options, but they do have their own characteristics that may make one a better option.
What is Quartz?
While marble countertops are considered natural stone, quartz countertops are technically not natural stone. This is because there is about 7% resin and 93% of ground quartz used to form the slabs, so it is called an engineered material. The resin not only holds the quartz in place, but it also forms a solid, non-porous surface.
This means the countertops made of quartz never need to be sealed. They are also extremely durable and can withstand more use than marble without any damage.
Etching and Staining
The big drawback for most MN homeowners when considering marble countertops are the etching and staining factors. While sealing the marble helps to prevent this, acids, heat, water, and even some cleaning methods can damage the surface of the marble.
Quartz, on the other hand, is very durable. It does not etch or stain, and it is easy to clean with warm water, soap, and a microfiber cloth. This makes it a good option for a busy kitchen.
The other difference to consider with marble and quartz countertops is the color and pattern variety. Marble is limited in colors and patterns, while quartz offers a range of colors and patterns from very subtle to vivid and unique, allowing for greater flexibility in design options.