Natural Stone or Quartz Countertops?
When selecting your next countertop, it is important to look at the kind of performance and features you need out of a surface material. You will often hear quartz, granite, marble, and quartzite in a fabrication shop which all have different properties and care requirements. Today we will examine the differences between these stones and help you make the best decision for your home.
Granite is a quintessential countertop material choice and chances are you might have it in your house right now. Typically, the most budget-friendly option, granite comes in a variety of colors and patterns with dominant hues of reds, browns, grays, and blacks. Rare colors such as blues, pinks, and whites are also available for customers looking for a specific color palette. As a natural stone, granite needs to be sealed every 1-2 years to prevent moisture and staining. RECOMMENDATION – GENERAL PURPOSE
Marble is an elegant material loved by classical sculptors for its beauty and purity of color. Marble is a great option for those who prioritize the look of their space above all else. Marbles contain a high degree of color choice and consistency with more graceful patterns than granite. The most common colors in Marble are white, gray, and brown tones however the color options are endless. Marble is a natural stone and is more sensitive than granite, requiring sealing every 4-6 months. RECOMMENDATION – LOW-USE AREAS
Quartz is the most technologically advanced of all stone options. As a man-made product, quartz is the most hygienic and durable of all stone options as it does not contain some of the inherent flaws of natural stone such as porosity or hidden weak spots. Quartz comes in a tremendous number of colors and patterns and is a good starting point for anyone looking for a long-lasting countertop option. Quartz does not have to be sealed and often comes with a manufacturer warranty to keep it looking amazing all the time. RECOMMENDATION – HIGH-USE AREAS
Quartzite can be classified as a best-of-all-worlds option and is fast becoming one of the most sought-after stones on the market. Quartzite is a natural stone, but it’s grain structure and size make it the most durable of all natural stones, only requiring sealing every 2-3 years (depending on use). Quartzite has the most color options of all natural stones capturing rare green, blue, and multicolor tones, among others. Famous examples are the “Fusion” family and the popular “Taj Mahal”. The possibilities with Quartzite are almost endless, and its durability and care requirements make it a great choice for any home. RECOMMENDATION – DESIGN/DURABILITY FOCUSED