Choosing a Countertop: The Pros and Cons of Marble, Granite and Quartz

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In every residential and commercial remodeling, choosing the best material for your countertops is a cumbersome journey. With all available options present in the market, it becomes more difficult even for professional remodelers.

Among the countertops to choose from, the three most popular materials are granite,quartz, and marble. All of it has their respective strengths and weaknesses as a countertop for home and commercial buildings.

For you to have a better gauge on their quality and value, we will take a look at their corresponding pros and cons. Hopefully, you will arrive at a better decision once you are done reading this article.

Granite Countertops

Most clients really have an eye for granite countertops because of its timeless elegance and impervious strength. This natural stone countertop came from igneous rocks or hardened lava. Granite can appear in different colors because of the presence of several minerals such as feldspar, quartz, gabbron, granite, potassium-feldspar and more.

Pros

  • Exceptional hardness that is resistant to scratches, chips, and cuts
  • Cannot be easily stained
  • Increases overall resale value of your home and building
  • More affordable than quartz and marble
  • Impervious heat resistance
  • Low cleaning requirements
  • Natural and unique veinings with specks of various colors
  • Suppliers can cut your granite slab according to your desired dimension

Cons

  • Requires periodic sealing because it can be porous
  • Still, it comes with a high cost compared to other cheaper alternatives like laminates
  • Requires a professional installer

Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops is a man-made stone whose composition is approximately 97 percent pulverized quartz and 3 percent cement-based resin binders.  These binders contribute to the excellent non-porous property of quartz compared to granite. Moreover, it is one of the best-selling and priced materials for countertops in the industry.

Pros

  • It is harder than granite, so more resistive against scratch marks, dents, and cuts
  • Seams are less visible
  • Manufacturers can pre-fab the size of your quartz slab
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Does not require annual sealing maintenance
  • Excellent anti-stain and antimicrobial properties due to its non-porous trait
  • Has several options for design and color variations
  • Increases home resale value

Cons

  • Among the three, quartz has the highest cost
  • Reacts when exposed long enough with sunlight
  • Surface get burnt or dark spots are formed when hot items are placed on top
  • Chips and cuts can be repaired but seams are highly visible
  • Under Cabinets where it will be installed needs reinforcement as it is a heavy slab

Marble Countertops

Marble came from metamorphic rocks and it is known for its natural glossy appearance. Like granite, most clients are fascinated with the natural veinings and patterns of colors in marble countertops.

Pros

  • Strongly elevates the lucrative beauty of your kitchen
  • Its designs are highly compatible with any layout and materials inside your kitchen
  • Reliable heat resistance
  • Increases the overall resale value of your home
  • It has a cool design which works best for pastry kitchen

Cons

  • Reactive with acidic solutions which lead to etching
  • It comes with a hefty price
  • It is porous and prone to staining
  • Requires sealing maintenance

Price Comparison

  • The average price of granite is $60 per square foot
  • The average price of quartz is $75 per square foot
  • The average price of marble is $40 per square foot

Precision Stone Designs

Whether you want your slabs to be pre-fabricated, modular, or raw, we can do it all with ease and precision. For years, it has been our core principle to help remodelers get the best quality of stone countertops at a highly reasonable price.

If you need any professional help for choosing the right countertop material for your remodeling project, contact us today. We will make sure you get the best value for money with our natural and man-made stone countertops.

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