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

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

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The kitchen—a place to gather. Many people would say that the kitchen is the social hub in the home. A place to chat, make a family meal or try a new recipe.

Remodeling your kitchen is a great way to bring that special ambiance into your get-together area and one of the most important aspects of remodeling your kitchen are the countertops.

Though you might have your eye on a visually appealing material, it’s important to consider the various pros and cons of countertop options.

Marble

Many of us have coveted after those jaw-dropping white Calacatta countertops we’ve seen while scrolling through Instagram. If interior superiority is your passion—these marble countertops might be looking tempting as they really are the epitome of countertop beauty.

The pros

  • This metaphoric stone will instantly transform your kitchen into a luxurious and lavish space.
  • Marble is very easy to mix with other styles and patterns in your kitchen, making this an interior designer’s favorite choice.
  • It is a completely natural material that is heat resistant.

The cons

  • Marble is sensitive to acidic solutions which can cause etching on the surface.
  • This is not an inexpensive or low budget material; think quality vs. quantity. If you’re looking to balance out the budget, you’ll have to scale this as a heavy purchase.
  • Marble can be vulnerable to staining as the stone is known for being an especially absorbent material.

Granite

Whether you’re into the natural appeal of a natural formed material, or you just want something strong and durable—granite could very well win you over. These natural slabs are not only gorgeous, but they are also one of the most cost-effective choices as quartz can run up to about 40% more expensive than granite. Marble is also slightly more expensive that granite. Many homeowners run to granite when remodeling their kitchens in order to increase the values of their homes and is a great way to do so.

The pros

  • This material is resistant to scratches and does not stain easily.
  • You won’t have to worry about chipping your countertops as granite is extremely durable.
  • Granite is slightly cheaper than marble or quartz. (Much cheaper than quartz.)
  • Granite countertops are a very sanitary option as they are bacteria resistant.

The cons

  • Granite requires minor maintenance including keeping it sealed—unlike Quartz which requires about no upkeep at all.
  • If the sealant weakens, your granite can be easily blemished by acidic foods or liquids.
  • Due to granite being a natural resource, you won’t get too many options on certain colors, making it a little bit harder to match the certain style of your kitchen.

Quartz

Quartz is the most durable of countertop options. They are made to look an awful lot like granite, but they are even more durable and don’t require any sealant. It is a non-porous material that will stand firm against all dangers of the kitchen including wine and oil spills. You’ll love the low maintenance of these countertops and won’t get easily stressed by worrying about keeping up with the protection and repair of the product.

The pros

  • The most durable of countertops and essentially indestructible.
  • These countertops are completely non-absorbent and do not ever need to be sealed.
  • Quartz provides a luxurious and high-end look to your kitchen.
  • This material is a great option for sanitary countertops as bacteria and microorganisms will not stand a chance at growing and forming colonies.

The cons

  • Quartz is the most expensive out of the three options.
  • There won’t be a lot of options in designing the style of your kitchen as Quartz presents a very contemporary ambiance.

All things considered—everyone will have different ranks in their motives of choosing the perfect countertop. Whether it is the strength, upkeep, or just the look, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that after the guests have gone home and when the fun dinner parties are over, you will be the one to spend the most time in the kitchen.