Quartz Vs. Marble
- August 29, 2017
- Posted by: Marissa Sese
- Category: Home, Project
When you come across two incredible stones but aren’t sure which one to choose for your next upgrade, it’s always good to do your research before you make any commitments to a stone. After all, you will hopefully enjoy this in your home for many years to come, so it’s best to make sure you choose the right one.
Marble and Quartz are two amazing stones that homeowners tend to choose for many applications. These two stones are very different from each other and they each have unique properties that make it more appropriate for different areas in your home.
Marble is a natural stone that is quarried from different areas around the world, mostly Italy. Many people know of this stone as one with a white or light grey background and sometimes deep dark veins or very subtle, light veins running throughout it. It has that classic look that people adore in their home because it gives the home a luxurious feel that many homeowners enjoy.
Besides its aesthetic beauty, it is durable. Not, as durable as granite but it is known to stand the test of time. Just take a look at Michelangelo’s statue of David and other famous monuments around the world. They have been around for hundreds of years. That’s how you will know it will work great as countertops for you to enjoy for years to come. Marble is timeless and classic, a look that many people crave.
However, marble is very porous. That means it will soak up any liquids and will stain, especially if the liquid is acidic. Because of that, you must seal marble up to four times per year with a good natural stone sealer, which still doesn’t completely prevent it from etching. Prolonged exposure to acids might dull the sealant and make the stone more vulnerable to scratches or acid staining. So, let’s just cut to the chase, Marble does NOT work well in high-traffic areas like the kitchen. A nice little side table or shelf made of marble may work, but for highly used kitchen countertops, we should pass the torch on to a more durable stone.
Crema Marfil Marble Bathroom Vanity Top
Quartz is a man-made stone that consists of predominantly crushed natural stone and a resin to bind it all. Engineered stone gives you more uniform color choices, durability, and relatively no maintenance. Also, quartz stone is known to mimic marble. Now, that’s a win, win. It’s true that nothing beats marble when it comes to its unique, smooth, flowy veins and classic feel, but quartz does try its best to meet that look and it’s doing quite well. Homeowners have been flocking toward this stone for their kitchen countertops.
Quartz does not require sealing and because of its higher resistance to heat, it works amazingly well in the kitchen. We still recommend that you use pads underneath your hot pots and pans. The direct heat may affect the resin. But, other than that, you install quartz in your kitchen and you’re good to go! You don’t have to worry about scratches or chips either.
Now, we in no way want to detract from your fondness of Marble. It’s such a classic natural stone that will never go out of style, but the truth of the matter is that marble doesn’t work in areas of the home where you have more traffic (It will be great as a bathtub surround!). It doesn’t mean you can’t have the stone installed at all. It just means that you should take into consideration some of our new, engineered stones from Venastone when you’re looking to install countertops in your higher traffic areas like the kitchen.