Anywhere in your kitchen and bathroom, whether it’s on surfaces or walls, installing marble, quartz or granite is a great design choice. And one that provides added value to your home for many years. But which material is right for your project?
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Marble and granite are made entirely of natural stone while quartz is a mineral with additives making it an engineered stone. Each material has its own special qualities, While all three are strong and reliable, they are not easy to repair if damaged.
Marble is made of rock, formed over millions of years from limestone.
Marble comes in a variety of shades, including white, cream, black, green and pink. Often named after the place where it is found, like white marble from Carrara, Italy, it is durable but requires a sealant to protect its surface.
Available as slabs or tiles, marble is cool to the touch and a great surface for making pastry.
If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind distinctive veining, marble is a great choice.
Granite is one of the most common and preferred countertop materials because it’s solid, durable and stain resistant. It can withstand heat associated with cooking or serving food, and doesn’t show water marks.
It’s difficult to break, crack or scratch with normal wear and tear. Granite is available in a variety of colors, such as tan, gray, yellow-gold, brown, off-white, taupe, peach and blue-gray.
Choose granite if you want low-maintenance countertops that don’t fade or discolor over time and aren’t sensitive to cleaning chemicals. Be prepared to add occasional sealants to ensure luster and longevity.
Granite is a rock made up of several minerals, including quartz, feldspar and plagioclase. Very hard and durable, granite, like quartz, comes in many colors and can even resemble marble with veining.
Granite is a porous stone and can be stained or damaged if not sealed prior to use. Polishing keeps it shiny and enhances the rich color variations.
Quartz is a mineral, made from silicon dioxide and a bit of resin.
Since it’s engineered, quartz does not need to be sealed and it also comes in a wide variety of colors, and even some shades that are made to resemble marble veining.
An added advantage, it’s nonporous and needs no upkeep.
Before making a decision on your countertop material, visit one of our showrooms.
Quartz, marble and granite add elegance to any home!