Which way to go — team marble, or team marble-look quartz? The decision isn’t so cut-and-dry. Both choices are high-end, beautiful luxury surfaces. Both are popular and well-regarded for raising your home’s value. But, are quartz countertops better than marble countertops? Is marble better than quartz?
The only way to answer this question is to consider “better at what?” When we frame it that way, we can compare the various situations and concerns that consumers have about their kitchen or bathroom countertops. Marble may be a better choice for some homeowners, while quartz is better for others.
If the ultimate in opulence is what you have in mind, you can’t beat marble. It’s a favorite choice for traditional homes. Purists will tell you that there’s nothing like the look and feel of real marble, with its unique natural veining pattern and translucent glow. However, most people can’t tell the difference between natural marble and quartz that looks like marble, which is available in many different quartz countertop colors and patterns that mimic various types of marble.
In theory, both marble and quartz countertops are extremely durable and can last the lifetime of your home. However, this depends on the way the homeowner cares for their marble countertop. It also tends to darken over time. True marble aficionados insist that this aging process merely gives their countertops character. If you’re looking for a countertop that will stay the same as the day it was installed, however — with a minimum of care and worry — modern quartz may be your better choice.
With a marble countertop, there’s no avoiding the fact you’ll have to be careful about stains. Coffee, red wine, tomato sauce, and other foods can cause permanent stains. Acidic liquids such as vinegar or lemon juice can cause etching. Oily foods can stain the countertop, also. Quartz countertops are extremely stain-resistant, so if you plan to cook a lot — and if you’re a messy cook — quartz is your best bet.
Both marble and quartz countertops have similar day-to-day care; they should be wiped down with a mild, non-acidic cleanser, such as diluted dish soap. For tougher messes, just about any non-abrasive cleanser will work for quartz, while marble should be treated with a special cleanser formulated for natural stone. And, at least once a year, marble countertops need to be sealed. Quartz never needs sealing, which makes it an extremely easy-care choice.
Most people are familiar with marble countertops in the neutral shades of white, gray, and beige, but more exotic marble slabs come in blue hues, green, pink, brown, and black, all with veining patterns ranging from subtle to bold. Since quartz is manmade, it can authentically imitate any of these colors and veining patterns, and may replicate other natural stones as well, such as quartz vs. granite.
With marble, you have a few options for finishing the surface, including polished, honed, or leathered. Honed offers a matte surface instead of a shiny one, and a leathered surface is slightly textured. Quartz countertops may also be finished with a polished, matte, or textured surface. Both countertops may be fabricated with the same variety of edge treatments.
Marble countertops need to be sealed on a regular basis to protect them from stains and other damage. This sealing makes them water resistant, but not completely waterproof. On the other hand, quartz is 100% waterproof without any sealing required. This is what makes quartz so resistant to staining as well.
Both marble and quartz have challenges when it comes to installation, making it a job best left for the professionals. With marble, it can be difficult to match two adjacent slabs without a noticeable seam. Since quartz slabs are more consistent, it’s much easier to match the edges close together so the seam doesn’t show. The main issue with quartz countertops is their weight. You may pay a bit more for the labor, and your cabinetry may need to be reinforced before the countertop is installed.
Quartz countertops tend to be a bit more expensive than marble, though this depends on the type of marble you choose — exotic marble patterns and colors, which come from faraway lands, cost more than the more common varieties. Both are luxury surfaces, both increase your home’s value, and both can last the life of your home.
Create the bathroom of your dreams with a classy marble countertop. If that seems impractical, consider a Calacatta Lago Quartz countertop instead. It delivers the look of natural gray-veined white marble, and you won’t have to worry about staining it with cosmetics. Plus, it’s a breeze to keep clean and hygienic.
One of the best features of Calacatta Naples Quartz is its bold, linear gray veining. Another great feature is its consistency. Although it has enough variation to realistically replicate natural marble, you won’t have any trouble matching pieces around corners or matching your side counters to your kitchen island.
A white marble-look countertop with subtle gray veining, such as Calacatta Miraggio Quartz, elevates your kitchen with a sense of purity, freshness, and class. Custom edge treatments have long been used on marble countertops for an extra touch of elegance, and you can do the same with quartz.
With quartz, you can be confident that your bright white countertop will stay bright white for decades. Carrara Iris Quartz, with its soft gray swirls, works just as well with a contemporary style home as a traditional one, and you never need to fret about serving pasta marinara with red wine.
Gorgeous white marble countertops aren’t just for model homes and magazine spreads. With Calacatta Monaco Quartz, you can enjoy the look of fine Italian marble in a kitchen that is actually lived in — with kids, messy cooks, and guests. Just wipe it clean with a damp cloth and enjoy the rest of your day.
Natural marble vs. marble-look quartz countertops will always be a tough choice, since both have their benefits and drawbacks. Those who love marble think they’re worth the extra effort, while the practical sort of homeowner may prefer quartz. Only you can decide what’s best for your home!
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