Nothing adds elegance and enhances the look of your kitchen or bathroom like a marble, granite, or quartz countertops. So, which is the best? How do you choose?
Marble has the reputation of being the most stunning of the three. Its large veins offer the most variety in colour. You should also take in to consideration the seams are noticeable as a result of the variation.
Unfortunately, marble is the softest of the three. It is only a 3 (10 being the highest which is the strength of a diamond) on the Mohs hardness scale. This means marble is prone to scratching.
This stone is only It is also the most porous. This makes it prone to staining (liquids like red wine must be wiped away immediately), and it can be damaged by certain cleaners and acidic liquids.
Being porous also provides the possibility of the build-up of mold, mildew, and bacteria. A sealant must be applied on a regular basis to protect the stone. So unless you are willing to spend the time and money to reapply sealant on a regular basis, marble is not recommended for bathrooms.
Though not as pronounced as marble, granite offers colour variety as well. Seams are not as noticeable as with marble.
Granite is more durable than marble as granite about a 6 on the Mohs hardness scale. This makes it more scratch resistant, and better suited for kitchens.
Granite is less porous than marble; therefore, it is more resistant to the build up of mold, mildew, and bacteria. Lighter colours are still prone to staining, and a regularly applied sealant is still often recommended.
If a more even colour surface is your preference, quartz typically offers little colour variation. This is because most quartz countertops are man-made; a combination of quartz rock, resin, and sometimes other minerals to add colour. The seams are less noticeable for most quartz countertops.
Natural quartz is a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale making it the most scratch resistant of the three. This makes it the best suited for kitchens.
Since quartz countertops are man-made, they are the least porous of the three. Though spills should still be wiped up quickly, a sealant is typically not required. Mild cleaning products are less harmful than on marble and granite surfaces.