Quartz vs. Granite vs. Marble Countertops

Kitchen countertops present an opportunity to really make a statement. The variety and expressiveness of different styles of countertops makes them a great place to start when designing your kitchen. Designers most commonly recommend quarts, granite, or marble countertops. The decision isn’t too hard to make, but it depends on your needs and there are a few things you should know. Let’s dig into them!

3 Countertop Materials

Do you favor upscale design?  Are you a low maintenance type? How important is ruggedness? Find out which material best fits your needs.

Engineered Quartz

Quartz

Quartz countertops are man-made countertops engineered to mimic the look of stone. Because they are engineered, they can have a uniform appearance. They are extremely durable, non-porous and require no sealing or special cleaning products.

Granite countertop

Granite

Granite countertops are made with natural stones. Every slab has unique colors and veining. They are very durable and have the highest heat resistance of the three. Because they are porous, granite countertops require yearly re-sealing and special cleaning products.

Marble countertop

Marble

Marble countertops, like granite, are made with natural stones. They are porous and require yearly re-sealing and special cleaning products. While granite can sometimes show grains, marble has larger patterns with beautiful unique veining.

Countertop Comparison

Quartz

Style: Trendy

How It Feels: Smooth & Glossy or Matte

Heat Resistance: Yes

Durability: Hard, but can scorch.

Seal Required: No

Cost: Least expensive

Professional Installation required: Yes

Granite

Style: Classic

How It Feels: Smooth & Glossy or Matte

Heat Resistance: Yes

Durability: Hard, but can crack.

Seal Required: Yes, will stain if not resealed annually

Cost: Mid-range

Professional Installation required: Yes

Marble

Style: Luxurious

How It Feels: Smooth & Glossy or Matte

Heat Resistance: Yes

Durability: Softer, can scratch.

Seal Required: Yes, will stain if not resealed annually

Cost: Most expensive

Professional Installation required: Yes

Hardness Scale

Both quartz and granite are super durable choices for countertops. They are both harder than glass and knife blades, which make them great for the kitchen. The corners do run the risk of chipping, so you may want to choose a rounded edge.

Marble is softer, making it vulnerable to etches and scratches. Luckily, small scratches can be finely sanded and repaired without a professional.

Edge Profiles

On top of selecting the color and material of your countertops, you’ll want to make sure you choose an edge profile that goes with your design.

Edge profile refers to the shape of your countertop edges. Eased and Bullnose edges provide soft edges that protect you from sharp edges. They also help to prevent chipping and damage. Bullnose and Ogee edges have classic curves and are great for traditional kitchens. Bevel edges give your space a heavy, modern look.

And if you want a bit of both, it’s not uncommon to combine the Ogee edge for your kitchen island with another edge for your perimeter walls. The options are endless.

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Eased

Half Bullnose

Double Bevel

Bullnose

Ogee

Demi Bullnose

Triple Pencil

Which Countertop Suits You?

If you like a uniform design and want a solid countertop that requires no maintenance, then quartz is your ideal countertop. If you want a stone countertop with a unique appearance, and don’t mind occasional maintenance, then granite is your answer. If you like upscale design and don’t mind going easy on your countertop, then the luxurious marble is the right choice for you.

Whether you decide to go with quartz, granite, or marble, a high quality countertop makes a great statement in your kitchen.

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