Countertops: Marble, Quartz and Granite

With such vast surface materials, it is easy for one to get lost or overwhelmed with which countertop they should install for their kitchen or bathroom.   Are you looking for something purely for aesthetic purposes or did you want something durable and low maintenance?   Here, are the 3 most sought after materials and their pros and cons.

06_costelloThe beauty of marble cannot be truly imitated, and the reason for its popularity is because of its natural and organic veining.  Marble tends to be softer, making it easier to cut fancier profiles like the ogee edging.  It is also heat resistant, and stays cool, making it a dream for bakers.  On the downside, this stone is very porous and is susceptible to stains.  Bulletproof stone sealers can be used; however this method will not keep the stone from being completely stain resistant.   Because of marble’s softer quality, it is easier to scratch and chip the stone as well.


gayQuartz is an engineered product composed of 90% quartz which is naturally a hard mineral.  This is the reason for its non-porous characteristic.  Because there is no need to seal this stone, many individuals are installing quartz in their kitchens and bathrooms.  It is low maintenance and durable.  They have a very consistent pattern and less of an organic appearance, like granite.  It is on the pricier spectrum, but may be worth your while because of its durability.



kunzmanGranite is a natural product that has many colors and organic patterns to choose from.  It holds up better than marble, but not as well as the quartz material.  You do have to seal this stone every so often, but once you do, it is a very durable option.  With granite, you must go to the fabricator to pick out your slab; otherwise you may have a big red streak in the middle of your kitchen or bathroom countertops.



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Written by: Mimi Lee – Design Consultant – Foster Remodeling Solutions