Granite, marble and quartz are very appealing and functional materials for kitchen countertops. They are highly durable and long-lasting, not to mention that they are cut, crafted and polished to add a beauty to the kitchen. Each material has its own grains, flecks and color variations, which means that if you have a particular style in mind, keep this as a consideration. Both marble and granite are made entirely of natural stone, while quartz has partial additives.
Granite is considered to be one of the more common and preferred countertop materials because it is very solid, durable and resistant to stains. It is optimal for being located in the kitchen due to its ability to withstand the high heat that is associated with cooking and servicing food, as well as doesn’t show any watermarks. The granite is difficult to break, crack or scratch with the normal wear and tear. It also comes in a range of colors such as tan, gray, yellow-gold, off-white, taupe and more. However, because it is a natural stone, the color and style options are limited (especially in comparison to quartz).
Granite is a good low-maintenance countertop because it doesn’t fade or discolor over time, and is not as sensitive to cleaning chemicals. It does require the occasional upkeep such as sealants to ensure its longevity and luster.
Quartz offers all of the benefits of granite, except that it isn’t completely natural. These countertops are usually made of a majority of quartz, and some resin (with dyes for coloration). Without the color enhancements, quartz can be seen as dull. However, if you want a countertop that requires no maintenance whatsoever, and does not require top coat applications, quartz is for you. The composition of quartz is more or less the same so it doesn’t have as many natural grains, flecks or veins like granite or marble.
Marble countertops are well made and very solid, but they are the least forgiving when compared to granite and quartz. Marble is the most porous material of the three and is sensitive to acidic liquids and chemical cleaners. A good example is wine. Wine can stain a marble countertop if it isn’t wiped away fast enough. A high-grade sealant is required to protect the surface, and must only be done by manufacturers or installation specialists. Be aware that if you choose marble for the kitchen you will be dealing with more maintenance than usual, as well as with unique, unpredictable veining and natural modeling in the overall aesthetic.
Granite, quartz and marble are more expensive than the countertop alternatives of laminate, wood, tile or concrete. Each material is available in a range of quality levels, so make sure to research manufacturers to ensure that you are getting a good investment. Usually, quartz is slightly more expensive than granite, and marble is more expensive than granite. The most cost-effective option could be quartz because of the zero upkeep, or it could be granite depending on your style preferences.
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