May 7, 2021
Quartz, Quartzite, Granite, Marble? There are so many different kind of stones out there, and we get asked all the time from our clients on what will be the best countertop to fit their lifestyle. So today we are sharing what the difference is between them and the Pros and Cons to each.
Quartz is a man-made material verses a natural stone. It is extremely durable and handles everyday wear and tear, making it a go to for large families and busy lifestyles. It is a great option for kitchens and baths that get the most use. Since it is a man-made material it can tend to lack the character and movement that a natural stone may have.
Quartzite is a natural stone, typically found in shades of gray and white. The stone has often been compared to marble due to the elegant look. The great thing about quartzite is that it can give you the look of marble, but with more functionality similar to granite. Quartzite is extremely durable it is heat, stain and scratch resistant-making it the perfect use in a kitchen. If sealed properly it is moisture resistant, however do not let liquid sit for long periods of time otherwise it will seep in. You will need to reseal periodically.
Granite is a natural stone that is formed underground when magma has cooled, allowing large crystals of minerals to form. These crystals are what give granite it's color. Granite comes in a variety of colors. While not as durable as quartzite, granite is still very durable. Granite is the most heat resistant, hot pots and pans can be placed directly on the surface and not cause any damage. It can damage sharp knives, so it is best not to cut directly on it. It is very porous so if not sealed correctly liquids left for long periods of time will eventually absorb. A slight advantage granite has over quartzite is that it does not need to be re-sealed quite as often.
Marble is a beautiful natural stone that creates elegance. Marble is also heat resistance, it stands up well to hot pots and pans. It is an extremely porous material, so spills can easily seep deep down causing stains. Marble is also vulnerable to nicks, cracks and scratches. Marble requires the most maintenance, but with the right care and maintenance it is far more manageable than people realize.