Marble is truly a timeless classic when it comes to building materials. While there are many options of countertop materi- als that are beautiful, many homeowners simply feel that there is no material as beautiful as marble. With numerous colors and styles available, many of which include elegant veining, it is surely hard to match the beauty of marble countertops. While much of marble’s appeal lies in its appearance, the material is also relatively durable. However, you must keep up on maintenance if you want to keep marble ocuntertops in good shape. Because marble is more porous than granite, the countertops will require re- sealing more often. You will have to re-seal marble countertops a few times per year. Marble is a terrific option for elegant countertops. There is no denying the beauty that this stone can add to your space. We do not recommend this for kitchens, but a guest bathroom would be an area with less traffic that marble would work well in Below is a table that lists out the positive and negative.
are engineered surfaces that are made from a combination of roughly 90 percent ground natural quartz and about 10 percent polyresin. These specific percentages can slightly differ based on brands but will always be in the same area.
Although quartz countertops are engineered, the surfaces are incredibly attractive. Due to the fact that they are manufactured, quartz countertops have many different styles, including those that replicate natural stones like granite and marble. Another bene- fit that results from these surfaces being engineered is that they are non-porous
, which separates them from both granite and marble. This means that quartz countertops do not require the sealing that granite and marble countertops do.
One thing you must watch out for is not exposing quartz countertops to excessive heat. High levels of heat can melt the resin and cause a permanent burn mark on the surface. Never set down hot pots or pans on a quartz countertop. Heat resistance is one of the only areas in which quartz does not match or surpass other countertop options.
Homeowners often turn to quartz as an alternative to not only granite and marble but materials such as solid surface as well. While quartz can closely compare with granite and marble, it is of better quality than solid surface countertops. The table below displays the positive and negative qualities of quartz.
The table below will give you an idea on how the typical costs compare between these three countertop options. Have additional questions? Call
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