Quartz countertops that look like marble: which is better, marble or quartz?
As countertop materials both marble and quartz are sometimes opposed to each other in some sort of quest in finding which material is best suited for a kitchen countertop. Actually, no one can decide which one best suits another simply because, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder and everyone’s needs differ. However, we can compare both stones on several aspects to facilitate one’s choice. The three aspects we are going to consider here are:
– Resilience (Resistance to heat, scratches etc.)
Appearance: The fact is that Quartz is a manmade material. Due to that, it offers some degree of consistency in the veining, the color and everything. Because of that, at the appearance level, Quartz slabs that look like marble score some points. However, the difference lies in the fact that, nature provides unique stones whereas the man-made quartz slabs are manufactured in large quantities.
Therefore, if you desire a unique stone, marble may be the stone for you, as no two slabs look alike. But if you want a more consistent look, then Quartz is a safer choice.
Some Quartz stones that look like marble includes: Romano White Quartz, Glacier White Quartz, Cashmere Carrara Quartz and Calacatta Vincenza Quartz. These stones offer the looks of either Carrara or Calacatta white marble as well as the features that have made Quartz a widely adopted material.
Resilience: Quartz is a non-porous, germ-free material that doesn’t require a high level of maintenance (sealing or waxing). Besides, when it comes to cleaning, it is relatively easier to clean than marble and stands up extremely well against cuts, and abrasions, and is virtually stain-resistant.
Marble on the other hand is not as resistant to cuts and stains. As a matter of fact, marble is very porous and in order for it to have some degree of stain resistance, it requires frequent sealing and waxing.
However, Quartz is not very resistant to heat as compared to marble that can stand heat quite easily.
Over a certain period of time, if you have no issues with your countertop being a little scratched and not as glowing as in the beginning, you may opt for marble, you are able to polish the marble back to its natural self.
Strength: Marble is not the strongest of materials as it can easily break under applied forces. Actually, a lot of people are hesitant about marble as a countertop because if care is not taken, scratches become cuts.
To conclude, we will say each material has its pros and cons and, depending on what you want, one material may represent the best option for you.