In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some of the simple differences between marble and quartz for your countertop needs. These products are similar in some ways, but their differences are the areas you really want to focus on as you look to select the ideal countertop surface.
At Creative Granite & Design, we’re happy to offer both marble and quartz countertops, along with several other materials you might be considering for your countertop upgrade. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over a few additional areas to look at when you’re selecting between quartz and marble.
Durability and expected lifespan are naturally important considerations when selecting any countertop material. In this area, each of these materials has its own sets of pros and cons.
Marble, for starters, is extremely strong and heat-resistant, as it’s a metamorphic rock. On the flip side, it is porous, meaning that it can be stained more easily than quartz. In terms of lifespan, marble is typically expected to last around 20 years with proper care and maintenance.
Quartz, on the other hand, is man-made from natural materials. As a result, it is non-porous and therefore resistant to staining. Quartz countertops are also resistant to cracks, but not quite as resistant to heat as marble. In terms of lifespan, quartz is typically expected to last 30 years or more with proper care and maintenance.
Maintenance and Upkeep
One area where quartz has a definite advantage over marble is within the realm of maintenance and upkeep. Specifically, because marble is a porous surface, it requires sealing roughly every six months in order to keep it looking its best and prevent staining. Quartz, on the other hand, does not require sealing at all.
In terms of cleaning, both materials can be easily cleaned with warm water and a mild soap. However, because marble is more susceptible to staining, you’ll want to be careful about what cleaning products you use on it and avoid anything that is too abrasive.
The cost of marble and quartz countertops can vary depending on a number of different factors, such as the type of stone, the size of the countertop, and more. In general, however, marble tends run between $100 and $200 per square foot installed, while quartz starts a bit higher — usually from about $115 to $200 per square foot.
This is just a very broad estimate, however, and it’s important to get a more specific quote for your individual project.
When it comes down to it, there are many things to consider when selecting a countertop material. In this two-part blog series, we’ve tried to cover the most important considerations. But ultimately, the best way to decide which material is right for you is by speaking with our professionals and telling them about all your detailed needs, allowing them to evaluate your situation and recommend the ideal material.
For more on this, or to learn about any of our high-end granite or other countertop materials, speak to the team at Creative Granite & Design today.