5 Difference Between Quartz Marble Effect and Natural Marble Stone
Quartz and marble are one of the most popular stones for kitchen and bathroom surfaces. At first glance, marble and quartz have many similarities: they share a similar appearance, they can be veined and elegant. But even natural marble and quartz with marble effect are very different materials with distinct characteristics. Continue reading and find out the 5 differences between quartz marble effect and natural marble.
1. Quartz is manufactured, marble is natural
Almost all differences between marble and quartz come from the way they are produced. Marble is a natural stone without any additional components. Quartz is made of natural quartz stone, resins and polymers. This fact affects almost all other characteristics of both stones, including a variety of colours. When quartz is manufactured the pigments are added to make it look like other stones, especially marble.
2. Quartz is non-porous
Resins, one of the components of quartz slabs makes a waterproof surface that no liquids can break. Quartz has a non-porous surface due to resins. Such surfaces are highly resistant to staining. Marble is, on the other hand, porous and can get stained.
3. Marble is unique
The beauty of marble is undeniable. Since it doesn’t have any added pigments or other components, marble preserves its natural mineral impurities which are seen in its veining. As with everything created by nature, the veining and its intensity, colour and placement are always different.
That can’t be said for quartz because its patterns are man-made and uniformed. However, some may prefer a uniformed look over an unpredictable one.
4. Quartz requires less maintenance
Quartz has a smooth surface that makes the cleaning very easy. Since it is stain proof, you will not have any difficulties removing the spills, even if they are dried. Quartz also doesn’t need sealing because resins are already acting as a sealant.
However, you will have more troubles removing the spills from marble tops then from quartz. You will need to pay attention to always immediately remove the spills. Since marble is porous, it needs to be sealed several times a year.
The cleaning of both is handled in the same way; you can use soap and water for both. You should avoid using harsh chemicals with both.
5. Marble is UV resistant
Marble can be used outdoors and indoors on very sunny spots and its colour will not fade. Quartz, on the other hand, is not advised for outdoor use because resins can react when exposed to UV rays. The colour can fade if your slabs are exposed to constant UV rays.
The beauty of natural marble is undeniable, but with quartz, you are getting more for your bank. Quartz marble effect gives a very similar appearance as real marble, only with better characteristics. You can have the best of both worlds just by choosing one of the colours with a marble effect.
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