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Quartz and marble stone are two of the most popular materials for bathrooms, so no wonder why so many homeowners can’t decide between the two. While they have some similarities, they are different materials with each having its unique characteristics. If you are wondering whether to choose quartz or marble for your bathroom, continue reading and find out in this article.
1. One is manufactured, other is natural
Quartz is manufactured, while marble is a natural stone. This means that marble doesn’t have any other added materials to it, while quartz has resins and polymers. This fact has an impact on almost all characteristics of both materials. While natural sounds better, there are good reasons why quartz is manufactured; and that is to improve its characteristics. The combination extract the best out of each component.
2. Quartz is non-porous
Non-porous surfaces don’t absorb water and liquids. They don’t have tiny pores in which molecules can collect. This gives quartz its stain-resistant quality; quartz will not get stained even with the most persistent liquids. However, marble is a porous material and can get stained quite easily. You will need to pay more attention not to spill something.
3. Marble is not slippery
Because marble is a porous material, it absorbs water to a certain extent. This also means that marble is not slippery, unlike quartz. Since quartz has a non-porous and sleek surface, it can be slippery. This doesn’t need to be a concern if you plan to use quartz for other elements of your bathroom, but not the floor tiles. However, if you still want to use quartz for your floor tiles, just make sure you wipe your tiles regularly and you will be fine.
Since quartz is a manufactured stone, the pigments can be added to make it look like marble. The similarities are very accurate and you will not be able to tell the difference. What makes marble special is its veining, which is always unique. Although quartz has a bit more generic patterns, it still provides the same luxury and elegant appeal. Quartz also comes in a wider variety of colours and patterns. Discover our supreme range, classic range, marble effect range and bookmatch range ideal for residential and commercial projects.
Both stones will handle pressure and weight without cracking. But the difference is in their resistance to chipping and scratching. Marble stone is a softer material that can get scratched easily. Its edges are also prone to chipping. You will not have that problem with quartz, because it is tougher and more resilient.
Although marble is a beautiful stone which beauty is unmatched, if that’s not your main concern, quartz will be a better option for bathroom tops and tiles. The only downside to quartz is that it is slippery, but that can be surpassed by proper use. With quartz, you can have the same appearance with improved characteristics.
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