Choosing the right material for your vanity countertops can be a challenging task because nowadays there are so many options available from natural stone to enginereed quartz slabs, porcelain, wood and more. But some materials have distinguished themselves from the others and those materials are stones.
Still, they have differences between them, so we advise informing about their pros and cons beforehand and choosing the one that fits your manners of use.
1. Quartz is a manufactured stone
While quartz is a manufactured stone, marble is a natural one. That fact affects many different aspects, such as the colour palette, the resistance to staining and so on.
2. Quartz is resistant to staining
Quartz is made of 93% natural quartz and 7% resin and pigments. The resins form a waterproof surface that will be highly resistant to staining. On the other hand, marble is a lot more porous than quartz, and therefore it will get stained a lot easier.
3. Marble needs to be sealed
Marble should be sealed 3-4 times a year. The sealant will make it less porous and more resistant to staining. When it comes to quartz countertops, resins already act as a sealant, so quartz doesn’t need sealing at all.
4. Quartz has a wider colour palette
In the manufacturing process, the pigments are added to change quartz’s colour, add veining or patterns. Because of that, quartz has a very wide selection of colours and patterns. On the other hand, marble is a natural stone, which preserves the colour of the stone it has been queried from.
5. They are easy to clean
When it comes to cleaning, there are no big differences. Both are easily cleaned with just soap and water. With both, you should avoid cleaners that contain bleach or ammonia.
6. Quartz is more resistant to scratching
Quartz is denser material than marble, which makes it more resistant to scratching. Cutting directly on quartz countertops can dull your knives. It is advised with both to use a cutting board.
7. Quartz has a more uniformed look
Quartz can even imitate marble in appearance, but its pattern will be more uniform and regular then marble’s. Both can be an advantage and a disadvantage, depending on your taste.
8. Quartz is more affordable than marble
Generally speaking, quartz is less expensive than marble, but it performs better. There are colours in quartz’s range that will be more expensive than some cheaper marble colours. The unwritten rule is that the rarer the colour is, the more expensive it will be.
All in all, quartz offers a better quality-price ratio and will be a very smart investment. You quartz vanity countertops will last you for decades, without any reasons for you to change them. Quartz also has a very beautiful colour palette with something for every buyer’s need.
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