Pros and Cons of Granite, Quartz & Marble

Granite

Pro
• All natural stone
• More art-like material available
• Well sealed is imperious to bacteria
• Cracks are easier to surface polish and chips are easily repaired and are well hidden
• More heat tolerant than quartz

Con
• May need resealed
• Has natural imperfections

Quartz

Pro
• Engineered stone
• Unique colors
• Stronger-prone to less breakage
• Nonporous No sealing

Con
• Cracks/scratches/chips not easily fixed/removed - will require professional repair or replacement
• Can burn/scorch Is susceptible to discoloration with long-term sun exposure


Both Granite & Quartz are:

• Easily cleaned with soap and water
• Low maintenance
• Exceptionally durable - extremely hard surfaces
• Scratch resistant and have low absorbency

Both Granite & Quartz are NOT:

• Scratch PROOF - they are scratch RESISTANT - cutting board is always recommended
• Heat PROOF - they are heat RESISTANT - a trivet or potholder is always recommended
(Both Granite & Quartz can suffer “Thermal Shock”. This is when a cold surface is heated extremely fast and causes the material to crack or discolor. In Granite, it may ruin the sealer.)
• Chemical PROOF - keep bleach, oven cleaners and other chemicals off of countertops
• Fractures PROOF - both are very durable, but not indestructible

Marble

• Great for use in bathrooms, offices & fireplace surrounds
• Heat Resistant:
- Bathroom - styling tools won’t mar unless left for some time
- Fireplace surround - won’t yellow due to heat; not damaged by occasional spark
• Marble is very porous, but it can be sealed
• Use caution with nail polisher, liquid makeup or remover

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