The Ultimate Stone Top Guide: Marble vs Granite vs Quartz

Kitchen countertops, dining tables, or even feature walls present an opportunity to really make a statement and designers most commonly recommend quarts, granite, or marble.

Having a hard time choosing which countertop surface is best for you? Well, it is not surprising considering the large variety of products available in the market nowadays! Let’s us break down the true qualities of the modern day stone countertops – composition/properties, maintenance/sustainability, and costing.

Composition & Characteristic:

Marble – is a metamorphic rock that forms when limestone is subjected to heat and pressure, composed primarily of the mineral Calcite and other foreign minerals, like quartzite, micas, pyrite, iron oxides, and graphite. When metamorphosis happens, the limestone recrystalises to form marble.

A natural material with low impurities level and great variety in terms of veinings, and colour. Most importantly, it has lovely natural pattern from piece to piece, which you don’t get with a lot of artificial materials or even other sort of natural stones.

With technological advancements, there are now more ways to finish stone with different brushing and polishing techniques to achieve multiple types of finishing. A few options are the leather finish, honed finish, or polished finish. But the most popular choices remain polished, which looks glossy, or honed, which appears matte.

Granite – is a coarse or medium-grained intrusive igneous rock that is rich in quartz and feldspar; it is the most common plutonic rock of the Earth’s crust, forming by the cooling of magma (silicate melt) at depth. The term granite is derived from the Latin word granum meaning grain. It is full of small and large grains of crystals. This mineral composition usually gives granite a red, pink, gray, or white color with dark mineral grains visible throughout the rock.

Granite characteristics include strength and durability. This unique and elegant natural stone is one of the oldest, hardest, and strongest stones available. A truly beautiful natural stone with hundreds of colors and patterns to choose from with many countries of origins.

Quartz – is a man-made material comprising of approximately 90% quartz and 10% epoxy binder (resin) and acrylic pigments to give it color. For some designs, small amounts of recycled glass or metallic flecks are added to the mix. The resins also help make these counters stain and scratch resistant—and nonporous, so they never need to be sealed. The components of this material is generally quartz/quartzites - a hard, crystalline mineral composed o