There are many stone choices for your new countertops for your kitchen or bath remodel

If you’re undergoing a new renovation or remodeling project in your home, your contractor might ask you what sort of stone (either natural or engineered) would you like. Options you’ll be given might include marble, granite and quarts. Well you might be familiar with one or all of them, you probably might not fully understand which would one would be better for your particular project. However, all three can be used in a variety of projects, including kitchen and bathroom remodels. To help you better understand all three, here are a few differences between them all so that you can choose the best for you desired look and function:

Quartz

The very durable and capable natural stone can last for years to come! Quartz is a great choice for counter-tops and back-splashes since it’s heat, chemical, stain and scratch resistant. Engineered from natural quartz, the surface is pretty low maintenance, which is why many use it for a number of projects. Since it’s artificially colored, you can select from a wide selection of colors to match you project. But since it’s a manufactured stone, it’s quite difficult to duplicate the pattern and veining look that natural granite or marble has. It’s also a bit pricy since it’s manufactured, but you’re really paying for its durability and low maintenance. It doesn’t need to be sealed like porous marble or granite.

Marble

Marble is made of natural stone and comes from limonite. It has that beautiful veining look that many crave, which is why the term “marbling” exists. It ages well and comes in a variety of color options, as well as patterns. However, since it’s a porous material, it needs to be sealed regularly in order to reduce stains from foods, beverages and more. Marble can also be sensitive to certain chemical, limiting they type of cleaning agents you use. You’ll also want to clean spills as quickly as possible to avoid staining. Anything that’s acidic will leave an etch mark if left on the surface too long. There’s a lot of maintenance required with marble and it can be quite costly. But it looks beautiful for any project!

Granite

Granite is also a natural stone and is durable and capable of lasting for several years like quartz. What makes it so favorable is the fact that it’s scratch, heat, stains and chemical resistant, so you can use it for your bathroom or kitchen remodels. Since it’s a rock, the material is made up of many minerals, including feldspar, quartz and plagiarize. It’s formed deep within the earth, which is why it’s so durable and hard. It can also withstand high temperatures of heat that’s commonly associated with cooking and doesn’t show watermarks, which is why it’s a common surface for kitchens. If you want something that’s low-maintenance or won’t fade over time, you’ll definitely want to opt for granite!

If you’re still not sure which to choose, talk to your designer about which one would be a better option for your project!

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