Choosing the right material for your bathroom or kitchen countertop is a big decision. After all, your countertops will last you for many years, and will have a profound effect on the value of your home in the future. Coles’ experienced Kitchen and Bath remodeling team can help you choose the perfect materials for your needs. There are Pros and Cons to each material, click here to compare Granite vs. Quartz.
As one of the hardest natural stones, granite can be on the pricier side. This means it’s also the most durable, which is great for family kitchens that get a lot of use but still want that element of luxury. It is also one of the most scratch- and heat-resistant natural stones available. To maintain its longevity, granite will need to be resealed regularly.
Although the name is thrown around pretty loosely, marble is actually pretty specific. Marble is a composite of calcite, graphite, and a variety of other minerals. It’s one of the softer natural stones, which makes it a little less durable. It’s prone to etching, but there’s no denying the luxe look.
A blend of natural stone and synthetic resins, Quartz is perfect for the low-fuss cook. It does not require sealing or polishing and has double the impact resistance of natural stone. It’s more resistant to household cleaning supplies and chemicals than natural stone options, but it is a bit sensitive to heat, so hot cookware shouldn’t be set directly on it.
Terrazzo was super popular in the 80’s and has come back in recent years, proving to be an unexpectedly timeless trend. It is a composite material made of up chips of marble, quartz, granite, glass, and other materials, that are then poured into a chemical resin cast. It works great as a continuous slab stretching from countertops to the floor.
Food can be prepped directly on the surface of a butcher block counter, which is pretty convenient. An occasional oiling is worth it if you love the warm, rustic look. There are a variety of options for permanently sealing butcher block countertops to make the surface more water- and heat-resistant.
Onyx is formed from water dripping in limestone caves, which creates beautiful, unique veining. It’s super soft, even more so than marble which means it’s a little less durable, but with the right sealant, it can become more long-lasting and resistant, but wear can be expected over time. Calcite, travertine, and onyx are the only natural stones that can be backlit, which makes their natural glow even more captivating.
Quartzite is a very desirable natural stone similar in appearance to marble and onyx. It is created from grains of sand, in an evolutionary process that takes a very long time, which makes it so precious. Along with granite, it is one of the more heat- and scratch-resistant natural stones. And is relatively nonporous compared to marble and other stones.