As one of the most trusted companies for stone renovations, our team at ItalMarble has seen and heard it all.  Whether general questions regarding natural stone care to intricate details between marble and quartz, we’re here to help. No matter what the scenario may be, there are a few questions that tend to arise more than others.  In this article, we’re taking a look at the most frequently asked questions concerning the pros and cons between marble and quartz countertops.

Which stone is the best countertop option?

With so many options, it’s understandable why this question is one of the most frequently asked. Unfortunately, there is no right or wrong answer. The best way to narrow your selection is by considering your budget and the use of the surface. When it concerns these two materials, the cost can be similar, but the stone’s tolerance and maintenance requirements differ.

Can I customize my color?

When considering marble, you’re considering a raw, natural slab that is displayed in your distributor’s showroom.  The intricate veins provide luxury and timeless elegance. On the other hand, quartz countertops are man made.  Often, quartz can mimic marble, but since it’s manufactured, quartz is more easily controlled in the consistency between pattern and color.

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What are the options for edging?

Once you decide on the material, choosing the type of edging will be your next task.  And, again, you’ll be faced with a variety of options.  Depending on your overall look and feel of the environment, it is best to consult with your trusted team of industry experts.  From bullnose to ogee, the possibilities are endless with edging types.

Which countertop is easiest to maintain?

Marble countertops are porous and softer in comparison to quartz countertops.  Because of these traits, care and maintenance requirements are more demanding.  Marble is known to stain if spills are not promptly attended, etching and watermarks can also be common.  Marble also requires routine resealing where quartz does not.

However, quartz is susceptible to discoloration with exposure to direct sunlight.  If discoloration is to occur, there is no reversing the effects. So, going back to the use and environment are key elements in this category as well.

Are marble or quartz countertops heat resistant?

If you’re looking for a luxurious solution that will wow guests in restaurants, hotels, and even your kitchen, heat resistance is a significant factor.  While both offer some level of tolerance, quartz countertops are the more durable choice.

Contact our team today to request a quote on your next residential or commercial renovation project (781) 595-4859. With decades of industry experience and a commitment to our clients, you can have peace of mind that no matter what the choice may be, the result will surpass your highest expectations.