Marble vs. Quartz
Marble, as a natural stone has long been used as countertop material because of its elegance and the amazing look it provides to one’s Kitchen. However, as with every material, it has some limitations.
Quartz on the other hand is a totally man-made stone that has overcome quite a number of shortcomings marble had. For example, Quartz is available in a wide range of colors and designs including marble-like designs. There are several types of marble-like quartz such as Romano White Quartz, Glacier White Quartz, Cashmere Carrara Quartz, and Calacatta Vincenza Quartz, which offer the looks of either Carrara or Calacatta white Marble.
Knowing that these stones mimic the looks of white marble, is quartz the new marble? Will quartz ever replace marble? To find out, we are going to compare both materials in a few aspects, which are: Appearance, Strength, and Resilience.
Of course, both materials look quite alike despite a few differences. For example, Quartz shows more consistency at the level of its appearance. Seeing as it is totally man-made, it is uniform in color and pattern. That uniformity at least assures you that the sample color you decide to go for is exactly what you will get.
Stones such as Carrara or Calacatta Quartz give the marble look but will never be able to make it look as natural as the marble.
Again, Quartz can compete with marble but the marble has the incredible advantage of being unique as no two pieces are the same. Besides, its classic beauty totally stands out.
When it comes to strength, quartz scores the point because it has proven to be stronger than marble, which on the other hand is more prone to cracks. If quite heavy forces are applied, like a pan mistakenly hitting the countertop, quartz will certainly stand the shock better than marble.
Under the aspect of resilience, quartz has proven itself again to be more resilient by its higher resistance to scratches than marble. This resistance to scratches as well as its resistance to stains makes quartz overall more resilient as its non-porous nature does not permit stains to easily penetrate.
On the other hand, though marble is porous, sealing it causes it to be stain resistant. However, the sealing should be done after some time because to avoid stains because once they settle in, they are hard to get out but not impossible. Though quartz has scored quite some points under the resilience and durability aspect, marble is still better at resisting heat than quartz, which makes it quite a good option for the kitchen.
Finally, it is quite safe to conclude that despite the fact that quartz offers a marble look, it cannot take marble’s place. Besides, each material is adapted for a particular set of people depending on what their needs are.