So you’re ready to make some big changes in your home? Maybe you saw some exciting new ideas on Fixer Upper on HGTV? Or are you making plans to build a new house, or bringing a new style to your current home? Any way you look at it, you are likely considering upgrading some of your counter, floor, or wall surfaces.
One of the best ways to upgrade the look and feel of your home is to add marble, granite, or quartz to your flooring, or kitchen and bathroom fixtures. How do you decide what is best for your home and budget, as well as catch your guests’ attention when they walk in your door? Let’s take a look at the aspects that make each material unique:
- Color/design availability
You may think marble is only for statues or that stately mansion on the hill, but with marble, you can add a bit of elegance to your own home. Marble is a completely natural stone — it is essentially mined, polished, and ready for installation. If you are looking for a certain color to go with your decor, marble is available in a variety of colors, including red, black, white, blue, cream, and more. Marble is the most costly of these three types of stone, but once you check it out, you may agree that it is worth every penny!
For flooring, bathrooms are the more common choice for marble, due to its higher maintenance requirements in high traffic areas, like the kitchen. However, just adding a marble feature in the kitchen, like for your backsplash, may be just the touch of refinement and luxury you are seeking.
Of the three we are discussing here, marble is the softest and most porous stone, and requires the most frequent maintenance. Marble is a calcareous stone, which means that it is made mostly of calcium carbonate, also found in shells and pearls. This also means that it’s sensitive to acidic substances, like some cleaning fluids, as well as citrus fruits and tomatoes.
To keep their shine looking like new, your marble surfaces should be resealed about every six to eight months. In between, use a dust mop to clean everyday dust and dirt, and once a month, use a mild, non-soap cleaner, or one specifically for marble floors, to do a more deep cleaning.
Granite comes straight from nature, so if you are seeking a natural stone, granite or marble would fit the bill. Granite differs from marble in its hardness, making it one of the most resilient types of natural stone.
Granite also comes in many different colors, so can easily fit in with your design ideas. As compared with marble, it is not as glossy, so your choice in this category would depend on the style you are creating in your space.
While marble is sensitive to many acidic cleaning products and foods (including wine!), granite is very resistant to stains, scratches, and discoloration. Granite also requires occasional sealing, so you may want to consider that in your renovation budget.
Both granite and quartz are types of siliceous stone, which is usually resistant to most acids found in the kitchen or bath. You can clean your granite surfaces with a damp cloth, adding a little soapy water for heavier cleanup needs. Bleach, ammonia, or any other heavy-duty cleaning products could damage or remove the sealant on your stone, so they should be avoided.
Quartz is manufactured from a mixture of quarried stone, ground, and mixed with polymers and often other materials to add color or design. Because of this “engineered” quality, quartz can come in just about any color or design you would like.
Quartz may be the way to go if you are seeking a lower maintenance option for high-traffic areas or countertops for your kitchen, for instance. It is often used for kitchen countertops since it is durable and stain-resistant.
One of the big advantages to quartz is that it requires no sealing, and maintenance is relatively easy — just clean up with regular soap and water
Of the three choices we are discussing, quartz is the least costly, but of course, your choice depends on the style you are seeking to create in your home.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Any of the three — Marble, Granite, or Quartz — will make an exciting addition to your remodeling or new home project! Here are some basic takeaways for you to think about:
- Origin — Marble and granite are both 100% natural stone, while quartz is manufactured from a mixture of stone and polymers and other materials.
- Color/design availability — Quartz and granite offer the most color/design choices, but marble also offers a wide array.
- Maintenance — Marble requires the most maintenance, followed by granite, then quartz, which doesn’t need to be regularly sealed.
- Cost — Marble is highest, followed by another natural stone, granite. Quartz is the lowest cost.
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