Countertops – Quartz or Marble?

Hi Everyone,

Today is all about Countertops and I was wondering, if you guys have ever been in the situation before that you had to pick a countertop for yourself or giving advice to a friend? Or maybe you are currently looking into buying new countertops for your kitchen or bathroom?

It’s a “Taff” decision and made right as countertops are usually not the least expensive investment when renovating your space or building.

I have to advice from the beginning: Please do not purchase any cheap Quartz countertop – weather Marble, nor Quartz. Inexpensive Quartz will break easily or leave stains and in the end it won’t make you happy and you have actually more work on you end that you need to sacrifice headaches and your valuable time.

There are a couple Quartz Countertops that I can suggest, but first let me explain to you shortly what the difference is between Quartz and Marble and why I would pick Quartz over Marble for Kitchen and Bathrooms.

What is the difference between Quartz and Marble?

Marble is classic and a natural metamorphosed limestone or dolomite rock.
A lot of countries around the world desire Marble and it’s natural beauty.

Quartz is a man-made, engineers product of natural stone fused with polymer resin.
It’s beautiful and here it comes – durable. The durability makes Quartz powerful.

Why choosing Quartz over Marble?

As you can already guess, it’s because of it’s durability, but also because of it’s opportunity to look exactly like Marble. A few more aspects below:

  1. First of all Marble is very high maintenance. This said, one issue is water, which is usually unavoidable when placing Marble in Kitchen and Bathrooms. It can leave marks.
  2. Be careful as well with acidic materials to be left on the countertop, as it can stain as well.
  3. Marble also requires regular sealing, which occurs to long-term costs.

What’s my favourite Quartz Countertop?

My favourite brands are the following:

Cambria and Caesarstone are offering a wide range of colours. Both having lots of Marble looking options, which are my personal favourites throughout the whole collections. The main difference is that Caesarstone is from Europe and Cambria from the USA.

Where can I see Quartz Countertops?

In Vancouver, B.C. I suggest to visit Floform or Colonial Countertops, although only Floform has Cambria. Every Countertops supplier shall have a showroom and samples to hand out. Please don’t hesitate to ask for samples as it’s important to look at finishes in your own home. I used to tell my clients that it is important to see it in different lighting, especially in your own space where the countertop will be installed.

Worst scenario – Stains

While working for a Countertop Company, I learned a lot about the maintenance and care of the countertops. But what I learned for sure is, if there is a need for advice for a countertop stain or anything similar, please do not use any advice online or try products on it that you have currently handy. Please contact your countertop supplier immediately. They will be able to direct you and let you know what needs to be done.

Thank you

for taking the time reading my article and I hope this article was helpful.

By the way, I am currently in process to pick the countertops for a residence in Squamish  in Crumpit Woods – Stay tuned and follow my instagram to find out more.

Anyways, I wish you lots fun picking and choosing your Countertops and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Have a great day!
Sina

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