Quartz vs. marble countertops―what’s the deal and what’s the difference? Today, I’m talking about why Cody and I chose quartz countertops for our kitchen and master bathroom when I’ve been talking about marble for years.
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When Cody and I started looking for our first home over the summer, we were particularly excited to tour bright white homes with gorgeous marble countertops. OK, I’m the only one who cared about marble countertops, but Cody was a good sport and obliged. All of the homes we toured during our house hunt were older but had been recently renovated with modern fixtures and finishes, so they had the look I wanted for our house.
The market in the Dallas area is stupid competitive, so we quickly discovered the newly-renovated homes we were touring were either way out of our price range or scooped up by other buyers days after being listed for sale. We realized that finding a bright white, move-in ready home was going to prove extremely difficult. We were going to have to purchase a fixer-upper and renovate it ourselves.
The home-buying process wasn’t easy, but once we finally purchased a home, I started researching different stones for countertops. Calacatta and Carrara marble were numbers one and two on my list, but as I got deeper and deeper into my research, I started reading horror stories about how delicate marble is. “Marble scratches!” “Marble stains!” “Marble cracks!” I mean, so what CAN I do with marble countertops? Am I going to be able to, you know, cook in my kitchen?
Cody and I are pretty messy, and red wine is at the tip-top of our food chain, so I quickly became discouraged that I wouldn’t be able to get my dream countertops. That’s when I started reading about quartz, and my faith in getting a bright white kitchen and bathroom was restored.
So what is quartz? Why is quartz a desirable stone for kitchens and bathrooms?
Quartz is manufactured using between 90%-95% quartz, with the remaining material consisting of polymer resins. Unlike marble, this combination makes for a virtually indestructible countertop. That’s great news, but if you’re like me, you’re wondering: “OK, but what does it look like?” Good news, some of the variations LOOK JUST LIKE MARBLE.
As soon as I saw Statuario quartz, I knew I had found my kitchen countertops. They are bright white with grey veining and absolutely gorgeous! The best part is I can leave my red wine glass out overnight and not wake up at 2 a.m. panicked that there will be a merlot stain on my countertop in the morning. The pricing is comparable to marble, so it’s not cheap. However, you are getting a low-maintenance, non-porous, hard stone that looks incredibly high-end.
After YEARS of obsessing over all-things marble, we aren’t putting it anywhere in our house. Honestly, after seeing how pretty and durable quartz is, I don’t know why anyone would get marble unless they take a lot of pride in owning natural stone. But that’s just me! Regardless of my opinion, I still want to provide some clear pros and cons for quartz and marble for those of you still deciding which stone is right for you.
Pros and cons of quartz countertops:
- Comes in a variety of colors, including Statuario and Calacatta, which look just like marble
- Non-porous stone
- Scratch and stain resistant
- Often comes with warranty
- Low maintenance
- Requires no sealant
- It’s a beautiful stone
- It’s not “the real thing”
Pros and cons of marble countertops:
- It’s “the real thing”
- It’s a beautiful stone
- Must be sealed annually
- Porous stone
- High maintenance
- Scratches and stains easily
What are your thoughts? Does anyone have quartz or marble in their home? What do you like about your stone of choice? And let me know if you guys have any questions for me!
As soon as our house is finished, I’ll have a home reveal where you can see all of our quartz countertops. For my latest update on our home renovation, check out this post. That will be coming in the next few weeks!