Choosing a countertop for your kitchen or bathroom can be stressful, and we understand why! They can be one of the most expensive aspects of a renovation, with the added responsibility of affecting the aesthetics of a space. Picking the “right” countertop shouldn’t be a decision based exclusively on looks; factors like durability, price, ease of maintenance. You should also consider availability when making your decision.
But we can help! We break down the pros and cons of engineered quartz, granite, and marble.
Pros: Engineered quartz is made by several different manufacturers in a wide range of colors and textures. It’s made with the general durability of real stone slabs, but with the ease of manufacturing and installation of a man-made product. As a result, engineered quartz isn’t as expensive as other natural stone countertops. It’s also non-porous, so it doesn’t stain like natural stone can, and doesn’t chip or crack as easily.
Cons: On the other hand, customers can expect to see these qualities reflected in the price of engineered quartz, which can be on the higher end. Quartz also doesn’t handle extreme heat as well as granite does. Therefore it could potentially crack if exposed to enough heat.
Pros: As one of the most common, higher-end countertop materials, granite is a very hard substance that is resistant to scratches. In fact, it’s so hard that it will dull most knife blades! It’s also resistant to heat and, when sealed, stains as well. A granite countertop in the bathroom will not suffer from heat marks from hair dryers or curlers. It’s also available in a range of colors.
Cons: Because granite naturally is porous, it does need to be resealed every 8 to 10 years to maintain its resistance to staining. And because its a natural material, it’s not available in as wide a range of colors as other man-made countertop options.
Pros: Known for being one of the most desirable, elegant materials for countertops, marble won’t disappoint. It is heat-resistant, and available in a range of colors. And as a naturally occurring product, marble offers a one-of-a-kind option where each slab is different.
Cons: Marble isn’t without its flaws though. Its high price means that it isn’t an option for everyone. It is also quite high in maintenance, requiring regular resealing. Sometimes as frequently as every 6 months, depending on how often you cook. Marble countertops are also particularly prone to scratches, soiling and chipping.