Posted on: 1 July 2016
If you want the look of elegant marble, but your budget can't handle the expense, white quartz may be an affordable option for your bathroom vanity or kitchen island and countertops. Quartz is available in a wide variety of colors, including white with gray veining that gives it the look of marble. But there are practical reasons other than high quality at lower cost to go with white quartz over marble.
Offers the look of natural stone.
Marble is a natural stone whereas quartz countertops are made from natural quartz mineral mixed with epoxy resins to form a hard surface for countertops. Although quartz slabs are made in a factory, you can choose from patterns and color combinations that mimic the look of natural stone. Sometimes it's even hard to tell marble-like quartz countertops from real marble.
Gives you versatility.
You can choose from a selection of quartz countertops that will complement almost any kitchen design. And quartz isn't just for use as kitchen and bathroom vanity countertops.
Since quartz can be cut into different sizes, thicknesses, and shapes, you can have the look of marble for flooring, kitchen and bathroom backsplash tiles, or decorative interior wall cladding.
Resists stains, scratches, and heat.
If you want a countertop that can take a lot of daily wear and tear, quartz countertops are highly durable. Because it's engineered to be dense and strong, the hard surface of quartz is also chip and crack resistant.
Natural marble is softer than quartz; therefore, it scratches more easily than surfaces made of harder materials. Even normal use can lead to surface scratches.
Requires minimal maintenance.
Because of its soft and porous qualities, stains (and germs) can penetrate into marble, which is why it needs periodic sealing and polishing. The advantages of a non-porous quartz countertop is that it doesn't require sealing and you can clean it easily with soap and water.
Inhibits the growth of bacteria.
Unlike the porous surface of marble, bacteria that cause food-borne illnesses can't penetrate the solid surface of a quartz countertop. Some kitchen counter manufacturers also offer quartz countertops with built-in antimicrobial properties. This makes quartz a more sanitary surface than porous materials like marble and granite on which to prepare food.
Although quartz is easier to cut than marble without damaging the slab, a trained and certified installer can install your marble-look quartz countertop with less installation waste. But quartz is extremely heavy, so it takes more than one installer to lift the countertop in place.Share