Marble and quartz have been known for their durability and sturdiness. Some of the most luxury hotel bathrooms have either marble or quartz for their vanity tops, shower walls and tiles. You can also have such a piece of luxury just by choosing either one of the two for your bathroom.
But when it comes to choosing one or the other, you will certainly want to examine all the characteristics of both and choose the best one for you. Continue reading and find out the differences but also the similarities between these two materials, and if you look for quartz or marble stone surfaces visit VictoriaMarble’s showroom for free samples and advice.
Quartz is more resistant to staining
Quartz is an engineered material made of natural quartz stone, resins and polymers. Each of its components has a special role in the final product; natural quartz gives it sturdiness, while resins are making it non-porous. Non-porous surfaces are the ones that don’t absorb water and liquids. Quartz stone worktops and surfaces are highly resistant to staining.
Marble is, unlike quartz, a porous material. It can get stained, so make special attention not to spill anything on it or, if you do, to remove it immediately.
Quartz has a wider colour range
As a manufactured product, quartz has a very wide colour range. In its palette, you can find both neutral and bright colours. Marble doesn’t have as wide range as quartz, but some of its colours are considered by the many the most beautiful ones. For example, Calacatta and Statuario are very recognizable and are considered by the many the most beautiful marble types.
Marble is more unique
Each marble slab has different veining. The veining is the representation of the mineral impurities in the stone and its percentage is unpredictable. Since marble is a natural product, each its slab is different from the other. This is not the case with quartz and it has more uniformed patterns. This can be an advantage too if you like a uniformed look better.
They are both very durable
Both materials are very hard stones that will not break or crack easily. They are also very heavy. Some cabinets may require additional structural support before the installation. Although they are both very durable, marble tends to chip around the edges easier than quartz.
Quartz is more resistant to scratches
Quartz has a harder top layer that is more resistant to scratches. Marble has a softer surface and it can get scratched if you drop a sharp object on it.
Marble resists high temperatures better
High temperatures can lessen the bond between quartz stone and resins and you should avoid putting away a hot hair dryer on your work surfaces. Marble worktops, on the other hand, absorbs heat from other objects quickly and it will never get burned or crack under such temperatures.
Both materials are excellent options for bathroom work surfaces and you should choose the one that fits your manners of use better.
Need more comparison between marble and quartz bathroom work surfaces? Please, feel free to contact Victoria Marble for any additional information.