Marble versus Quartz: Which is Better?

 

 

One of the biggest debates in kitchen and home design is this: should granite be replaced by marble, or quartz? While more developers are looking toward quartz as an alternative to marble, neither one clearly outweighs the other. But there are four different categories that compare the two materials, and can help both developers and homeowners decide which one best suits them. Their appearance, durability, maintenance and overall cost can play a part in choosing which one is better to replace granite.

For appearance, it is largely a matter of preference. According to MSI Surfaces, while Quartz is more uniform in its design and color, it can also mimic the look of natural stone as well. Meanwhile, with marble, each slab is one-of-a-kind. If you have marble as your kitchen countertop, no other counter will be the same as that one. The uniqueness adds a classic beauty to any room. 

Renderings courtesy of KAR Properties (Marble)

Marble

Quartz

Appearance

  • One-of-a-kind
  • Natural stone rather than man-made
  • Uniform in design and color
  • Man-made, but mimics natural stone

Durability

  • Can get stained or discolored more easily
  • Overall, durable and dependable
  • Direct sunlight or UV rays can cause irreparable discoloring
  • Overall, durable and dependable

Maintenance

  • Sitting water can cause discoloration or stains
  • Overall, more maintenance is required
  • Hot pots or pans sitting on it can scorch the stone
  • Overall, less maintenance is required

Price

  • More expensive per square foot
  • $50-150 per square foot
  • Less expensive per square foot
  • $40-100 per square foot

 

 

 

In terms of durability, both are great options. Quartz is man-made, but is increasing in popularity because of the material’s durability. Marble is from many different countries around the world, and is also a durable but natural material as well. With quartz, however, any direct sunlight or high UV rays can cause irreparable discoloring, according to Polycor. Although both can gain chips on their edges and other minor damages, neither are fragile or impractical for everyday use. For durability, both quartz and marble are great options.

Marble requires more maintenance since it is natural stone. Sitting water on a marble countertop can cause discoloration and stains. For individuals with a busy lifestyle, quartz would be much easier to manage. But with quartz, make sure not to place any hot pots or pans on the counter — doing so could scorch the material. In terms of overall maintenance, however, quartz is generally a better fit. 

Rendering courtesy of RIVA Residences (Quartz)

Rendering courtesy of Akoya Boca West (Quartz)

Rendering courtesy of RIVA Residences (Quartz)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, marble is usually more expensive than quartz. MSI Surfaces explains that while each square foot of marble is only slightly more expensive than quartz, that price tag can quickly add up when designing a whole room. Despite the overall added price, however, marble can add to a home’s value, so it might be worth it in the long run for some homeowners and designers.

While quartz is more practical in terms of durability and maintenance, nothing is like the one-of-a-kind material found with marble. In the end, knowing both materials’ advantages and setbacks can help determine which one works best.

Rendering courtesy of RIVA Residences (Quartz)                                   Rendering courtesy of Akoya Boca West (Quartz)

Newport Brass’ Victoria lavatory faucet and Chesterfield tub filler are definitely worth their weight in gold. Newport Brass designed these collections to work in concert with one another — giving homeowners and designers ample choices for their design schemes.
Each of the collections are available in a stunning gold finish and despite their unique design, pair perfectly within the bath. Designers and homeowners can easily mix and match the fittings within these two stunning collections since both are made of solid brass construction and are available in 27 finishes.

With a classic take on traditional design, the Chesterfield tub filler comes with an integrated diverter and hand shower. With a similar aesthetic, the wall mounted Victoria faucet, like all other lavatory faucets by the brand, is WaterSense® labeled and even exceeds the requirements at 1.2 gpm.
Available with either cross handles or ADA-compliant lever handles, Victoria’s spout curves gently adding a distinctive aesthetic to the bathroom space.

Photos credit of Newport Brass

The new Leawood tap and shower collection is designed by Martin Brudnizki for Drummonds as part of an ongoing collaboration producing inspirational bathroomware and accessories. The name behind many famous interiors, Martin Brudnizki and his And Objects studio are famously focused on the ergonomics of how products are used, designing pieces that are as practical as they are beautiful.

This attention to detail shines through every aspect of the Leawood collection. The hallmark flattened end on the lever controls was derived from careful observation of how tools were developed to comfortably fit the human hand. The forms were specifically designed to make the most of the centuries-old lost-wax process that Drummonds has always used to manufacture its brassware. Drummonds’ craftsmen worked closely with Martin Brudnizki’s team to finesse every element, from initial sketches to the finished products, with their strong, simple aesthetic. This modern brassware is, literally, a work of art.

Available in polished brass, polished chrome and polished nickel, the Leawood tap and shower collection pulls off the feat of being as much at home in a stark, minimal bathroom as in a traditional setting. This echoes the classic contemporary philosophy that runs through all of Drummonds’ products. The collection is comprised of a floor standing bath and shower mixer, shower controls, wall mounted and deck mounted basin taps.

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