Granite, Marble & Quartz/Quartzite - Pros & Cons of Each

Just like your cabinetry, your countertops are both a longer-term investment in your home as well as a statement-maker. Whether for a remodel or a new build, when choosing the right countertops you must weigh all your options along with their pros and cons. For the last several years, we’ve seen our clients consistently choose either granite, marble, quartz or quartzite.


All are very durable materials with a few key differences:


GRANITE


A natural igneous stone, an easy go-to for many projects.


Pros:

  • Comes in a variety of colors and hues

  • Mostly heat and stain resistant (No stone is completely heat resistant and we always recommend heat pads)

Cons:

  • Porous and must be sealed - about 1x per year


Fun Fact: Mt. Rushmore is carved from granite.


Granite: Eurocraft Granite & Marble


MARBLE


A natural sedimentary stone, a timeless classic.


Pros:

  • Comes in a variety of colors and hues

  • Elegant veining that is larger and typically more consistent than granite

  • Mostly heat resistant (No stone is completely heat resistant and we always recommend heat pads)

Cons:

  • Porous and must be sealed - about 3x per year

  • Although very durable, because of its porous nature, it can be affected by stains and spills especially acidic liquids. Also, harsh cleaners are a no-no.

Fun Fact: The Taj Mahal is constructed of marble.


Marble: Eurocraft Granite & Marble


QUARTZ / QUARTZITE


Although similar in name, these two countertops are quite different. Quartz is an engineered stone made from approximately 90% ground quartz & 10% polyresin while Quartzite is a natural stone that starts as sandstone and after a process of heat and pressure is fused with quartz crystals.


Quartz

Pros:

  • Comes in a variety of colors and designs

  • Non-porous - no need to seal & does not harbor bacteria or viruses

  • Stain & scratch resistant

  • Unlike natural stone, all samples are true representations of what you will order and will be consistent throughout your project.

  • Low maintenance

Cons:

  • Direct sunlight can cause it to fade. It is definitely not recommended for outdoors.

  • The least heat resistant of all. (No stone is completely heat resistant and we always recommend heat pads.)

Quartzite

Pros:

  • Has delicate veining much like marble and coloration and patterning like granite

Cons:

  • Comes only in a limited amount of colors/hues

  • Susceptible to staining in heavy use areas

  • Very porous and requires sealing


Quartz: Eurocraft Granite & Marble; Right: Quartz, Left: Quartzite


COST


Cost, of course, is always a factor of any element you decide to use in your remodel or new home. However, regarding countertops, it’s hard to pin down an exact cost range. Your cost will depend on a variety of factors including your contractor, quality of the stone, quantity your purchasing, colors, thickness, etc. whether you choose granite, marble, quartz or quartzite.


Here’s a rough estimate of current costs:

  • Granite: $35-75 per sqft

  • Marble: $40-100 per sqft

  • Quartz: $50-120 per sqft

  • Quartzite: $80-100 per sqft


FINAL THOUGHTS


Ultimately, as with all elements of your project, you’ll need to weigh what fits best with the character of your home, your budget and the end goal of your project. We’ve seen it all and with these four materials, it’s hard to go wrong!