Marble, granite, or quartz – oh my!

Stone can be a good solution, whether for your kitchen countertops, living room coffee table, or dining room table. Designers and manufacturers frequently use three types of stone for furniture: quartz, marble, and granite. Each stone has pros and cons, and that is why it is critical to determine how you plan to use each piece of furniture. Otherwise, you could end up losing money if you end up replacing it due to damage or misuse.

Quartz itself is made from silicon atoms and oxygen. Manufacturers take this igneous rock, crush it, and then mix it with resin, creating a solid surface. Archeologists found quartz objects dating back 2000 years – not countertops, but jewelry!

Granite is formed from magma deep within the earth. When it solidifies, it crystallizes, and anything that is physically around it is incorporated into the crystal. Therefore, there are many different colors and patterns in granite instead of one.

Marble is limestone that has been transformed with extreme heat and pressure over time. It also has variations in pattern and color and is often called the butterfly of rocks.

Even though quartz, granite and marble are rocks, they have different properties. Durability is one of the essential qualities to consider, especially if you consider a stone-top dining table or countertops. If not durable, the likelihood of scratches is high. Marble scratches the easiest, so it is best for side tables or infrequently used spaces. If you decide on marble, you may want to cover it with a glass top. Quartz can be scratched or chipped but is far more durable than marble. Granite does not scratch easily. For protection, reseal granite annually, especially if you use it regularly.

When it comes to water resistance, quartz wins out. Manufacturers use resin to make quartz which means that you do not need to reseal. Reseal granite regularly. If not, water will absorb into its pores and ruin the surface. If properly sealed and maintained, granite is a good solution. Marble is the most delicate, and it will absorb any liquid because it is porous. Water-resistant coverings can seal and protect marble, but of the three stones, this is most prone to damage from spills.

If you are using stone in the kitchen as a countertop, it is essential to know its degree of heat resistance. If you have a quartz counter, you should avoid placing hot pots and pans directly on it. If you set anything higher than 180 degrees Fahrenheit onto quartz, it could cause damage and crack. Marble is more heat resistant, and it is prone to crack if it reaches 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Granite is the winner in heat resistance since it generally would take something over 500 degrees Fahrenheit before getting damaged.

If you are looking to compliment your décor style and color palette, opt for quartz if you want a white or white background. Colored quartz is available but primarily comes in greys and creams. Marble comes in many natural colors: red, brown, white, cream, green, and even pink. Granite gives you the widest variety of natural colors, so it offers the most flexibility to match your needs.

The easiest way to tell the difference between the three stones is by their pattern. Marble has large, layered designs, while quartz looks like it has embedded stones, and granite has a dense pattern that looks speckled.

Cleaning stone is relatively easy. Cleaners are available at most department stores, or you can use a household cleaner such as vinegar.

From a cost perspective, granite is more budget-friendly than quartz. Marble prices depend on the complexity of the stone, so its price can run from a little more than granite to luxury pricing.

Whether you choose marble, quartz or granite, stone is an excellent addition for countertops and furniture for your condo in Puerto Vallarta.

Purchase furniture right the first time for your home in Vallarta. We specialize in helping you find the manufacturers and suppliers that use the correct materials with the proper processes. Visit us at our Puerto Vallarta store: 363A Constitucion just off of Basilio Badillo. We are open Mon through Fri 10 to 4 and Saturdays 10 to 2. If you are not currently in Mexico, email us at furniture@solutionsmexico.com or Whatsapp us at +52 322 136 5156.

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