You’re getting new countertops but are having trouble choosing between quartz, granite, and marble. Here are the similarities and differences between these popular countertop types, as taught by The Homebuyer’s School.
Marble will stain unless it is sealed because it is a more porous type of rock than granite or marble. Granite does not stain. Quartz countertops are less prone to staining than unsealed marble but do need to have spills cleaned up right away.
If red wine, cooking oils, tomato sauce, coffee, or tea are left to sit, the quartz countertops will stain. Granite should be sealed in order to reduce chances of stains. Quartz can be made to look like marble for those who want the look of white marble but do not want to deal with stains.
Granite does not warp or get damaged if hot items rest on it. Hot objects are also fine on dark-colored marble countertops but may stain light-colored countertops. Never set hot objects on quartz countertops. Doing so will cause cracking, staining, or other damage.
Quartz countertops are non-porous, so any bacteria or mold does not seep through and grow. Granite and marble are also hygienic, provided they are sealed and then re-sealed every few years. All countertops should be cleaned daily and after use to keep homes safe.