New countertops have the ability to make any kitchen remodel project stand out, no matter if it is a full upgrade or a partial makeover. Your countertops are the natural focal point for any kitchen as well as one of the most used spaces in a kitchen. So, when it comes to choosing the style, design, and material for your new countertops, it can be a difficult task. 

When it comes to countertop materials, the most popular are natural stone products such as marble and engineered stone products such as quartz. Each product has its own benefits, but one benefit quartz has is that it can be made to resemble natural stone products such as marble.

So, how do you tell the difference between marble and quartz? 

1. How They Are Produced

Marble is a 100% natural stone product that has undergone several processes, such as quarrying, slicing, water blasting, buffing, and polishing to produce the shinning slabs used to make countertops. Quartz on the other hand is a manufactured product made from a mixture of natural quartz, resins, polymers, and pigments. Quartz comprises 93-97 percent quartz and 7-3 percent synthetic materials. 

2. Appearance

Marble has natural elegance and beauty. Its natural colour and veining will differ from one slab to another. When marble is pure and free of imperfections or other natural stone, it is a stark white colour. Being a manmade product, quartz can be manufactured into any pattern or colour combination that comes to mind. Quartz often has consistent colour, pattern, and texture. For this reason, at times it may be easy to spot quartz countertops that have been made to mimic marble as the pattern and veining is consistent, where you would be hard-pressed to find this uniformity in natural marble countertops. 

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3. Durability

As a natural stone product, marble is porous and requires additional maintenance to ensure it remains in pristine condition. It can be damaged or stained by acidic substances, especially if it hasn’t been sealed on a regular basis. On the contrary, quartz is non-porous and resistant to stain, it does not require regular sealing, even with everyday use. Quartz countertops are also more durable, and wont damage as easily as a soft stone such as marble.

4. Heat Resistance

When it comes to putting a hot pan on your counters, quartz is more resistant to heat than marble. The resin composition and quartz’s hardness make it stronger and able to better withstand the heat better. On the other hand, marble has been known to crack under high temperatures, so be weary of placing extremely hot pots and pans directly onto your marble countertops.

If you are looking at a countertop and are not sure if it is marble or quartz, take a look for signs of wear on the surface such as scratches. If you find scratches and other wear marks, you are looking at natural marble. If you don’t see any marks, you can always perform a scratch test. Take a knife and gently rub it across a discreet area of the countertop or even its underside. If it doesn’t leave a mark, you know it’s quartz.

At KBC Solutions we are experienced with kitchen remodels of all types and sizes. Our designers will work with you to help plan out and design the kitchen of your dreams and our professional installers will bring it to life. Call us today at 647-258-4170 to book your consultation.