Marble and Quart stone are both gorgeous, luxurious countertops materials, and if you’re trying to choose between them, the choice can be extremely difficult. Which is better? It’s hard to say. Here’s our take on quartz vs. marble… it depends on your application, your aesthetic, price point, availability, and the performance characteristics that matter to you.
In general, Quart stone is more durable: it better resists scratches and bacteria and requires less care and maintenance. However, marble does outperform quartz in heat resistance. As an engineered stone created with resin, quartz is not very heat-resistant. Marble is not a conductor and therefore provides a cool work surface.
Where your countertop will be located can also affect your decision. Quartz, since it is non-porous and does not harbor bacteria, can be a great option for the wet kitchen or bath. Bakers swear by marble as an incomparable work surface since it does not conduct heat, which makes it great for working with dough. It is prone to etching if exposed to acidic substances, and more prone to breakage or damage than quartz, so the amount of use (or abuse) your countertops will face in their prospective location can also factor in.
In terms of color, movement, and style, quartz and marble fare very similarly. As a natural stone, though, marble has more unique veining features. For those who favor traditional or classic looks, marble is preferred, though there are quartz styles that are comparable in appearance to some traditional marbles, such as Carrara marble. For a more contemporary, modern look, quartz is also better suited.
Generally speaking, quartz is more widely available than marble and is more likely to be available in the color and style that you want. This is because, unlike marble, which is a natural stone and therefore must be extracted from quarries and exists on the Earth in limited quantities, quartz is a manufactured stone. It is made from mineral quartz, which is one of the most abundant minerals on Earth, and the manufacturing process can ensure consistency of color and style.
Marble, and quartz can all hold up to the daily wear and tear that kitchen countertops must face. To put it in perspective, you will need just one natural stone countertop for 50 – 100 years or more, whereas Quartz stone counters require replacement every 10-20 years if you are lucky. Natural stone does cost more to install upfront, but in the long run, you will be saving a large amount of money that can be used elsewhere in your home.
Due in part to its availability, quartz generally runs at a lower price point than marble, which can be an important consideration if your budget is limited. In Malaysia quartz stone averages RM150 per foot run, marble average RM 200- RM 250 per foot run.