|Comparison of the Surface Materials||Granite (Sealed)||Quartz||Marble (Sealed)|
|Scratch Resistant||Outstanding||Above Average||Average|
|Stain Resistant||Outstanding||Above Average||Poor|
|Chip Resistant||Outstanding||Above Average||Average|
|Heat Resistant||Above Average||Average||Average|
|Household Chemical Resistant||Above Average||Above Average||Above Average|
|Easy to Maintain||Outstanding||Above Average||Average|
(will not absorb moisture)
|Above Average||Above Average||Below Average|
|Requires Periodic Sealing||Yes||No||Yes|
|Renewable Surface||Below Average||Above Average||Below Average|
The countertop is an essential component of your kitchen and bathroom, but can also be a design feature for your tub surrounds, laundry room, wet bar, mud room, fireplace surrounds, and even of your office desk. Design elements and functionality will come into play when selecting your countertop material. Granite, quartz, and marble are the most common options and each have their own strengths and weaknesses. In addition to the beauty of the material, its durability, ease of maintenance, and cost are main points to consider when making the best decision for your space and budget.
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