Marble vs. Quartz? Pros and cons of each (is one better than the other?)

By Luster Custom Homes Posted Friday, August 5th, 2016

There is no question that adding the right countertop to your kitchen and bathrooms can elevate your home’s décor. Whether you are set to renovate or you are building a new home, a very important decision you will have to make is which countertop material to choose. And you have many options. The key is to choose the one that suits your design style and lifestyle needs best.

Two of the most popular, high-end, quality materials our clients are selecting right now are marble and quartz countertops. There’s no question marble and quartz tend to be homeowners’ preference these days, and to help you learn a bit more about each, we’ve highlighted a few pros and cons below.


The elegant and sophisticated look of marble is hard to match. Whether you add natural or polished marble to your home, your décor will certainly be enhanced by the sheer beauty and timeless look that marble offers.


  1. Our clients like the uniqueness that marble offers as no two pieces are alike. Unique veining characteristics can be found in each slab of marble, which presents interesting characteristics referred to as marbling.
  2. Marble comes in a wide variety of colors and grades, making pattern options virtually limitless. From solid white to solid black and everything in between, marble will give your home its own one-of-a-kind look.
  3. You can set hot pots and pans directly on marble, as it handles heat very well.


The three main concerns for marble come when it is placed in the kitchen.

  1. Marble is porous, which means it absorbs liquids and can stain if left unattended for long periods of time. We always recommend to clients to have a top-quality commercial sealant regularly applied on marble countertops to help prevent absorption and stains. Just know if you decide to go with marble, you will need to reseal your countertops every two or three years.
  2. When used in the kitchen, the surface of marble is more delicate than a man-made material. It can be easily scratched and chipped. If you are the type of person that likes things exactly the same and you plan on using marble countertops will be heavily used you may be better off choosing another option such as quartz.
  3. Marble ages over time so the color can change so if you are looking for a uniform, consistent look it might not be the option for you. However, many clients enjoy that one-of-a-kind look because of the character it adds.


While it’s considered a relatively new material, quartz is a very popular option for many homeowners when they renovate or build a new kitchen, especially those that are looking for a more modern, contemporary feel. As a manufactured stone, quartz has several key benefits:


  1. Quartz not only meets the color varieties offered marble, it’s selection is quite expansive in the color and options available.
  2. The overall appearance and depth of color of quartz adds an updated, luxurious addition to your home.
  3. Quartz holds up against liquids and stains because it is non-porous, which means it will work well in kitchens.
  4. Compared to the harder, natural stones, quartz holds up against chipping and cracking, another great reason to add it to the kitchen and bath.


There are a couple of cons to quartz that should be considered:

  1. Because it’s a manufactured material, the seaming can sometimes be seen in the finished product.
  2. Unlike marble, quartz can be more sensitive to heat so caution will have to be taken for hot pots, pans, etc.
  3. Quartz generally has a more modern look and feel to it and may not fit all homes’ décor.

Bottom line, your home’s new countertops should be based on your décor, amount of use and personal preference. Contact Luster Custom Homes and Remodeling today, if you’d like to learn more about renovating your kitchen, or new build countertop options. We will answer your questions and guide you through your countertop selection.