Quartz vs Granite vs Marble: How to choose the right countertop

In this video we discuss one of the most asked questions when designing the

interior of your home. Which should you choose?

Marble versus quartz, versus granite countertops. We also discuss marble

versus honed and finally how do you clean these countertops that's all

coming right up.

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joined by Deborah Armstrong, senior interior designer with Brookfield

Residential and today the question we're gonna answer, and this is a very

popular question, which countertop is best for me, marble quartz or granite?

So Deborah, can you take us through maybe what the

properties of each are and then which--how would you go about choosing the best?

Okay so for example, granite grants a natural stone, it's a very durable stone,

it doesn't stain like marble wood although it will stain it doesn't need

to be sealed. Marble again is a natural stone but it's

a very porous stone, just somewhat like maybe a limestone would be. A travertine

would be as well, they're very porous and wouldn't need a lot of sealing and even

with that they can stain with oils, red wine with a pasta sauce if they're left

you know, on there for any length of time.

So if you had like a marble, let's say table and you spilled a little

tomato sauce on it, you'll have a sheen of red on top of that?

That's right if it's not kept up with sealing and this sort of you know, a

job that you have to be very very diligent when you don't have a marble

surface, it will stain-- wine, oils anything like that.

Okay so let's go back to granite, what other properties of granite would there be?

Granite is great because again it's less

porous, it does need to be sealed, you want to make sure that you're using a

good granite cleaner and sealer on that. It's heat resistant so you can take a pot

right off the stove and put it right on and put it right on that that granite

and without anything happening.

What happens if you do that to a marble?

Marble is fine, again with the lighter colour so you just want to be careful again

that you don't want to scorch it.

Okay and let's say you do that for granite, would you scorch the--?

Well usually not because Granite's got a lot happening with it, they're darker colours

so you're not gonna--

Okay and how about--

--leave any mark, you're not gonna see that.

Okay and how about quartz?

Quartz-- the nice thing about quartz is it is

antibacterial, it's not porous at all so people love that. You can you know,

any chicken or any you know, different products that you're using on there it's

not going to penetrate down in because it's not porous, however do not put a hot pot

on it. It is made out of natural you know, quartz are stones but it's made with a

polymer-- it's adhered together with a polymer and that product itself can scorch

so you always want to put a hot mat down.

Now let's talk about-- because you mentioned sealing a lot,

what does that mean?

So sealing is when you put a sealer--

it's a chemical product that goes on top of the granite, it soaks down in and

makes the stone less penetrable.

Okay and how often do you need to seal your countertop?

I would say it's a good idea to do a really good sealing every

few years from the stone company itself. They have very--very durable

products, on a daily basis now you can buy products that are out there that you

can spray on, they act as a cleaner and a daily sealer.

Now let's go back to marble- quartz- granite, which one would--how would I go

about choosing what's right for me?

Okay well for example I have some samples

right here. So granite you can see has a lot more movement, they're usually a lot

busier, a little more traditional so you're designing your home and you

want to be a little more traditional but you would probably stick with you know,

the granites. The colours of the granites and just the movement a little

more and traditional. However most people nowadays are wanting

a lot plainer looking products-- really white and like I said in our

conversation earlier, marble is not a good product to put in your home and in

fact I don't even have a sample here because I don't recommend, it's just

due to the staining. However, quartz now can imitate marble and look

great and that's when I would choose this if I want that more modern

contemporary look. I want to have marble but I know that I can't because

it's just not going to perform on my home.

Okay and that-- so this is quartz--

This is a man-made quartz.

And it looks like marble?

It looks just like marble, yep. This looks like a Calcutta marble.

Perfect. Is there a price difference between the-- between all three?

There's all different levels and it all depends. In Granite it depends on its

availability, where it's being come from and with quartz it depends how much

work is involved in getting that pattern because it's man-made.

Okay, so another question that we were actually looking at is the difference

between polished and honed, what does that mean?

Okay so again here I have the polish, you can see it's very-- very shiny, this

is going to be a little bit more stain resistant than honed. Just the

polishing in itself creates a little barrier. Still needs to be sealed.

Okay, so you would have to seal it and then polish it?

Nope it's polished right in the factory, comes to your

house with that nice shiny surface and then the sealer goes on top. Unlike this--

this is the exact same piece, exact same stone-- you can see.

But I can see that one--

The polish the colour shows up a little bit more, whereas the honed

a little duller. So what this is is it's not polished, it like a little

rougher, okay. Some people call it honed- leather- suede, however because it

doesn't have that shiny on it, it is a little more porous. So you'd need to pay a

little more attention to sealing this.

And obviously it costs a little bit more to polish?


No it doesn't?

It's the reverse. It's a little more to hone it.

So why would you actually choose honed versus polished?

Again it's a look,

don't want to have the shiny, they want that nice matte look, and again that's all

about looks, no other reason--

--than that. Okay and can you do that with quartz as well?

Yeah there are some quartz, the one here I showed you has a matte finish

so we call it matte when it's quartz so there's no real shininess, you

can get this exact same one Calcutta in a polished version-- I don't have that

one here but I can show you a polished version. Here we have a nice polished

version so again you can feel the difference, it's very slippery.

Yeah, you can.

So we talked about polish, besides your personal preference is there any other

reason why you'd get honed versus polish?

Nope, absolutely it's personal. Or if you don't want to spend that little extra time

putting a little more sealer on it on a regular basis.

Okay, now speaking of that, how do we go about cleaning this cleaning any of these

countertops? Do you clean it before a sealing--a sealant comes on?

You should make sure that any of the-- well you don't have to seal-- the nice thing

is you don't have to seal a man made quartz at all so-- but with marbles and or

natural granite or natural quartzites,

you want to make sure it's really good and clean and then apply your

sealer, okay? And the sealers-- there's a product out there it's called gel gloss,

just like waxing your car. You're gonna put it on, its gonna leave that nice film

on there, you're gonna wait a little bit and then you're gonna buff it.

And that's it, that's how you seal it?

And a lot of times how you can figure

out is when that tea towel is not sliding across that counter.

You're gonna put some of that sealer on and you're gonna get that nice--

it's gonna bring back the color and it's gonna have that extra protection.

So how do we go about cleaning any of these, like how did--

Just soap and water.

Just soap and water?

Soap and water, make sure the crumbs are off of there and

make sure there's no grease, you just want and make sure it's dry-- good and dry

before you put that sealer on because you don't want to seal any moisture into

that stone.

Now let's say you do have marble and let's say you know,

you did stain it, is there any way to get rid of that stain?

Yep you can go to a

granite or marble outlet and they will have products for you to help clean that

and bring that out, you're going to clean it really well, it might take some time, a

little baking soda water on a piece of paper towel, rub it in and

then let it sit to absorb that stain out for a little bit, once it comes out it

might take a little while then you're going to make sure that it's good and

dry and then apply your sealer. If it's starting to stain that means you

need the sealer, you haven't been on top of it.

So let's just recap

this, so you definitely need to seal marble, you definitely need to seal

granite, you don't-- you need to seal-- what is it, man-made quartz?

You do not need to seal it.

What type of quartz do you need to seal?

A natural quartzite. A natural quartzite is a real stone so it is--

can be stronger than granite some of them, some of them out there have

properties of marble so it is stronger, you're gonna hit it with a hammer,

nothing's gonna happen to it, but it can still stain.

So those three need to be sealed for sure.

And when you talk about-- it's interesting

that you talk about hitting it, what's the durability of all three?

They're all very-- very durable like if you hit anything with a cast iron pan, especially

if it's on you know, an overhanging edge there's a chance that it

might chip. Quartzite well chip more, it just has more fissures going through it

and little pieces of the quartz tends to chip easier.

Okay and how-- what's the lifespan of or average--


For all three?

Forever-- until you get sick of it.

Or you stain it. or exactly if you chip from

Or you stain it, or you chip it or--

Exactly. If you chip them,

most of these products again, just go to your granite supplier and they can send

someone out and help you polish it out and make it less noticeable.

So is this something--

let's say you do chip it, is this something that where you can polish

it out yourself or if there's such a big chip that you can like--

You need a professional to come in with professional machines to get

that out it's such-- they're such hard services.

Perfect, do you have anything else to add?

No, just make sure if you're gonna have any of the natural

products, seal seal seal.

Perfect. Well the question I have

for you today is, do you have a marble, quartz, or granite countertop?-- and what

are your experiences with either three? Let us know in the comments section

below. Thank you very much for joining us and we'll catch you next time.

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