Throughout the years, home design has evolved to keep pace with advances in product technology. Materials coveted for generations have been exposed as “inferior” due to performance issues. High-performing materials, once snubbed by designers for their utilitarian appearance, are now all the rage.
But do you really have to choose between durability and beauty? Let’s examine several types of materials used in today’s home construction.
The Latest in Counter Intelligence: Marble Countertops vs. Quartz Countertops
For many years, marble had been considered the “gold standard” in countertops — despite being a poor lifestyle choice for a countertop material, not just for a houseful of rambunctious children or adventurous, budding home chefs. Did you know the simple act of gently placing down a glass of water or carefully sliding a plate across it can (and eventually WILL) leave stains, etch marks, and chips on your otherwise pristine countertop? While no one can deny the impression a beautifully veined marble countertop leaves, there are definitely more practical, affordable, and just as attractive options available.
Did someone say “Quartz?” For years, this was one of those materials that designers scoffed at during the selection process — but it’s come a very long way. This man-made product is highly engineered and designed for performance. Quartz is more resistant to heat, does not require sealing, and resists chipping and scratching much better than marble — in fact, it almost dares you to treat it poorly.
Spilled red wine? No problem! Spaghetti Wednesday? No worries! Baking with the grandkids? Bring it! Quartz actually welcomes your abuse and makes a lovely and (more) affordable addition to your home. It’s available in myriad options and is sold under a number of brand names: Cambria, Silestone, Viatera, Caesarstone, etc. Discover how many ways you can personalize your kitchen with Quartz today.