Every homeowner has a vision of how they want the inside of their house to look. Beyond changing the color of the paint on the walls, there are more significant home improvements you can take on, such as upgrading your kitchen or bathroom countertops to more appropriately match your style and needs. These spaces are meant to be used, yet still be clean and visually appealing, which is why countertop installers recommend installing either marble or quartz. Don’t worry if you don’t know the differences between the two materials. Read on to learn more, then visit Petrus Countertops and Remodeling to see your options up close!
Having the right information will help you make the best decision. Here are some important points to consider when choosing between quartz and marble countertops for your Phoenix, AZ home.
If you want to add a bit of luxury to your home, marble countertops may be for you. Natural marble is in every countertop showroom across the country. It’s been quarried, sliced, water blasted, buffed and polished into the beautiful and unique slabs you get to take home. Another clean and polished-looking material is quartz. However, quartz countertops are manmade, composed of resins, polymers and pigments with some synthetic materials. The appearance of both marble and quartz may change over time.
Marble countertops are typically more expensive than quartz, depending on slab quality and size. But because quartz is more complex to install, the labor cost for quartz installation is higher. The average cost for marble is between $60 and $100 per square foot, while quartz runs $55 to $75 per square foot. Total cost of materials and installation will depend on a few things, including the quality of the materials you choose and the company you hire to install your countertops.
Installing marble or quartz countertops is a complicated process. Unless you are skilled in the art of countertop installation, you need to hire a licensed professional for the job. A pro will know exactly how to measure, level and secure the large slabs on bathroom and kitchen counters. And it takes an experienced eye to fit marble or quartz slabs to the shape of existing cabinets and other kitchen or bathroom features. Also, two marble slabs may need their seams to match each other (assuming one slab doesn’t cover the whole area). You’ll need to hire a pro, as attaching two different slabs incorrectly can make seams very obvious.
Both marble and quartz are durable, but regular everyday use can take a toll on marble. Marble is also porous, so it’s liable to soak up liquid spills like wine, coffee and juice. If the spill is not cleaned up quickly, these substances and others can leave ugly, permanent stains. Quartz is non-porous and stain resistant. All you need to clean quartz surfaces is a mixture of warm water and soap.
If you’re interested in installing marble or quartz countertops in your Phoenix, AZ kitchen or bathrooms, contact the team at Petrus Countertops and Remodeling. Let us help you create the home of your dreams!
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