3 types of stone for bathrooms and kitchens

Ah, the bathroom or kitchen remodel. Is there any more involved or intensive remodeling job you can do? After all, in many ways, these rooms are the yardsticks by which a home is measured. 

One of the most important choices you can make is which stone to use. The days of linoleum are long gone. The three most popular options out there are marble, granite and quartz. To help you decide which is best for your home, let’s look at the pros and cons of each.

Marble

The ancient Greeks and Romans made marble the king of stone, and for several millennia, marble has been the choice for emperors, billionaires, architects and just about everyone else. If it was the material of choice for Michelangelo, there’s got to be something to it, right?

When it comes to looks, it’s hard to do better than marble. But marble is expensive and difficult to maintain. It’s a very porous rock, which means it absorbs liquids and grime easily. Water spots and wine stains can permanently mar how marble looks. Even industrial-strength sealants can’t offer 100 percent protection. Bottom line: Marble is not for the careless!

Granite

It’s useful to think of granite as the second fiddle to marble. It has many of the same properties, advantages and drawbacks, only to a lesser degree.

For example, granite is beautiful, and comes in a variety of patterns and looks, but it’s not quite as esteemed as marble. It’s expensive, but again, not as expensive as marble. It’s porous and requires some upkeep, but not to the extent that marble does.

Quartz

There’s good reason to gush over quartz. While quartz countertops are a manufactured composite rather than a natural stone, quartz is incredibly durable and nonporous, meaning it won’t stain and requires virtually zero maintenance.

Manufactured quartz comes in a huge array of styles, so whether you want a solid color or erratic veins that mimic marble, you can find a variety to fit your tastes. And, since the decision usually comes down to money, quartz is far less expensive than either granite or marble.

For more advice on remodeling ideas that will pay off down the road, talk to a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor®. They know the market and can help you get top dollar for your home.

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