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Granite vs. Quartz vs. Marble Countertops

You are ready to remodel your kitchen or bathroom but there are so many choices right? Pinterest & Houzz are peppered with pictures of gorgeous kitchens with granite countertops but the quartz countertops are just as beautiful. And then there is Marble to consider as well.

So how do you choose? What’s the best countertop material out there today? Worry no more, we are here to help.

First things first, there is no wrong answer here. All of these choices are beautiful and will last you many years to come. It really comes down to personal preference. Here is a breakdown of the difference between each stone that will help you narrow down your choices.

Which Natural Stone is right for you?

Granite Countertops

Granite Countertops add style and class to any kitchen, bathroom or bar area. Their strength and durability offer years of timeless enjoyment. Stop into Titan Granite’s 10,000 sf. showroom to browse our selection today.

Marble Countertops

Marble countertops are a classic choice and are sure to deliver elegance to your home. Titan Granite stocks a wide variety of full Marble slabs, shop Titan Granite for all your Marble projects.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops bring sophistication to your kitchen, bathroom or bar top area. Titan Granite stocks full Quartz slabs in house, stop by our showroom today to find the perfect stone for your next project.

Durability & Longevity

Granite

Granite is a very hard stone and can withstand high usage and high heats without damaging the stone. This does not mean it is completely indestructible though. Countertops can chip over time which is why Titan Granite offers a lifetime warranty on all Granite Countertops. If you ever find a chip, we will repair it for you free of charge.

Marble

Marble is the softest of the three stones and therefore is not often used in Kitchens. Marble is more prone to scratches and staining since it is softer but is still used in kitchens, bathrooms and furniture pieces.

Quartz

Quartz is also very hard but it cannot withstand as high of temperatures as Granite. It is not recommended to ever set a hot pot or pan directly onto your Quartz surfaces. Doing so could burn or discolor your countertop which is irreparable.

Stone Origin

Granite

Granite used for countertops is mined in granite quarries across the world. It is a 100% natural stone that comes from the earth. It is cut into slabs which are then cut and polished to produce granite countertops.

Marble

Marble, similar to Granite is a 100% natural stone mined from the earth. It is also imported from marble quarries around the world, cut into slabs then cut and polished to create countertops.

Quartz

Quartz is a man-made product. It is made by combining various types of natural quartz with resin and coloring, the typical breakdown is approximately 93% quartz and 7% resin. While still considered a “Natural Stone” it is not made of 100% natural products.

Color Variety & Movement

Granite

The color options for granite countertops are endless. No two granite slabs are exactly alike. Some color options are more patterned and consistent while others will have lots of movement, veins and colors throughout.

Marble

Marble is a classic and timeless stone. It is often seen in bright white color that you don’t necessarily find in granite. It does however come in colors other than white. Marble’s distinct feature is the large, unpredictable veining throughout the stone.

Porosity & Sealing

Granite

Granite is a porous stone and does require sealing. Without proper sealing, staining and discoloration can occur.

Marble

Marble is also a porous stone and does require sealing. It is also often seen in light colors which makes Marble the most susceptible to staining. Stone sealants have come a long way however, and they will protect your countertops when used properly.

Quartz

Quartz is the only stone, out of the three, that does not require sealing. It is not porous therefore it is more resistant to staining making quartz a popular, maintenance-free countertop choice.

Titan Granite is a certified applicator of DryTreat sealing products. We have found that DryTreat stands behind their product and is the best in protecting your stone countertops. We offer three sealant options:

  1. Lifetime sealer – Applied prior to installation, never seal your countertops again!
  2. 15 Year Sealer – Applied after installation, guaranteed to last for 15 years.
  3. 1 year Sealer – Applied after installation, needs to be reapplied each year.

Cost

Granite

Granite countertops have become much more affordable over the past few years. At Titan Granite you can purchase granite countertops starting at $29.99/square foot installed.

Marble

Pricing on marble countertops is comparable to quartz and higher category granite slabs. As with any natural stone, price is determined by the characteristics of the stone. The more unique or rare the stone, the higher the price.

Quartz

As quartz countertops rise in popularity, they become more and more affordable with prices comparable to that of granite countertops. Typically though, you can expect quartz countertops to be slightly more expensive than granite.

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Why Shop Titan Granite?

  • Price

    Our pricing will compete with any local Granite shop. Shop us first or bring in your bid and we will do what we can to save you money.

  • Convenience

    One stop is all you need with Titan Granite. Stop by and view our finished kitchen and bathroom displays, then walk through our 10,000 square foot warehouse and hand select the stone slab for your project.

  • Service

    We want your business and you will see that in our customer service. With over 15 years combined industry experience, we can equip you with the knowledge you need to make your countertop purchase.