Stone Countertops: Quartz vs Natural

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Stone countertops are a must in in our modern coastal aesthetic. They are not only functional and beautiful but can be a pivotal element to your design preferences. We love to use clean pieces of stone that give the overall feeling of a light and airy kitchen.

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Quartz Countertops Designed by Pearce Design Group, Photo by Amie Retz

How are Stone Countertops different?

Stone countertops come in both manmade and natural varieties. Manmade are meticulously formed in a lab, and natural varieties are mined. Because of this, our manmade selection is usually Quartz. Quartz which is ground up particles of quartzite mixed with resin. Our main natural choices are marble or soapstone.

Soapstone sink and countertop. Image Source: Traditional Home

Which Stone Countertops do we recommend?

For looks alone we would always choose a natural stone but for durability, quartz is the way to go. We always asses our client’s needs and make our decision around that. Are there young children or grandchildren in the house ? Do they host a lot of parties? Will they cook a lot? Is there a way to mix in some natural and some manmade?

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Marble Island with Quartz perimeter Design by Pearce Design Group, Photo by Amie Retz

Pros and Cons of Natural Stone

  • Visually interesting
  • Natural variation makes each slab special
  • Unique markings you won’t find elsewhere
  • Sealable
  • Softer stone can chip
  • Can stain if not properly cleaned
  • More temperamental than Quartz

Pros and Cons of Manmade Stone

  • Extremely durable
  • Long lasting
  • Easy to clean
  • Low Maintenance
  • No variation due to manfucaturing process
  • Can look artifical
  • Resistant to heat

Overall Stone Countertops recommendation

In conclusion, we believe the Stone Countertops choice should be made with lifestyle concerns in mind. That being said, as designers – visual appearance is (almost) always our first priority so if we can, we’ll be incorporating natural stone somewhere in your beautiful home.

Marble ledge on custom Dining Room Display design by Pearce Design Group, photo by Amie Retz

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February 22, 2023

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