If quartz for one reason or the other doesn’t work for you, there are a few alternatives that might work. The most popular ones, and probably the best, are granite, marble and porcelain. They are all different materials, but they also have some characteristics similar to quartz. They all have their pros and cons, and it is best for you to vague them according to your preferences.
Granite is a natural stone that is known for its durability and sturdiness. It is one of the toughest stones found in nature that will not get scratched easily. You can even cut directly on it without any consequences. It will also handle the high impact of force with ease.
Granite also performs excellently when exposed to high temperatures; it will not break nor melt.
Granite is porous material and you will have to seal it 2-4 times a year. The sealant will form a waterproof surface that will make it more resistant to staining.
Granite is very dense and it can be for that reason very heavy. Some cabinets may require additional structural support before the installation.
Marble is considered as the most beautiful stone. It is recognizable by the veining it has. There are several marble types, such as Cararra, Calacatta or Statuario. Each marble type is different from the other by the thickness of its veining and the background colour.
Marble is a great heat conductor and always feels cool to the touch. Because of that, it is excellent for busy kitchens.
Marble will be easy to clean with just soap and water. It also requires sealing several times a year.
Marble is soft and porous. It can get scratched relatively easily and stained as well. Sealing it regularly will prevent spills from staining.
Porcelain is less popular than marble and granite, but it has some excellent qualities that can make you choose it.
Firstly, porcelain is highly resistant to staining. It has a non-porous surface that no liquids can break.
Porcelain is also resistant to high temperatures; it is produced on 1400 Celsius, so temperatures produced in the kitchen will not be the problem.
When compared to granite, for example, porcelain is less resistant to scratching. Porcelain will not get scratches as easy as marble, but it will also not be as scratch-proof as granite. It is also easier to chip and break.
Porcelain doesn’t need sealing and it will be very easy to clean due to its sleek and smooth surface.
All three materials will be great alternatives to quartz stone worktops. Each of the material is well-known for a certain characteristic; marble is known for its beauty but it requires more attention than the remaining two. Granite is a very durable material that is perfect for kitchens. Porcelain is resistant to staining the most out of the three, but it is not as durable.
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