Engineered quartz (EQ) products have come a long way in the past ten years. Once monotonous and consisting of plain, solid colors, EQ has progressed into the more natural and classic looks we now have available in 2020. The most popular EQ’s for 2020 maintain the classic aesthetic of marble while providing a durable surface suitable for regular use. But what exactly are the differences between marble and EQ, and which is the better product for your upcoming project?
Marble is a natural stone that is quarried from the earth, and has veining and inclusions that give it a unique character. There are many types of marble, but the most popular marbles currently are light in color with grey veining. These marbles are a perfect choice for residential vanities and table tops. However caution should be taken if installed in high impact areas, such as a kitchen countertop or commercial applications.
Marble is porous so extra care must be taken to prevent etching and staining. Many EQ manufacturers mimic these marbles, and for good reason. Marble has made a huge comeback in the design world. If you’re looking for easy maintenance, EQ is the way to go.
EQ consists of approximately 93% natural stone and 7% epoxy resin, making it resistant to staining and etching. EQ never needs to be sealed and cleaning consists of wiping with a pH neutral cleanser as needed. Because EQ is part resin, temperatures exceeding 300 degrees Fahrenheit could burn the top. We advise using trivets with any stone countertop due to the possibility of thermal shock.
Which should I use?
So which product is best for your project? That depends on where the stone is being installed, how much routine maintenance you or your client are willing to undertake, and the design intent of the project. The good news is we stock an abundance of both products. For more information on which stone is best for you, please visit our Choosing a Stone page, and give us a call to schedule a visit with one of our stone professionals!