When selecting a granite, marble, or quartz finish, keep in mind that every type of stone varies in terms of durability, stain resistance, and heat resistance. Refer to our guide below to choose the optimal finish for your project:
Granite is one of the most versatile stone options on the market. With hundreds of variations in color and pattern, there is always a choice to fit your design. Granite is one of the most durable stones available, and is:
- Suitable for indoor and outdoor applications
- Heat resistant up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
- One of the hardest stones available at a 7 on the Mohs’ scale
Although granite is stain resistant, it still requires regular cleaning and yearly sealing to maintain its appearance. Refer to our Material Maintenance page for guidance on how to properly maintain your granite countertops.
Marble is valued for its unique veining and classic aesthetic, providing a beautiful finish for any project. Used in sculpture and architecture for centuries, marble is one of the oldest and most sought after building materials. Although marble is in high-demand for its beauty, it is not always the most durable option, and is suitable for:
- Indoor applications
- Low-impact areas
- Areas with low amounts of moisture
Because marble can stain and etch when exposed to acidic or alkaline substances, Bella Stone recommends cleaning and sealing marble tops regularly using a pH neutral cleaner. Refer to our Material Maintenance page for more information on how to properly care for your marble countertops.
Engineered quartz is sought after for its uniformity, modern aesthetic, and low maintenance requirements. Once known as a more costly option than natural stone, many quartz manufacturers have released affordable lines in recent years. Use quartz if you require a stone that is:
- Stain and moisture resistant
- Suitable for indoor applications (quartz is not UV resistant and will fade over time in outdoor applications).
- Uniform in pattern without natural inclusions and variations
Because engineered quartz is non-porous, it does not need to be sealed and will not stain. However, because quartz consists of ~7% epoxy resin, it does not provide the heat resistance of granite and will burn if high-temperature objects are placed on the surface. Refer to our Engineered Quartz page for more information on care and maintenance from the manufacturers.