Solid stone surfaces are becoming an increasingly popular choice for both kitchen and bathroom worktops. It is important to note however that different types of stone surface display different characteristics.
Marble, granite and quartz are the most popular choices for solid stone surfaces in both kitchens and bathrooms. Of the three, however, only marble and granite are honed directly from quarried blocks or slabs. Quartz, on the other hand, is made available for worktops only as an engineered stone, produced by combining natural quartz with epoxy resin.
Ironically, some householders prefer engineered quartz surfaces such as cimstone quartz to purely natural stone. This is because quartz worktops not only combine great strength and durability (quartz is one of the hardest substances found on earth, second only to precious stones); they also benefit from a more managed aesthetic, and are available in a wide variety of controlled, uniform colours and patterning.
Quartz is also always produced in uniform rectangular shapes that butt up to the edges of walls more perfectly and fit together smoothly.
Other householders actually prefer the fact that marble and granite worktops reflect the randomness of nature in both shape and aesthetic. Granite in particular has a rather stunning sensation of depth in its patterning that is almost impossible to replicate synthetically.
Whilst marble and granite are naturally resilient, both require sealing before use to help prevent staining. Quartz on the other hand is ready to use immediately.
It should also be borne in mind that marble is ultimately softer and less scratch-resistant than either granite or quartz.