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Floor Tiles: Quartz Stone Vs Marble – Pros & Cons

quartz floor tiles

No matter what room they are in, floor tiles need to be long-lasting, durable, strong, and they also need to look fantastic too. You need to make very sensible choices at this point, because if you go for the wrong option, you may find yourself having to replace them sooner than you would have liked, costing you time and money which you can’t really afford.

For that reason, putting in thought and time at the planning process is vital. One of the main things you need to think about is what material you’re going to go for, and then you need to think about the colour, finish, and pattern you’re going to opt for also.

When it comes to the material, you can choose between many different ones, but two of the most popular currently are quartz and marble. If you’re stuck between the two, let’s check out the pros and cons of each to help you make your decision.

Quartz Pros and Cons

Quartz is an extremely strong stone, and that means that it is perfect for floor tiling, because it’s not going to be damaged at all easily. The stone is going to be around 93% natural origin, with just 7% added in resin for the type of colour you choose. Whilst quartz is extremely highly scratch, stain, and heat resistant, you do need to be careful in terms of anything which may stain it over long periods of time, so to cut out the issue, just mop up anything which spills and may stain.

When cleaning quartz, you should use only warm, soapy water and a soft cloth, avoiding harsh cleaning products and scouring pads. This is a major advantage because quartz floor tiles are easy and clean to keep clean.

Another plus point is that quartz is the only stone which doesn’t require any maintenance at all, so no yearly sealing or anything else added in. This is because quartz is non-porous, so it doesn’t absorb water. Of course, in terms of floor tiles, this is a con because it may become slippery.

On the down side? Probably the huge choice of colours, because whilst this is a great thing, it can also lead you to make a mistake. You need to go with a colour which is going to ‘go’ with everything else and also something which is going to go with the future redecorations you make.

Marble Pros and Cons

Now we have marble, one of the most opulent stones around. Marble floor tiles look amazing, and they are all unique, with no one tile ever being the same as another, thanks to the iconic veining. You can choose from countless colours and shades within them, so you don’t just have to stick to black and white, and you can be sure of a long-lasting result, if you look after it properly.

The downside is what we have just mentioned – marble doesn’t look after itself, and it does require yearly sealing to keep it in top condition. This is because marble is a porous stone, so you need to make sure that you carry this out. Of course, this means that marble is porous, so it absorbs water, and that is a plus point for floor tiles, because they won’t stay wet and slippery for very long at all.

Which will you choose?

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Pros & Cons of White Quartz Kitchen Worktops

White Quartz Kitchen Worktops

Are you scared of white kitchen worktops or white decors in general? Many people are, but this is a totally unfounded fear!

White decors look fresh, reflect the light, and always look clean, provided you put in the work to keep them that way. The downside? What we have just said – the work to keep them that way!

Having said that however, one of the most iconic worktop surfaces is in the shade of white – white marble. How many times have you seen this opulent choice and swooned at its beauty? This is one of the most timeless and classic options in front of you, and if you don’t want to go down the marble route, because you’re scared of the maintenance, you could choose another stone, such as quartz or granite; quartz doesn’t require any maintenance at all, and comes in all manner of different white shades, including marble effect too – this means you get the toughness with the appearance thrown in for good measure!

To give you a little more of a push in the right direction, here are the main pros and cons of choosing a white quartz kitchen worktop.

Pros

  • The appearance – We’ve mentioned it once already, but the beautiful appearance of white quartz is truly an opulent choice, and one which will look fantastic with various other parts of your kitchen.
  • The flexibility – White is a very flexible colour, because it ‘goes’ with most other colours besides.
  • Light reflecting qualities – If you have a small kitchen, installing a white quartz kitchen worktop will reflect the light, either natural or artificial, and this means you will have the illusion of a larger room.
  • Always looks clean – Provided you clean regularly, i.e. when you have been cooking, then you will have a beautifully clean and fresh look to your room for a long time to come.
  • Cost effective – White quartz comes in various different shades, but because these shades are not particularly rare, this means that they don’t come with a high price tag.

Cons

 

  • Cleaning needsWhite quartz is zero maintenance in terms of looking after it and sealing, it does probably require a bit more cleaning than any other colour, because it is going to show up any type of mark or spill. This obviously means you need to clean up a lot more.
  • Large rooms may end up looking ‘too big’ – If you have a particularly large kitchen, you need to pair your white worktop with a darker colour, otherwise your room is going to look huge! Of course, this doesn’t stop you having a white worktop, you just need to be careful what you pair it with.

As you can see, there are considerably more pros than cons, and that should certainly point you in the direction of a white quartz worktop for your next kitchen redecoration. Quartz is certainly the way to go if you want to cut down on maintenance and also in terms of availability, because you will not struggle to find quartz, especially in the many white shades.

Don’t be mistaken into thinking that white is white – oh no! White comes in various shades, finishes, and there are many patterns included in there too. You need to do your research, even when you narrow your choice down to a particular colour block!

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Fast Ways to Clean Granite Work Surfaces

Clean Granite Work Surfaces

If you have invested in a brand new granite work surface, you’ve gone for a beautiful and long-lasting choice. If you’re thinking about whether granite is for you, well, the good news is that there are many advantages coming your way if you decide to go down that route.

For instance, granite is:

  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Extremely strong
  • Highly scratch resistant
  • Highly stain resistant
  • Highly heat resistant
  • Available in countless different colours, patterns, and finishes
  • Easy to look after, simply requiring periodic sealing to ensure it stays in the best condition possible

Whilst granite isn’t zero maintenance in need, unlike quartz, it isn’t the biggest headache in the world to look after – simply seal it at least annually, clean regularly, avoid harsh chemical cleaners and scouring pads, and you’re good to go!

Of course, every granite surface in the world needs to be cleaned, in order to keep it hygienic and to avoid damage, and granite is no different. How do you clean granite? Quite simply!

Follow these tips and your new granite work surface will be looking as good as new for much longer than you might have thought.

Avoid harsh chemical cleaning products – Anything with bleach or ammonia needs to be put on the back burner, in fact it needs to be avoided like the literal plague! Whilst granite is extremely strong, repeated use of chemicals will weaken it over time and cause damage, which is going to be irreparable. The answer is to use only warm, soapy water, which will more than do the trick.

Avoid harsh scouring pads or cleaning cloths – Anything which could mark or scratch the surface should be avoided. Yes, granite is very scratch resistant, but if you are constantly scrubbing harsh cleaning pads over the surface, then some damage will occur. Again, stick to the basic things, such as a soft, damp cloth to clean it, and a dry, soft cloth to dry it/buff it.

Wipe up spillages as soon as they happen – Granite is very stain resistant, but some spillages will damage if they are left to absorb. Granite is a porous stone, so it is going to soak up liquids and other spillages quite quickly. To answer this, simply wipe up anything you spill as soon as it happens, and don’t just leave it sat there. This means that you have much less chance of a stain happening. Of course, this is also where that at least annual sealing needs to come into action, because this will form a barrier between the outside world, and your precious work surface.

And that’s it! Seriously, that is all you really need to know about cleaning a granite work surface. There are no major tricks or tips, and there is nothing particularly difficult about it. Granite is one of the most natural stones on the market, and nature doesn’t need complicated cleaning processes, it just needs basic things to keep it looking fantastic, just as Mother Nature intended in the beginning.

Remember to shop around for your work surface, in order to get the best deal. You will find granite is very widely available, so a little careful shopping here could save you serious cash in the long run too. When picking your colour, also remember to check it out in person, in the showroom.

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6 Popular Caesarstone Quartz Colours

Caesarstone Quartz

Quartz worktops are available in so many different colours that the decision can become extremely difficult to make. It’s overwhelming! You want your new worktop to look fantastic with the décor you currently have, or the one you’re planning, but you also want it to survive and ‘go’ with whatever you might change your décor into over the coming years. For that reason, you need to think carefully, and perhaps go neutral as much as possible.

If you go for a colour which is too ‘out there’, perhaps a fashion colour, something bright, then you’re going to end up with a work surface that you have to work around in a difficult job, rather than one which compliments most other décor choices.

Caesarstone recognise this fact, as one of the biggest suppliers of beautiful quartz worktops. Check out these six colour options, which are some of the most popular on the market.

White Attica – White is ever popular, and will never go out of fashion. If you’re a little scared of bright white, which some people are, then the blue marble veins in this particular option will break up the worry, and give you a very opulent appearance to your new kitchen worktop. This is probably the closest to marble that quartz will ever get!

Tuscan Dawn – Matte finishes look fantastic in a plain colour, and this rich light brown colour is a wonderful choice. This is a flexible colour option, because brown is very compatible with other shades, such as white, cream, grey, or black.

Atlantic Salt – You might not want a plain colour, and in that case you could go for a pattern, such as this one. Atlantic Salt is a wonderful mixture of brown, cream, and grey in flecks, which almost appear raised against the neutral background. Keep your cabinets and walls plain, and you have a very modern, and light-reflecting appearance to your kitchen.

Oyster – One of the most modern decors around at the moment is to go with grey and cream, or grey and white, and this particular shade of grey is a matte or shine option. Plain and very flexible, you are getting a mid-shade here, so nothing too dark, and nothing too light.

Jet Black – Black will never go out of fashion, and this colour remains ever popular for a reason. Black doesn’t show the dirt, although you should still clean, and it goes with many other colours too – a monochrome appearance is certainly opulent!

Crème Brule – The name alone sounds amazing, and the appearance is equally so! A creamy, rich colour, with lighter flecks running through it, this is a great centrepiece choice, and one which certainly goes well with other colours.

These are six of the most popular and most beautiful Caesarstone colours you can choose from, with plenty more besides. Remember to shop around, because this supplier is available from many different sources, and that means that you can save cash and grab yourself a great, lengthy warranty at the same time.

It’s always a good idea to head to a showroom and check out your preferred colour in person, because different shades react differently to artificial and natural light – this way you know what you’re getting, without any surprises on the day of installation.

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Pros and Cons of Quartz Stone Work Surfaces

Quartz Stone Work Surfaces

Are you unsure about quartz for your new kitchen worktop? It’s not surprising, there are so many options available, and the whole thing can get a little confusing if you’re not clear on the pros and cons of each option in front of you!

When it comes to your work surface, if you’re going down the natural stone route, you have three main choices – granite, marble, and quartz.

We’re going to focus entirely on quartz in this chat, basically because it is packed with advantages, with only the odd downside. This means that quartz is a great choice for your new worktop, be it for your kitchen or your bathroom.

Let’s check out the pros and cons in turn.

Pros of Quartz Stone Work Surfaces

Non-porosity – Quartz is a non-porous stone, which means that it doesn’t absorb liquids, and it doesn’t harbour germs or bacteria. This is a big plus point, because this makes it a hygienic option, and it also means that it is going to last longer, due to the reduced chance of problems from liquid absorption!

Very highly heat resistant – You would need to place a large amount of heat on the work surface to cause any damage, which makes it an ideal choice for bathrooms and kitchens. Obviously don’t play Russian roulette by testing this out too much, because over time it’s likely that there will be the odd problem, but if you can use heat pads, you’ll cut out the tiny possibility.

Very highly scratch resistant – Again, nothing is 100%, but you’re going to struggle to scratch a quartz work surface easily. If you stick to using cutting boards then you’re totally cutting out the chances of a scratch from occurring.

No maintenance required – Quartz is the only one of the natural stone options which doesn’t require any maintenance at all. Granite and marble will need regular sealing, but quartz doesn’t need anything, other than regular cleaning as you would do anyway.

Large number of colours and patterns available – You will find so much choice available, and the options might be overwhelming!

Cons of Quartz Stone Work Surfaces

Non-porosity – We’ll put this in the cons side as well as the pros, because the fact that quartz is non-porous means that it will probably always remain wet if there is water anywhere near it.

The range of colours could be overwhelming – The large range of different colours and patterns could lead you to feeling overwhelmed, which could then push you into making a snap decision. You need to really think about this carefully, because your quartz work surface needs to survive several redecorations – stick to neutral colours if possible.

As you can see, there are considerably more pros than cons when it comes to choosing quartz, and this is because it is such a fantastic choice. A quartz worktop, when installed professionally and cleaned regularly, will last you a considerable length of time.

Remember to shop around as best you can, and to check out colours carefully before choosing your final option. If you can avoid making fad/on trend choices, and instead stick to something which is going to ‘go’ with many other colours, you’ll find you have a very long-lasting option for a long time to come.

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Tips and Tricks to Help You Choose Your Bathroom Worktops

Bathroom Worktops

Your bathroom needs to be a room of serenity and calm, whilst also being functional and easy to clean. It’s a fine line to figure out, but the key really is in the furnishings and hardware. One vital part of your décor is your worktop.

How do you choose your ideal bathroom worktop? Everyone’s idea of perfection is different, and sometimes perfection is a hard thing to achieve. Having said that, you can certainly get very close if you pay attention to the process, put time into it, and invest the right amount of cash – without going over or under your budget.

If you’re not sure where to begin, here are a few tips and tricks to help you choose the ideal bathroom worktop for you.

What is your budget?

At this point you need to think realistically about your budget and stick to it. How much money do you have available to dedicate to your bathroom worktop? Don’t pluck a figure out of the ether, think about it carefully and make sure it is a wise choice. From there, you can shop around and find a worktop which fits in with your budget. If you can find one below budget, all the better, but remember that sometimes you really do get what you pay for.

How big is your bathroom?

You obviously need to measure the area to ensure you can find a worktop within budget, and in the size that you need. You will be able to find any material cut to measure, but if you’re completely renovating your bathroom, you need to think about where you’re going to put the worktop, where your sink is, and think about whether you want a split worktop elsewhere in the room. Again, shop around.

Do you have children?

This is an important point to consider because you need the worktop to be at a good height for everyone, but also a safe height. You also need to think about the material at this point, because you have to think about hygiene. Quartz is a non-porous material which doesn’t absorb liquid and doesn’t harbour bacteria, so that could be a good choice to go for here.

What colour scheme are you going for?

No matter what material you choose, you will certainly find a huge range of different colours, patterns, and finishes available. Think carefully at this point, and avoid going for ‘fad’ colours, e.g. those which are in fashion but a little ‘out there’. If you do this, you’re only going to end up having to redecorate everything, including your worktops, the next time you decide to change everything. Ideally, you want your worktop to last several redecorations around it. It’s always a good idea to check out colours in person too, rather than relying on what they look like online. Certain colours can make rooms look smaller, and other colours can make rooms larger – think about this carefully.

What material are you thinking about choosing?

We touched upon the non-porosity of quartz, so that is certainly something to think about, but you also have a couple of other choices too, including marble and granite. Yes, you can go down the line of wood or laminate, but for a bathroom, these are not sensible choices. You need a material which is long-lasting, hard-wearing, readily available, and strong.

Marble is considered a good bathroom choice because it is porous, and therefore it soaks up water. Obviously the downside of this is that you need to treat it regularly, to avoid any damage over time.

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10 Reasons Why Granite is Fantastic For Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen Countertops

Granite is a popular choice for kitchen countertops, and when you look into the pros of the stone in a bit more detail, you’ll completely understand why!

It’s important to know that you are making the right choice when you are spending a large amount of money on something which you want to last you for a long time to come. You might be weighing up your options between quartz, granite, and marble, but if you’re edging your way a little more towards granite, let’s check out ten reasons why this natural stone is ideal for kitchen countertops.

  1. Granite is strong

You would have to drop a very heavy weight on a granite countertop to break it. This means that you have peace of mind in your purchase. We’re certainly not looking at a fragile stone here.

  1. Granite is very natural, both in appearance and in reality

The appearance of granite looks fantastic in kitchens because of its earthy and natural tones, no matter what colour you opt for. Granite is mined from the earth, so you can be sure of a strong stone, as we mentioned in our first point, but you can also be assured of a very natural in appearance stone which looks fantastic in the place where you create food – one of the most natural things in the world!

  1. Granite is durable and long-lasting

Because granite is strong and natural, you can be sure that it is going to last you for a very long time to come. There is a little maintenance to be done, which we’ll talk about a little shortly, but overall this is low and if you can keep on top of this and look after your stone, it will last you for a long time.

  1. Granite is a cost effective choice

Because of how long granite will last you, provided you can choose a colour that survives several redecorations, you’re looking at a cost effective option. When you compare this to other materials, such as laminate, granite will last you a considerably longer stretch of time.

  1. Granite is available in a large range of colours, patterns, and finishes

Most shades are quite earthy, and you won’t find anything too ‘out there’ or bright, which is ideal for a kitchen which you want to be neutral and attractive. Choose carefully, but overall, the choice is very large.

  1. Granite is highly heat resistant

Because granite is so strong, and because it is natural, it is very heat resistant. It’s always a good idea to use heat resistant pads for your hot pans if you’re leaving them there for a long time, or regularly, but overall, granite won’t burn easily.

  1. Granite is easy to clean

You only need warm, soapy water and a soft cloth to clean your granite worktop. It’s always wise to avoid harsh chemical cleaners and abrasive sponges/clothes, and instead stick to methods that are as natural as the stone itself.

  1. Granite is readily available

Granite is very easy to find these days, and you’ll have several options in front of you. This is great because you can shop around and find the best deal for you.

  1. Granite usually comes with a long warranty

The length of warranty differs from place to place, but generally speaking, you can be sure of a long warranty available, giving you more peace of mind.

  1. Granite is quite low maintenance

White granite will need sealing annually to keep it in top condition, this is a quick and easy process. Aside from that, simple and regular cleaning is all that is needed.

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10 of The Most Popular Granite Stone Colours

Popular Granite Stone

If you have opted for granite stone for your new kitchen or bathroom worktop, you’ve chosen a very durable and strong stone. Congratulations! The benefits are going to be great.

If you’re not too sure at this point, these are the advantages of granite stone:

  • A very strong stone;
  • Highly heat resistant;
  • Available in countless colours, patterns, and finishes;
  • Readily available on the market;
  • Very attractive;

Now we know why you should choose granite, let’s check out ten of the best colours to opt for.

  1. African red – This relatively bright red base colour is decorated with flecks and large clusters of light grey, dark grey, and even black hues. When combined with black, white, or grey, this is a beautiful mixture.
  1. Andromeda white – If you’re a little scared of regular white, this is a great idea, as it is toned down by grey and slightly purple flecks, with grey lines running across it. You could easily combine this particular option with grey, black, white, or even purple cabinets!
  1. Angola black – The pattern running through this choice is really beautiful. The base colour is black, but the overtones are symmetrical and patterned in such a way that draws the eye in. The colours on top are white, darker black, and light grey.
  1. Angola blue – Wanting something a little astronomical? This is the perfect choice! The base colour is a dark blue but the pattern on top is a lighter blue, black, and silver, almost glittering.
  1. Antique brown – Perfect for fans of earthy colours, this particular shade has larger flecks running across the surface, and would look fantastic with any other neutral colour as a pair.
  1. Arctic cream – This is certainly a colour which is a little different, because instead of having flecks, this has lines, almost etchings, which are in a black or dark blue colour. When coupled with black or grey, this colour really pops.
  1. Baltic brown – The pattern on this shade looks like roses or cut trees, depending on how you look at it! This certainly sets it apart as something unusual, with a base colour of black, and varying shades of brown over the top of it.
  1. Bianco crystal – This is another colour which is ideal for those who may be a little worried about going all white. The undertone is certainly a bright white shade, but the top is covered in flecks, almost like a salt and pepper pattern, in dark blue, grey, and black dots.
  1. Black fusion – This is a very unusual but very popular shade to go for. Whilst the base is black, the top section is almost like a volcanic explosion! Ideal for plain kitchens, because this particular choice is very ‘busy’ in terms of the pattern.
  1. Blue butterfly – A mixture of black, blue, and grey, the black base colour is accented by large, almost bubble patterns of blue and grey. The blue is quite bright, so again, this would look great with plain décor kitchens.

With any shade, be sure to check it out in person before you make your final decision. Granite shades are all wonderful, but they do differ according to the light; whether we are talking about natural light or artificial light, there may be a slight difference that you need to take into account before you make your final decision.

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10 Beautiful Marble Colours For Contemporary Kitchens

Marble Colours For Contemporary Kitchens

Marble is a fantastic choice for kitchen counters, whether you have a traditional choice or something a little more modern. There’s no denying it however, contemporary kitchens look fantastic and are seriously on trend right now. Marble is the ideal combination, to give you a hint of opulence and timelessness in your contemporary design. Pair this with sleek appliances, silver handles to your cabinets, and keep everything as modern as possible, and you’ll have a fantastic décor you will want to keep for many years to come.

Obviously marble is a natural stone, and one which is available in countless different shades. You might be feeling overwhelmed at the choice, but here are ten of the most beautiful marble shades to throw into your contemporary kitchen plans.

  1. Bianco – This is a plain white marble slab, which looks fantastically white. This can be paired with countless other colours, and it has that timeless opulence going on, which marble is so famous for.
  1. Arabescato Vagli – Again, this is a white marble shade, which gives you that famous appearance, but to tone down the harshness of the colour, there are dark grey veins running across it.
  1. Botticino Classico – When paired with cream cabinets, or white cabinets, this particular shade of marble is delicious! The base tone is beige, and there are veins of darker beige and white running through it.
  1. Belgian Black – From the name you will have guessed that this is a black marble shade, but it is plain black, jet black, and that looks fantastic with white or cream!
  1. Rojo Alicante – If you want something totally different, this is the one for you! The red base colour is accented by black and white veins which run across it in varying thicknesses.
  1. Rosso Verona – Pair this orange marble base colour with cream or white and you have one of the most beautiful combinations for a small kitchen, really reflecting the light for extra space. The pattern over the top is a mixture of darker orange and red, almost in swirls.
  1. Verde – A large kitchen will really benefit from this mid-green swirl pattern of marble. Again, you can pair this with black or you can go for white to create a lighter mixture.
  1. Rosso Levanto – This is a very busy pattern that looks wonderful with a white or cream cabinet. The black and brown base colour is accented by white and brown veins which look almost like scribbles.
  1. Crema Valencia – Again, we have a beige/brown combination, which looks opulent with lighter coloured cabinets. The veins which run across it are in a darker orange shade, and run together to form a ‘cracking’ pattern.
  1. Marrone Imperial – Finally we have a very different kind of shade, but one which is extremely popular. This particular base colour is somewhere between gold and brown, and the top veining is in a ‘web’ pattern, of a lighter gold shade.

Remember to check out your preferred shade, or shades, in person. Visiting a showroom will give you a real view of the shade you’re thinking of choosing, remembering that certain lights can change the actual appearance. Check this out before you buy, and remember to shop around!

Marble is a fantastic choice, and one which is sure to look fantastic.

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Quartz Vs Marble – Which Will You Choose For Your Bathroom Vanity Units?

bathroom vanity units

When you are redecorating or even renovating a bathroom, you need to think very carefully about different aspects of the room. You need to install a bath or shower, if there isn’t already one there, you need to think about flooring, tiling, and you need to think about the overall décor too. Obviously, another thing you need to consider is the vanity unit.

A bathroom is simply not a bathroom without a vanity unit!

For this reason, we are dealing with a piece of equipment which is essential.

The biggest decision you have to make where your vanity unit is concerned is which material to go with, and then which colour or style to choose. Two of the most popular materials around are quartz and marble. These are both natural stone choices, but what sets them apart?

Let’s compare the two and see which one comes out on top.

Quartz For Bathroom Vanity Units

Quartz is a non-porous material, which means it doesn’t absorb water and it doesn’t harbour any germs or bacteria; in terms of a bathroom vanity unit, this is both a pro and a con. The non-germ harbouring side of things is definitely a pro, but the fact that water doesn’t absorb could be seen as a downside – this means that your vanity unit may have standing water on it for much of the time. Now, quartz doesn’t need maintenance, i.e. it doesn’t need regular sealing, other than the usual cleaning you would do anyway, and this is a definite plus point.

Quartz is also available in countless colours, patterns, and finishes, whilst also being very readily available on the market, so you can shop around for the best deal. Quartz is highly scratch and heat resistant, so you can put your hair straighteners down on the surface for a short time, without having to worry about burn marks.

Basically, quartz is a fantastic choice, and aside from the question of whether porosity is an issue or not, there are no major downsides at all.

Marble For Bathroom Vanity Units

Whereas quartz is non-porous, marble is certainly porous, and again that could be seen as a downside or an upside. On the upside, marble will absorb standing water, so it won’t be a wet or slippery surface, but on the downside this does mean that the material needs regular sealing, to ensure that the absorbed water doesn’t cause any cracking or weakening issues in the future.

White marble is an iconic choice for bathrooms, and has been used in public and high quality buildings for centuries – think back to the Ancient Greeks and Ancient Romans, they all loved white marble for their communal bathing areas. For this reason, you have a very opulent appearance when you choose white marble, although there are many other colours available too. The downside? Marble might not be as tough or hard-wearing as quartz, and it isn’t heat resistant, so you will need to use heat saving pads for your hair styling tools.

The end choice really is a personal one, and whichever option you go for, always remember to shop around to get the best deals on the market. Both options will look fantastic, and there are countless colours and patterns to choose from.

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