Quarried worldwide, marble is a highly desirable natural material. The higher up in the quarry marble is taken from, the stronger and more affordable. Marble from lower in the quarry is deemed more attractive due to its veining but this will also make it more delicate and therefore more expensive. Marble is very porous so is susceptible to staining and acid etching if it comes into contact with liquids such as tea, coffee, alcohol and even water.
Granite is a hard wearing naturally occurring material made up of a combination of elements, including quartz. It's much heavier than marble and can be used outdoors.
Quartz is a man-made stone material made from compressed natural quartz. It is highly durable and strong but also very expensive.
Key takeaways - What's the difference between marble, granite and quartz?
- Marble is porous and has characteristic veining, marble cannot be used outside
- Granite is much less porous, is hard-wearing and can be used in outdoor areas
- Quartz is man-made, highly durable and not porous. It can be specified for exterior settings