Quartz Vs Limestone | Countertop Comparison
Quartz and limestone are fairly different materials in terms of composition, style and durability, however, both can be fantastic countertops depending on the given project.

Quartz is one of the best-engineered materials available for countertop projects in areas that are not appropriate for natural stones for one reason or another, whether it be a children’s bathroom, changing room, or business on a budget.

Quartz is an engineered stone, meaning that it is manmade from natural quartz minerals. Slabs of quartz used for countertops contain about 93% crushed quartz combined with about 7% polyester resin, which is a synthetic material. Quartz stones have consistent patterns, and can come in a wide variety of colors, patterns and textures. Since quartz is man-made, it is completely non-porous meaning that the stone will never stain, and the consistent patterns make it easier to hide seams, which is great for large areas. The stone is also highly durable, and is great for high traffic areas. Marble.com carries quartz that is made by a variety of popular companies, such as Caesarstone, Quantra, and Santa Margherita.

Limestone is a sedimentary rock primarily composed of calcium carbonate. It is known for uniquely having ancient aquatic fossils embedded it as a result of being formed in clear, warm, shallow marine waters. There are many limestone–forming environments around Earth, such as the Caribbean Sea, Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf, Gulf of Mexico, around Pacific Ocean islands and within the Indonesian archipelago.

Limestone is slightly softer and more porous than marble, so avoiding areas that experience a high traffic flow, particularly with acidic liquids, is best. Limestone will look fantastic as a bathroom vanity or bath surround because it provides a “beachy” look from impressions left on the stone by aquatic fossils and shells. It typically comes in natural colors such as grey, tan or brown and has a solid overall appearance. Its visual versatility makes it easy to accommodate any design scheme, which makes Limestone is especially perfect for renovations.

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