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American Granite Designs of Freehold, NJ provides custom countertop design, fabrication and installation for residential and commercial properties throughout the New Jersey area. Granite, quartz, and marble are three popular materials used by American Granite Designs for custom countertops in kitchens and bathrooms. Each material has its own unique characteristics, benefits, and considerations. Here’s a comparison of granite, quartz, and marble countertops:

Granite Countertops:

Material: Granite is a natural igneous rock composed of minerals like quartz, feldspar, and mica. It is quarried from the earth in large slabs.

Appearance: Granite countertops showcase a wide range of colors, patterns, and veining due to the natural variations in the stone. Each slab is unique.

Durability: Granite is known for its exceptional durability. It is resistant to scratches, heat, and impact. However, some types of granite can be more porous and may require sealing to prevent staining.

Maintenance: Granite countertops are relatively low-maintenance. Regular sealing is recommended to prevent staining, and spills should be wiped up promptly.


  • Unique and natural appearance.
  • Exceptional durability and resistance to heat and scratches.
  • Adds value to homes due to its luxury appeal.
  • Suitable for kitchens and bathrooms.


  • Some granite varieties may require regular sealing to prevent staining.
  • Variations in color and pattern can make matching multiple slabs a challenge.

Quartz Countertops:

Material: Quartz countertops are engineered using a combination of natural quartz crystals and resins. The mixture is compressed and heated to create durable slabs.

Appearance: Quartz countertops come in a wide array of colors and patterns. Unlike natural stone, they offer more uniformity in appearance.

Durability: Quartz countertops are highly durable and resistant to scratches, heat, and impact. The engineered nature of quartz ensures consistent strength.

Maintenance: Quartz countertops are non-porous, which means they do not require sealing. They are easy to clean and resist stains.


  • Consistent color and pattern options.
  • Non-porous surface makes it resistant to staining and bacterial growth.
  • High durability and low maintenance.
  • Suitable for kitchens and bathrooms.


  • The engineered nature might lack the natural look of real stone for some homeowners.

Marble Countertops:

Material: Marble is a natural metamorphic rock that is composed primarily of calcite. It’s known for its luxurious appearance.

Appearance: Marble countertops offer a classic and elegant look with distinctive veining and a variety of colors, including whites, creams, and grays.

Durability: While marble is beautiful, it is softer and more porous than granite or quartz. It can scratch, etch, and stain more easily. Honed marble is less susceptible to etching than polished marble.

Maintenance: Marble countertops require more maintenance due to their susceptibility to etching from acidic substances and staining. Regular sealing and careful use are necessary.


  • Timeless and luxurious appearance.
  • Unique veining patterns and colors.
  • Cool surface makes it ideal for baking and pastry preparation.


  • Requires more maintenance to prevent etching and staining.
  • Less suitable for high-traffic and high-use areas due to its vulnerability to damage.

When choosing between granite, quartz, and marble countertops, consider factors such as your desired aesthetics, maintenance preferences, durability requirements, and budget. American Granite Designs can help you make an informed decision based on your specific needs and preferences. You can contact us today at (732) 780-7600 to schedule a no-cost consultation and estimate! You can click the following link to view our many 5-star reviews.