Marble vs Granite

Marble vs Granite

Ever won­dered what the dif­fer­ence is between Mar­ble vs Gran­ite? Are you won­der­ing what type of stone to use on your floor or kitchen top? Well, look no fur­ther! Let’s com­pare both stones and see which one is fit for pur­pose.

Ding, Ding’ Round 1 ‘Marble vs Granite’…

First­ly, you will need to think about what you will be using the stone for? Although both are nat­ur­al stones that are quar­ried from the earth, Mar­ble and Gran­ite are very dif­fer­ent stones. Gran­ite is a much denser stone and much more durable, where­as Mar­ble is a much soft­er stone that is sus­cep­ti­ble to stain­ing and scratch­es.

Let’s concentrate on Marble first…

Mar­ble is one of the most amaz­ing­ly beau­ti­ful and lux­u­ri­ous of stones. It can be tempt­ing to have your kitchen fit­ted with mar­ble pure­ly because of the beau­ty of the stone but we would most cer­tain­ly rec­om­mend against this as Mar­ble is a much soft­er stone and can be very porous which can be a night­mare when cook­ing with oils a fat­ty foods.

Mar­ble looks great through­out the home such as in fire­places, floors, bath­rooms etc… just stay away from the kitchen!

Now let’s have a look at Granite

Gran­ite, believe it or not, comes from molten mag­ma, so as you can imag­ine is a much more durable stone. Granite’s crys­talline struc­ture means it is much more resis­tant to scratch­es and stain­ing. This means it is the per­fect stone for high traf­fic areas or on kitchen tops where it can take the abuse from a good chef!

So what’s the outcome? Marble vs Granite?

Well, when you com­pare both stones you can see that gran­ite is stronger, it does­n’t lose its shine eas­i­ly and does not stain eas­i­ly in the pres­ence of food acids like fruit juice, cof­fee or wine.

How­ev­er, Mar­ble is beau­ti­ful and dra­mat­ic! It has a vari­ety of colours and dif­fer­ent coloured veins where­as gran­ite usu­al­ly comes in a rel­a­tive­ly uni­form look across the slab.

So, Although Mar­ble is not as tough as Gran­ite, it is still a very tough stone… Just think of all the mar­ble archi­tec­ture of ancient Rome that we all still mar­vel at when we vis­it our muse­ums!


So, I hope this Mar­ble vs Gran­ite blog has been help­ful and has helped you decide which stone if best for you home.

As always, don’t for­get to check out our free advice sec­tion before decid­ing on which Mar­ble con­trac­tor to go for!