Which one do I choose, Marble or Granite?
For those who don't know already, choosing between these two will come down to personal preference. However, if you're not looking for a natural stone, quartz countertops can be an alternative to granite or a marble countertop.
If you want long lasting durability though, then we recommend granite counters.Do I need professional installation for my renovation project?
Yes! We always suggest that you have your marble countertops or granite countertops professionally installed by certified professionals.
This will ensure they are properly laid and level with the existing surface of your kitchen cabinets so it doesn't look as if you've added them on yourself or that they're not securely attached.What are the differences between marble and granite countertops?
Although both marble and granite are mined from the earth, they possess very different properties. The biggest difference between granite and marble is their porosity - while marble is softer and more porous, so it absorbs water and stains easily, granite features a crystalline structure that makes it stronger than other natural stones.
Of course, marble needs more maintenance as it requires you to reapply sealant and polish every year or so to maintain its lustre.
Granite is an igneous rock formed deep in the earth's crust. The minerals contained in granite usually appear as tiny flecks along the surface of the stone. Marble is a metamorphic rock formed from recrystallized carbon, and its formation alters its original appearance due to intense heat and pressure.
Marble and granite are made of stone and both heat resistant. Variations in color may be drastic because they're made by nature. Both stones need to be properly sealed every once in a while because the oils and other stains can build up.
The appearance of the marble is achieved from natural processes, which take longer than those used for manufactured materials.Should I choose marble or granite for my kitchen countertops?
Stone countertops that are beautifully aesthetic and also durable are important in both the kitchen and bathroom. Granite is more durable and heat resistant than marble, so it is well-suited to the needs of a busy family with kids or pets that create messes.
However, granite countertops aren't immune to damage from acidic liquids, like lemon juice, if they're mishandled over time or if children play on them aggressively.
Both marble countertops and granite countertops can last
for a lifetime if maintained properly. When cleaning marble
, make sure to use products designed specially for marble; when cleaning granite, any mild soap will do.
Spills should be wiped up immediately and protective surfaces put in place wherever liquids are acidic or dark-coloured or oily. Contact with hot pans and dishes regularly may also damage marble slabs.
Owners of homes who have already decided to install marble
or granite countertops will find, however, that both have excellent qualities including durability and the allure of beauty.