Stone Connection: Get to Know Marble & Granite
Natural stone has a wonderfully refreshing and nature-inspired look for interiors. Both marble and granite look great and each has its own range of benefits. When deciding between the two, be sure to check it the pros and cons before you make your final decision.
Let’s take a closer look and compare marble and granite countertops…
Both granite and marble are natural stone materials, and both are porous. Granite, however, is slightly harder than marble as it is made of igneous rock which is extremely durable. However, both granite and marble offer good durability. Many people would choose one of the other for their kitchen or bathroom countertops, and rightly so. Both are versatile options for modern interiors.
Granite vs. Marble Countertops
Renovating a space in your home and reconsidering your surfaces? Granite and marble are equally beautiful options for countertops. Granite shows the grains more clearly which may appear as specks that are varied in colour. As such, a granite slab might contain a variety of hues – blue, green, orange, pink, or red – typically in medium to dark shades. These are often great for pairing with other colours in your design.
On the other hand, the “pattern” is usually larger in marble. Marble varies from stone to stone in colour and patterns and comes in a full palette of nuances. The colour tends to be fairly consistent with veins running through it that concentrate the colour. A grey-blue slab of marble might have darker blue veins while a grey-pink slab might contain veins that are quite rosy-red in colour.
The choice, however, remains a personal one. Our suggestion is that you have a look at the bigger slabs and consider all of your options. Various stones may have different undertones and veining and this could appeal differently to different people
Hardness and Durability
Granite is typically harder than marble. This means it is generally more resistant to chips and scratches. Both materials are heat resistant though. However, caution should be used with hot pots and pans in the kitchen or hot hair tools in the bathroom.
Nowadays granite is applied in numerous ways ranging from paving to monuments. In homes,Stone Connection has several beautiful stone collections which all share the excellence of quality our customers have come to expect. it is widely chosen for countertops in kitchens, due to its resistance to heat and stains, as well as tiles for different surfaces. This material is suitable for both indoor and outdoor surfaces.
While softer compared to granites, marble is a marvelous natural stone that can be used for tiling, bathroom walls and paving, vanities, and any other surfaces. When properly sealed, marble is also recommended for kitchen countertops and can be used for all remodeling and building projects.
Both marble and granite countertops are also quite durable. But they must be properly sealed every one to two years. Granite and marble are porous, so without a seal, liquids will penetrate and stain. When the seal fades and is not replaced, these stones can be easily marred by oil, wine, juice and anything acidic.
Most experts agree that granite requires moderate maintenance when compared with a solid surface, quartz, laminate, glass or even ceramic tile. Marble is also moderate to high maintenance. The care involved is usually related to keeping it sealed, avoiding acidic materials and wiping up spills quickly.
Whatever your choice, natural stone always offers a fresh, modern look in interior design. Be sure to check out the range available locally from Stone Connection. Here you will find several beautiful stone collections which all share the excellence of quality that customers have come to expect.
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