Marble vs Granite for my home?
Marble and Granite are two of Mother Earth’s most beautiful rock formations. They’ve been used decoratively and functionally for thousands of years. Although they are formed by different geologic processes, they are both known for their assortment of colours and patterns, which vary according to the minerals and sediments present as they formed. Both natural stones are considered high-end upgrades to any home. The following is a comparison between marble vs granite, two beautiful and highly sought-after materials.
Marble is a metamorphic rock, formed when high pressure and heat are applied to layers of limestone over long periods of time. These differing layers of limestone are what form luxurious patterns, and what gives each piece a unique appearance. A wide range of patterns, colours, sheen levels and textures can be achieved with this stone. Marble offers the widest variety of looks of any natural stone.
It is a highly durable, yet delicate material. The best application of marble is in areas that are less prone to wear and tear, such as backsplashes, bathroom countertops and showers, or flooring where there’s less foot traffic. Marble is a softer stone and therefore more susceptible to scratches, etches, and stains. Learn more about etches and stains here.
Marble has been used as a building material for a very long time, so its ability to withstand the test of time is well documented. When it’s expertly installed and properly sealed and maintained, you can expect to enjoy the beauty of marble for a lifetime. We recommend sealing marble countertops and floors every 2-3 years, or more depending on the area and surface. Though marble is delicate, daily cleaning and care will also help prolong the longevity of the stone’s finish. Learn more about how to care for and maintain marble here.
Marble’s Pros & Cons:
- Wide variety of options
- Highly durable, yet delicate surface
- Susceptible to scratches, etches, and stains
- Better for low-traffic areas
- Heat resistant
- Daily cleaning and consistent maintenance needed
Granite is an igneous rock, formed when hot magma cools slowly. This process allows pockets to form where minerals, water, and gases are trapped and create colourful, and often dramatic, aesthetics. Granite is one of the hardest natural substances on earth, which is why it is often used for kitchen counters and floors where there is more foot traffic, either as tile or slab. Unlike marble, it can stand up to hard wear and tear. Since it is a hard rock, limited daily maintenance is required, although the surface should still be kept clean and in good condition.
It is a durable and strong material, but although rare, it can crack or chip. Chips and cracks are repaired using epoxy, but due to its dense nature, restoration can be more difficult and therefore, more costly than marble. Regular maintenance will prevent damage and maintain lustre. We recommend granite countertops and floors be sealed every 5-7 years, or more depending on the area and surface. It’s also worth noting that some granite is softer than others, and more susceptible to damage. Selecting the right granite can make all the difference. Learn how to conduct a simple test when choosing the right granite for your home here.
Granite’s Pros & Cons
- Less variety of options
- Withstands heavy wear and tear
- Less likely to crack or chip
- Much more costly to restore
- Easy to clean
- Heat resistant
- Less daily cleaning and maintenance required
Both stones will produce beautiful, valued surfaces in your home. Their prices are comparable and are largely dependent on the stones’ rarity and/or availability. The choice between marble vs granite really depends on your unique preferences and the specific area and its use. The longevity of each stone will depend on the consistent maintenance and care of the homeowner. Learn more maintenance, care and restoration of natural stone surfaces by checking out The Marble Clinic blog.