Marble vs Granite: The Basics

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MARBLE OR GRANITE FOR MY HOUSE?

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 noted for their colours and patterns, which vary according to the minerals and sediments that were present as they formed. Considered high-end construction upgrades, their prices are comparable and depend on the stones’ rarity and/or availability. Both stones need to be properly sealed to protect their appearance.

This is The Marble Clinic’s basic comparison between these two beautiful and highly sought-after materials:

Marble

it’s a metamorphic rock, formed as high pressure and heat are applied to layers of limestone over long periods of time. These differing layers limestone are what form its luxurious patterns. There is a wide range of patterns, colours, sheen levels and textures that can be achieved with this stone. Marble offers the widest variety of looks, but it is a soft stone, causing susceptibility to scratches, etching, and damage from acids. The best application of marble is in areas that are less prone to hard wear and tear, such as backsplashes, bathroom countertops and showers, or flooring with low foot traffic. We recommend Marble be sealed every 2-5 years depending on traffic and upkeep. Though marble is delicate, daily cleaning and care will help prolong the longevity of the stone’s finish.

 

MARBLE’S HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wide variety of options
  • Susceptible to scratches, etches, and stains
  • Better for low-traffic areas
  • Heat resistant
  • Daily cleaning and consistent maintenance is needed
  • Marble Maintenance & Restoration

Marble is a soft stone, so needs a bit more consistent maintenance. Surfaces should be kept dry, and acids should be cleaned up immediately. Marble should be resealed immediately if the sealant fades. Marble should be resealed professionally every 2-5 years, possibly more often depending on the area and surface.

 

Granite

it’s 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, either as tile or slab. It can stand up to hard wear and tear. It is also be used for flooring and backsplashes. If you view the image comparison below, you will notice granite typically has a speckled appearance, no matter the colour combination. Although granite can crack or chip, it is less of an issue for most homeowners. These chips and cracks can be repaired using epoxy. Granites dense nature makes restoration more difficult and therefore costly than marble or other metamorphic rock, however, regular maintenance will prevent damage and maintain lustre. It is recommended that Granite is sealed every 5-7 years.

 

GRANITE’S HIGHLIGHTS

  • Less likely to crack or chip
  • Withstands heavy wear and tear
  • Much work to restore
  • Easy to clean
  • Heat resistant
  • Family friendly
  • Granite Maintenance & Restoration

Since granite is a hard rock, limited daily maintenance is required, although the surface should still be kept clean and in good condition. However, granite restoration entails more work than a softer stone, such as marble.

BOTH STONES WILL PRODUCE BEAUTIFUL, VALUED SURFACES IN YOUR HOME. THE CHOICE BETWEEN MARBLE AND GRANITE REALLY DEPENDS ON THE HOMEOWNER’S PREFERENCE AND THE SPECIFIC AREA AND ITS USE. THE LONGEVITY OF EACH STONE WILL DEPEND ON THE CONSISTENT MAINTENANCE AND CARE OF THE HOMEOWNER.

The Marble Clinic

The Marble Clinic

Natural Stone Professionals; specializing in the restoration, repair and maintenance of marble, granite, terrazzo & more.

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