When selecting countertops for new construction homes or for home remodels, today’s home owners are looking more toward natural stone countertops. While granite and marble are both natural stones, granite tends to be more popular in kitchens due to its durability, while marble is often selected for house accents and bathroom vanities due to its aesthetic appeal and sleek look.
Both granite and marble are excellent choices for kitchen and bathroom countertop materials. At Marble Granite World, we want to be sure that you select the right countertop material for your home and for your lifestyle. Let’s look at their similarities and difference as well as the pros and cons of each countertop material.
Granite vs. Marble: Appearance
Both granite and marble have a beautiful and natural appearance. Granite is available in a large array of colors and patterns to fit any décor or color scheme. Granite countertops can contain veining or specs that are varied in pattern and color in any shade from light to dark.
Marble often has a much simpler appearance, with less specs and patterns than granite. The veining in marble can vary from almost none to a heavier color tone with more movement. Unlike granite, marble’s colors and shades are be more consistent throughout the slab.
Ultimately, the selection of marble or granite in terms of appearance is up to home owner preference.
Granite vs. Marble: Durability
Granite is considered highly durable and is harder than marble. It is more likely to be resistant to chips and cracks, and the surface can handle direct heat from a hot pot (though you should still avoid this if possible). Marble is slightly less durable and can be more susceptible to accidental chips, cracks, and stains.
Both granite and marble can stain; however, marble is more porous and will absorb liquids and stain easier than granite. Marble is especially vulnerable to penetration by liquid and extremely basic or acidic substances. To avoid permanent staining or discoloration of marble or granite, be sure to wipe up any spills immediately. It is always best to avoid letting anything wet, such as a sponge, sit directly on the surface for an extended period of time.
Granite vs. Marble: Cost
The cost of granite and marble have been reduced over the years due to increased supply and demand. Granite countertops have become much more affordable, so you will see granite countertops installed in more modest homes than even 10 years ago. The costs of marble and granite vary based on the source country, style, and thinkness of the stone. In general, marble and granite prices are quite similar, although the range in prices is vast. Although the price of granite and marble has been reduced in recent year, they are both still viewed as luxury countertop material.
Granite vs. Marble: Installation
The installation of granite and marble should always be left to a professional. The slabs can weigh as much as a few thousand pounds, so you’ll need special equipment to transport a slab. In addition, at Marble Granite World, we measure your countertops with a laser to ensure the most accurate measurements. Our fabricators will also cut each piece to the exact size and cut out a precise opening for your sink and any faucets or other fixtures. Once installed, you can begin using your countertops the next day.
Granite vs. Marble: Maintenance
Both granite and marble are nearly maintenance free. A surface cleaner formulated for natural stone should be used for daily cleaning needs. Both marble and granite will need to be resealed annually. You can hire a professional to reseal your granite or you can do it yourself with specialized products. Should you crack, stain, or chip your natural stone please call a professional for help with repair.