Marble and Granite are both great options for home and commercial countertops and other projects that homeowners are looking to complete. Both of these materials come in a variety sizes, colors and styles. Each material provides homeowners with its own unique benefits. When you begin your search for the perfect natural stone countertop, you may feel overwhelmed by the amount of choices available. There are many different options that you can choose from. Of course, every material performs better than others in certain environments.
Natural stone slabs are a great choice for those who are looking to create a unique space. It has become increasingly popular among designers and homeowners, but the reason it brings a unique quality to a space is because no two pieces are exactly alike. Because it’s made naturally by the earth, you can never guarantee similarity between two pieces. This means that you can guarantee a unique piece of stone almost every single time that will not be found anywhere else in the world, making your space unique.
If you want a particularly durable surface, you might prefer granite. It doesn't stain as easily. Both options are quite strong, so they can stand up to high temperatures and resist impact damage. Dark granite and green marble tend to offer the greatest durability.
Natural stone installation will require precision cutting and heavy lifting so only a skilled fabricator should perform this task. It costs about the same amount of money to prepare and install granite or marble.
Granite generally demands less upkeep, especially if it's black. Marble requires more frequent sealing and cleaning. Sealants usually protect granite with greater success requiring it to be done less often.
It's important to immediately wipe up any foods that you spill on marble to prevent damage or staining. You should do this regardless of whether it has been sealed or not. The surface can be damaged by exposure to acidic fluids like wine, various juices and pasta sauce.
The impact natural stone accents will have on your property value will differ depending on the type of home. Marble is more desirable in luxury dwellings (see our marble slab); many people feel that it looks elegant. Elsewhere, buyers may prefer the low maintenance needs of granite.
Natural stone has a unique look. The most desirable material differs based on personal preference, so it's difficult to compare them. Be sure to look at a variety of materials and evaluate their appearance on your own.
If you feel that your home could benefit from a natural stone backsplash, countertop or floor, please stop by one of our 4 locations to browse our selection and get on the spot pricing and have all of your questions answered by one of our stone experts. We have an inventory full of unique and beautiful natural stone options to help you finish off your space and make it look exactly how you want it to.