Imported marbles & granite are beautiful and have their own attributes which make them a very popular material option for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Considering the pros and cons of both imported marbles & granite, buyers decide on which surface would be more suitable for their space. Let’s talk about the difference between both the materials.
Origin: Granite is classified as an igneous work because of its origin i.e. from solidification and cooling of molten magma. It mainly consists of quartz & feldspar which are hard minerals. On the other hand, imported marbles are formed by the transformation of sedimentary stones. These stones then get metamorphosed into marbles under intense heat & pressure. It mainly consists of calcium carbonate that is much softer than other components of granite.
Applications: The durable quality of granite makes it appropriate for kitchen countertops and hallways where there is high foot activity while marble is more apt for areas where there is less traffic like bathrooms. Marble gives a bright unique look and is suitable for surfaces that are used less frequently.
Durability & Strength: Both imported marbles and granite are stones that are here to last & stay beautiful for many years to come. However, granite easily resists scratches and damage from heat whereas imported marble will suffer common damage when coming in contact with hot pans and while cutting on the slab. Granite does not scuff or discolor from everyday household activities whereas imported marble is a much better option for fireplace surrounds, bathroom vanities and decorative accents.
Stain Resistance: Imported marbles are highly porous that results in absorption of some food materials or liquids like wine, lemon, vinegar etc. causing permanent staining. On the other hand, granite is capable of resisting stains and liquids as long as an effective sealant barrier is maintained on the granite top.
Appearance: Both granite and imported marbles have almost similar appearances. Granite appears as flecking throughout the stone whereas marble color variations are in the form of colorful veins that swirl beautifully through the stone.
Cleaning & Maintenance: Imported marble surfaces require more cleaning & maintenance to avoid damage. Cleaning products with neutral pH can be used to avoid discoloring the imported stones. For granite, plain soapy water can be used to keep the surfaces clean and beautiful. Sealants are used on both granite and marble to prevent staining and etching. Marble requires sealing much more frequently i.e. twice a year (recommended by professionals) whereas for granite sealing once every two years is sufficient. The actual requirement for resealing depends on how heavily the surface was used and how regularly the stone’s cleaning was done.
Reactivity to Acidic substance: Both natural stones have a porous structure but the metamorphic attributes of marble makes it more porous and therefore marble is easily stained from spills especially from liquids that are acidic in nature like fruit juices and wines. On the other hand, granite is much more resilient towards stains as long as an effective sealant is maintained on the surface liquid spills will not permeate into the surface.
Both imported marbles and granite are beautiful, heavy, hard stones that are available in a wide array of colors, patterns & designs. Both can be used to make beautiful countertops, backsplashes, floor coverings, ceilings and many more. However, both are unique in their own ways. However, you can prefer granite if your kitchen or working space is not being handled by a single individual as it is easy to maintain. You can go ahead with imported marbles if you want a wider selection of colors and patterns to choose from and if you can take care of the imported marbles with proper maintenance and cleanliness.
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