There are significant differences between marble countertops and granite countertops. However, achieving the right look and ultimately making the best choice will depend in large part on the aesthetic effects you want to achieve. The amount of abuse or use the countertop will endure will also factor into your decision.
Even though both types are natural stones quarried from the earth, marble and granite are not the same stone. The major differences are softness, durability and porosity.
The appeal of marble
Many consider marble to be one of the most luxurious and elegant stones today. Marble’s beauty will last for many generations and it is versatile enough to be used as a flooring solution as well as in other area of the home such as in ornamental furnishings, fireplace surrounds and bathrooms.
Marble can be used for shower walls, tub decks and floors and countertops as well. However, marble tends to absorb and can become stained from spilled liquids and moisture from foods or other household materials. For this reason, it is not always recommended for use as a kitchen countertop. Marble is softer and more porous than granite, which makes it ideal for areas that do not need resistance from scratching or staining.
The appeal of granite
Granite is comprised of molten magma and is far more durable than marble. This stone’s crystalline structure is also more resistant to staining, abrasions and discoloration than most types of marble. It is stronger and denser than all other natural stones making it a perfect choice for high traffic areas where style and class are desired. These factors contribute to granite being a perfect choice for use in countertop slabs.
Also keep in mind there are various different types of edges to your granite to further customize a countertop for your home. You can choose from among many beautiful edges to create a dramatic effect in your home. Some of the most common edging options used in granite countertops today include:
- Bull nose
With AA Marble and Granite we work with you through every step of choosing and installing your granite countertop. Bring a sketch of your kitchen countertop layout to our showroom, including measurements to obtain a free quote while browsing our showroom selection.
Contact AA Marble & Granite to learn about our exciting range of quality and durable granite countertop slabs.