Granite Versus Marble Worktops

Granite and marble are two of the most popular choices when it comes to stone worktops.

As natural and porous stone materials, they have very similar properties, both good and bad, from their beautiful appearance to their need for care and maintenance.

In this article we’re going to take a deeper look into a few of these similarities.

But first – a little bit more about how these materials came into being.

Granite is a light-coloured igneous rock which is composed from a combination of compressed quartz and feldspar, as well as amphiboles, mica and some other materials.

Marble, a metamorphic rock, is formed from recrystallised carbon, which arises from the heat and intense pressure on limestone caused by the shifting of tectonic plates.

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Strength & durability

Provided they are sealed correctly every one to two years, marble and granite worktops are both very durable.
If not sealed properly, the porous nature of these materials will allow liquids to penetrate and stain the stone.
Due to its formation process, granite boasts greater strength than marble.

This extra toughness means that it is more resistant to scratches and chips.

Both granite and marble are also resistant to high temperatures, although caution is advised when handling hair straighteners in the bathroom or hot frying pans in the kitchen.

Appearance

One of the main reasons why granite and marble worktops are so popular – and have been for centuries – is that, quite frankly, the look beautiful.

Being natural stones, this beauty is entirely down to their formation process.

Marble is ablush with inter-threading veins, from dark blue to rosy red depending on the colour of the marble, and granite is characterised by speckles of colour, or grains, in a variety of medium-to-dark hues, from pink and red to blue, green and orange.