Choosing Between Marble And Granite
This article will share a bit more information about marble and granite to help you choose a material for your next kitchen or bathroom renovation!
What is marble?
Marble is a metamorphic rock which is made from recrystallised carbonate minerals.
Metamorphic rocks are created when other types of rocks are exposed to tremendous heat and pressure under the earth.
Most marble is created by limestone or dolomite rock being exposed to a huge amount of pressure combined with heat.
The carbonate mineral grains in the original stone are reshaped to form an interlocking mosaic of carbonate crystals.
The end result is a very beautiful and smooth natural stone that humans find very attractive.
The colour of marble will vary based upon its source material.
Pure white marble usually comes from limestone that is low in silicate.
Some of the materials that can affect the colour of marble include sand, iron oxides, clay, and silt.
There are almost twenty notable varieties of marble which have a very distinctive appearance.
• Pentelic marble from Greece (pure white and fine-grained)
• Carrara marble from Italy (white or blue-gray)
• Sienna marble from Sienna, Italy (yellow with violet, red, blue or white veins)
• Etowah marble from Georgia, United States (various hues of pink)
• Parian marble from Greece (pure white and fine-grained)
• Swedish green marble (green)
The characteristics of marble have made it a popular material with artists and builders for thousands of years.
Many of the world’s most famous sculptures and buildings are made from marble because it is so beautiful and easy to work with.
It is a stunning material that remains very popular today.
Marble is a fairly soft natural rock that can be shaped and carved easily.
The downside of its softness is that marble is easier to scratch compared to some other rocks.
Marble also has a higher level of permeability, which means it can stain more easily compared to other types of stone.
What is granite?
Granite is an igneous rock that has been formed under intense pressure and heat.
It is created by volcanic activity and extremely hot magma flows beneath the earth that are capable of melting and combining minerals.
Granite can consist of various minerals including feldspar, mica, quartz, and hornblend.
The minerals contained within each piece of granite will determine its colour.
The most common colours for granite include pink, white, grey and black.
Granite’s name comes from the Latin word granum, which means a grain.
It received this name because of the coarse grains that it contains.
It is an extremely strong and durable stone, which makes it useful in many parts of the home.
Choosing a stone based on appearance
Marble and granite are both beautiful natural stones.
The type of stone you choose will come down to personal preference and the design aesthetic of your home.
Marble has a classic look with a fine grain, veins of colour, and subtle patterns.
Granite will usually have a lot more going on, with specks of different colours and a busier pattern.
Granite is available in many more colours than marble, including grey, yellow-gold, taupe, peach, brown, off-white, and blue-grey.
Most marbles are white, grey, yellow or black.
This can make it more versatile and usable in homes with different design styles.
Both stones can be polished, brushed, or honed to change their appearance.
Choosing a stone based on durability
Granite is much harder than marble.
It is scratch resistant, heat-resistant, and will not react adversely to most cleaning products.
Marble is more likely to scratch, chip or be stained by vinegar, citrus, or chemical cleaning products.
The durability of granite makes it a superior choice for worktops in high traffic areas like kitchens.
Homeowners don’t have to constantly worry about spills staining their worktop or children chipping the worktop by banging plates around the sink.
Some homeowners love the look of marble so much that they still use it throughout the kitchen.
This is completely fine, as long as you are willing to care for it by regularly having it re-sealed and being careful about what is placed on the worktop.
Marble is often used in bathrooms, where there are less heavy, hot, and caustic substances.
Choosing a stone based on maintenance
When used as worktops, both stones will benefit from annual re-sealing.
This protects the surfaces from substances that may cause stains.
If chips do occur, they can be filled in with colour-matched epoxy resin.
Choosing a stone based on price
Both granite and marble are more expensive than other types of natural stone.
Their incredible beauty makes both granite and marble highly sought-after materials.
Marble is the more expensive of the two materials, although you can sometimes obtain cheap marble tiles.
While both granite and marble are expensive, they are an excellent investment in your home because they will increase its value.
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