What is The Difference Between Marble and Granite?

Comparing marble and granite will assist you in deciding which stone to use in your building or renovation project.

Granite and marble are both beautiful options for countertops. Granite has grains that are very defined that appear as specks that vary in color, so a granite slab might contain a variety of hues – blue, green, orange, pink, red, gold, silver, typically in medium to dark shades. The “pattern” in marble is usually larger. The color tends to be fairly consistent with veins running through it that concentrate the color.

Granite is harder than marble, so it is more resistant to chips and scratches. Both materials are heat resistant, though caution should be used with hot pots and pans in the kitchen or hot hair tools in the bathroom. Beauty is subjective, of course. You must come see the full slabs of marble and granite slabs to make the determination of which material you find to be more attractive.

Both marble and granite countertops are quite durable. Granite and marble are porous, so without a seal, liquids will penetrate and stain. International Stone Gallery seals all of its slabs prior to installation. Marble is especially vulnerable to acidic foods and liquids, so be very careful to keep all acids off the marble or to clean up immediately after contact. Marble is moderate to high maintenance. The care involved is keeping it sealed, avoiding acidic materials and wiping up spills quickly. Sealing is a very easy process. It’s a spray-on liquid, used in the same manner as if you were cleaning your countertop. If you are willing to provide more maintenance in return for the elegance and lasting, lasting beauty of natural stone, then consider marble over granite. Either one will take your kitchen or bathroom to the next level of luxurious living.