Homeowners have many choices when it comes to building materials for kitchens, baths, outdoor spaces, bars, and other rooms in the house. There are many factors to consider when looking at countertop options, including your specific needs and personal design tastes, as well as characteristics like strength, maintenance, the price tag, and longevity. We’ve provided this comparison guide on granite versus marble to assist you as you’re making choices for your home renovation projects.
Granite is an ideal option for homeowners looking for strength and durability, with the timeless elegance of a natural building material. With proper cleaning and regular application of a suitable sealant, it can handle normal wear and tear, and is resistant to scratches and stains.
Granite countertops are also highly resilient when exposed to high heat, so it’s suitable for installation near the cooktop or in a bathroom where hair appliances are used.
While it’s a natural product, granite is available in a range of colors and textures. Every slab is unique, appealing to those seeking a high-end, individual look.
If you’re looking for spectacular, sophisticated appeal, a marble countertop may be the right choice for you. It’s an igneous stone, meaning that it derives from solidified lava, so marble offers a stunning display of color – from classic neutrals to shades of rose, gold, gray, sage, and yellow.
For applications where high heat will be present, marble is resistant and stands up to pots and pans. Many homeowners choose it for fireplace surrounds because it won’t discolor over time.
You may have concerns about installing marble due to its porous nature; it’s even more porous than granite and will absorb liquids, so oil, wine, juices, and acids will penetrate quickly. The stains can be difficult, if not impossible, to remove.
There are sealants that can prevent liquids from absorbing, but it’s necessary to apply upon installation and every year or so. While marble is quite durable, it may not work well in busy kitchens where it can be scratched by knives or chipped by heavy pots.
Contact Southward Contracting
The design experts here at Southward Contracting can help you decide which countertop surface if right for you. Contact us today at 541-815-3827 or use our contact form to schedule a consultation.