While many people mistake granite for marble and vice versa, they are very different types of natural stone used in many types of construction, including for countertops, tiles, floors and even as structural building materials.
To get started in understanding the difference in marble and granite countertops, it is first important to understand the differences in the stone itself. This understanding helps to clarify why one option may be a better choice for your MN home renovation or new home construction.
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Marble and granite are both found deep in the earth and are quarried in slabs. Granite is found in a greater number of locations, but each location offers a unique type of granite in relation to color and pattern.
Marble is formed through the accumulation of calcium carbonate, which is a relatively soft material compared to other minerals and stone types. Granite is formed from silica, which is similar to quartz and is crystalline in nature. Granite is naturally harder and denser than marble.
Both marble and granite countertops should be sealed to help in eliminating the risk of staining. With marble, the sealer is also important to prevent etching, which is a type of marking that can be easily caused by even short duration exposure to water, acids or most types of readily available kitchen cleaning products.
The structure of granite makes it more resistant to staining, and with the addition of the sealant, it is very durable. In busy kitchens where daily food preparation is a factor, the choice of granite countertops is often recommended over marble due to its easier maintenance and upkeep requirements.
It is also important to realize that granite comes in a much wider variety of colors. This is often an important consideration for MN homeowners, particularly when more patterning and darker or more vibrant colors are important.
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