Marble Vs Granite COuntertops
MARBLE AS A COUNTERTOP
Marble is a metamorphic rock, made up of recrystallized carbonate compounds. Though marble is available in a wide range of colors, the classic white marble remains the top-most choice for most homeowners. It is tough to find anything more white than white marble. As a result, marble countertops add a classic and luxurious touch to your space. With the right care and maintenance, they can be your companions forever.
Marble has a timeless quality that one simply can’t resist. The unique, unpredictable veining of the material lends its fine elegance. Over time, marble may develop a patina that helps in creating a lived-in look. Compared to many other materials, marble is strong and damage-resistant too.
Cost: The average cost of marble countertops ranges from $40 to $200 per square foot. The average cost of installation may range from $65 to $95 per square foot.
Like many natural stones, Marble is quite porous and stains easily. It needs to be professionally resealed every few months for long term performance. Acids like lemon and vinegar will etch marble — leaving a white mark behind. Marble is pricey as well.
GRANITE AS A COUNTERTOP
Granite is an igneous rock made of mainly two minerals: quartz and feldspar. Since several homeowners have a preference for a natural stone look, it’s a popular choice for both traditional and modern houses.
Granite is labeled as the most durable natural stone countertop material around. And it’s true. It can resist cracks and chips pretty well. Also, you may place hot pans directly on to the counter, do your cutting on the surface, and even deal with the spills easily by wiping them away quickly. In other words, it’s a blessing in homes with toddlers and young children.
Also, granite is a stunning material. It’s sold in an array of unique colors and patterns too. Explore them in white, red, yellow/gold, brown, tan, grey, blue, and even black for a dramatic impact. Granite counters also come in three basic patterns, namely solid, marble, and speckled.
Cost: Granite is available in a wide cost range that runs between $50 to $200 per square foot.
Granite counters need to be sealed yearly to maintain luster and longevity. Seams may also be visible after you replace a large countertop. Since it’s a natural stone, there are limited color options as compared to quartz. Granite is also relatively expensive.
MAKING THE FINAL CHOICE
Quartz, granite, and marble are easily the most beautiful and functional materials for kitchen and bathroom countertops. All three add their value to your space with their visual presence. But like all things, they have their set of pros and cons. However, with the right care and guidelines, there is no reason why you can’t enjoy your favorite countertop for years.
Added by expert and export team of Bhandari Marble World Kishangarh, Rajasthan