Besides the fact that they are both natural stones and can be polished, they are otherwise very different. Marble is generally a calicoes stone, formed from oceanic deposits and then compressed under pressure (metamorphosed). Granite, however, is an igneous rock, essentially molten magma, which is cooled and then hardened below the earth’s surface.
Granite qualifies as impervious to water and is actually less absorbent than some solid surface (plastic) products. Granite is commonly used as building material for high-rise buildings due to its ability to withstand gale force winds and rain.
Granite counters are resistant to stains. Generally, any liquid spilled on a granite top, if wiped up within a few minutes, will not stain. However, even water can soak into a granite countertop and leave a dark colored spot but this will evaporate in minutes. Liquids that do not evaporate, such as oils will cause stains if left to soak into the stone. The potential for stain is why we recommend the lifetime guarantee sealant on the granite.
Most stains can be removed from granite counters. Even oil stains can usually be removed using a poultice or paste that will draw out the oil from the stone.
Routine cleaning of your countertops with mild soap and water is all that is generally required. If you are interested in additional cleaning techniques or wondering if you're countertop should be resealed, please contact us.
While this may be true of marble, granite will shine years from now just as if it was brand new. Granite counters are highly scratch resistant and will not show wear from daily use.
Granite counters are heat resistant and can withstand the heat of hot pots and pans without damage. Impact from a heavy object may chip granite but heat from anything short of a blowtorch will not affect your countertop.
Granites are composed of a variety of minerals, each of which has specific performance properties. The hardest mineral commonly found in granite is quartz, which is normally a somewhat translucent, white to grey colored mineral.
Bacteria are found everywhere. If it is on a granite countertop, then it can also be found on a laminate or solid surface top. Use an anti-bacterial soap to wash your countertop if you are concerned. Also, the sealant coating your countertop, will prevent bacteria to grow in pores and fissures as pores and fissures are protected by the sealant.
Granite counters are usually competitively priced compared to other high-end surfacing materials. You will be amazed when you compare the price of granite to other popularly famed “luxury surfaces”. Granite offers you an unmatched value with its natural beauty, elegance and longevity.