Marble and granite are two popular natural stones and have been an important part of the construction industry for a long time. Both have their advantages in terms of appearance, durability, texture, etc. Although there are more similarities than differences between the two materials, we will see throughout the article which are the main points of difference.
Granite vs. Marble
Hardness and longevity: Granite is relatively harder and stronger than marble. It is especially known to be the most durable natural stone. It is heat-resistant and can easily withstand hot-water contact, making it perfect for building kitchen countertops. On the other hand, marble is susceptible to discoloration and destruction when it comes into contact with substances that can cause it damage (acids, various foods, etc.). Unlike stains that can be removed if cleaned rapidly, a damaged marble left without maintenance will unlikely regain its original shine. This is an almost irreversible process and a major drawback of marble, therefore maintenance is of major importance for this material.
Acid Reactivity: Both natural stones have a porous structure, but the metamorphic attributes of marble make it even more porous. Marble can therefore easily get recolored when it comes into contact with various substances, especially acidic liquids, such as fruit juices and wines. Granite is more resistant to stains, especially if the surface leakage is quickly removed and the substance does not penetrate the material. It has the capacity to look as good as new!
Appearance: We can affirm that, at a first glance, aspect is the main difference between the two natural stones, marble and granite being quite different look-wise. In the structure of granite, minerals of a size of several millimeters can be seen and its color often ranges from gray to blue, red or even yellow. Marble, on the other hand has a gray or cream color with darker nervures running all over its surface. These marble “veins” are usually created due to impurities such as iron oxide.
Applications: The durable quality of granite makes it a suitable material for kitchen countertops and halls, where there is plenty of movement, whereas marble is more suitable for areas where there is less traffic, such as bathrooms, giving them a brilliant appearance.
Cost: Granite and marble require in most cases assembling by professionals, as the plates are very heavy and need careful handling. The approximate cost for a marble or granite plate can range from 50 up to 100 Euros, but granite is generally cheaper than marble. If you are planning to purchase one of these two materials, you should know that the actual price will always depend on the quality of the stone, the complexity of its assembly, and the style of the plates.
Formation: Granite as opposed to marble is a volcanic rock that, as it gets colder, it causes the rock that emerges from this process to be very tough. Granite is formed at great depths, after the magma that comes to the surface crystallizes other rocks, then it cools down. Marble on the other hand is a sedimentary rock which, being subjected to pressure and high temperatures, solidifies and strengthens. Unlike granite, marble is more porous, but it also has a brighter look.
Both marble and granite are unique building materials and can be a very important investment when you decide to run a construction work using one of two alternatives. If you are in doubt about the advantages, differences and individual characteristics of the two materials, let our team of experts from BrownStone be your guide in taking the right steps to choose which of the two is right for you. With 18 years of experience at a national and European level in luxury construction and other construction services, BrownStone is definitely a trustworthy choice for you!