MARBLE VERSUS GRANITE FOR YOUR PROJECT
So you have decided you want a beautiful natural stone for your interior project and have narrowed it down to the old favourites marble and granite. Now comes the more difficult question of which of these natural stones is right for this project? That all depends on your lifestyle and some other factors, outlined below, which should be taken into consideration.
Resistance to Staining & Scratching
Granite is typically a very hard, nonporous stone which means it’s quite resistant to scratching and staining in even the busiest of kitchens. If you cut on a granite bench with a knife you are running the risk of making your knife blunt rather than scratching the granite surface. The nonporous nature of granite means that once a spilled liquid has been cleaned up there is practically zero chance of any stain being left. It is still recommended that a sealant is used to treat granite every 1-2 years.
Marble on the other hand is a softer and more porous stone meaning the opposite of the above can be true. Marble is certainly more susceptible to scratches from sharp kitchen knives than granite and can also become stained from watery or oily liquid spills. However, a good quality sealant, applied twice per year, can protect your marble benchtops from stains as it forms a barrier on the stone.
Marble is often considered the most beautiful and luxurious natural stone. It’s synonymous with elegance and sophistication and will attract compliments from any visitor who sees it. Each slab of marble has its own nuances, texture and veining making it the perfect natural stone for anyone who values the beauty in something wholly unique.
Granite shows its true beauty when highly polished. Granite can have a ‘glittering’ effect due to the presence of lighter coloured minerals such as Quartz mixed with darker mineral tones. Granite can have a more uniform appearance than marble however we also have granite slabs here at Euro Marble which are unique in their own right.
Both stones are very popular here at Euro Marble for many reasons including their aesthetic appeal and how robust they are. The important thing to remember is that regardless of what stone you choose for your interior project, it must be sealed to protect it from heat, stains and chemical damage to keep it pristine in the long term (check out our blog article on taking care of your natural stone here: link). It also depends on the area you will be using the stone, for example will it be the kitchen, bathroom, hallway or outdoors? Here at Euro Marble we can talk through your individual project and make recommendations based on your needs. Call us or drop into our Sydney showroom today to see our full, extensive range of beautiful natural stone!
Costa is head of sales and marketing at Euro Marble and enjoys writing informative and engaging articles related to the natural stone industry