Stone countertops are quickly becoming the standard for countertop material, and it is easy to see why. Over the last decade, stone countertops (Both granite and marble), have come down greatly in price, making them much more affordable, and greatly opened up the market to the regular consumer to consider installing in their kitchen. Both granite and marble have their own unique properties, bringing together both their own pros and cons for each material. The following will look at each material more in depth, exploring both their pros and cons.
Granite is a porous, natural solid stone surface, which comes in large slab sizes, and each cut of granite is unique and individual among itself. Unique cuts of stone are one of the main reasons why people love granite, because they know that even if other countertops are similar, they’ll never be an exact match to the one they have in their house. Also, granite is a naturally cold surface, which makes it great for kneading dough and other baking needs right on the countertop, since it will always be cold to the touch. One last thing is that since it is a solid top, the surface is very durable, making it hard to scratch and damage from regular usage.
With its perks, granite has some downfalls as well. Since every slab is unique, you may spend a lot of time choosing a granite slab you’ll like (one that has proper fleck, veining, etc.), and can turn into a tedious process if you have to keep returning to find the perfect slab. Also, granite being a porous surface, it required treatment (sealing), to prevent staining and discolouration. When you first get your granite installed, you’ll receive a treatment bottle, which must be used 2 – 4 times a year to keep your granite in pristine condition, otherwise your granite may become discoloured, damaged, or stained from regular usage.
Marble is a natural, very light and bright limestone, with different characteristics then that of granite. Marble is always light in colour and finish, something that makes smaller, darker rooms look inviting and large, while making larger, brighter rooms look elegant and warm. Also, Marble has a different feel to it, due to it being a limestone, that feels very nice to the touch.
The elegant pros of Marble are often weighed down by its cons however, at least when considering using marble as a countertop in the kitchen. Since marble is a natural limestone, it can easily be affected through chemical reactions, mostly of which can be found, and often used, in your kitchen. Acids (Vinegars, citrus), and bases (egg whites, draino) are things that could severely discolour and damage a marble countertop. Due to this, marble materials are generally used as flooring options, bathroom vanities, and tiling for walk in showers.
Stone countertops have grown immensely in popularity over the last few years, and are often the normal in newer kitchens and bathrooms. The price of stone varies depending on its grade. The grade of a stone reflects directly to the rarity of a stone, the more common the stone, the less it will cost, the rarer it is, the more expensive it will be. For more information, visit our stone supplier’s website here, or ask the team at Handcrafted Wood Furniture & Kitchens if you have any questions about Granite or Marble countertops.