Face-off: Granite vs. Marble
Like an ever-expanding universe, the options for a kitchen remodel just keep growing. But if your priorities include long-term appeal and home resale value, start your research with these two classic materials: granite and marble.
Granite and marble are durable and timeless—just ask anyone who has visited centuries-old Egyptian, Greek and Roman landmarks. As natural stone, both materials exhibit a wide range of colors and beautifully unique veining. Every countertop truly will be one-of-a-kind.
Where the two surfaces differ is in hardness. Marble is more porous than granite, making it more vulnerable to staining, knife scratches and chips. Coasters under glasses are advisable. Spills, especially those that are acidic, need quick cleanups to avoid staining and dulling. Most suppliers recommend sealing every 3-6 months. However, its cool surface is excellent for pastry making and its rich, luxurious appearance makes it a popular choice for low-traffic kitchens.
Because of its durability, granite is preferred for more hard-working kitchens. While similar in natural beauty to marble, granite is more resistant to chemicals, acid, heat, chips and scratches. In fact, granite is so hard that it can dull knives, so cutting boards are a must. Its cool surface is also a baker's favorite. While some experts recommend annual sealing, many users have found their granite unchanged for decades without any sealing.
Check back soon for a look at one of today's trendier countertop surfaces: concrete.