Granite Kitchen Island Countertops

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What is the difference between marble and granite countertops?

I have a marble island in the kitchen (which came with the house) and love it. There is nothing to keep clean. What are the pros and cons between the granite and marble?

But first, the similarities. Both are of stone, makes it difficult, cumbersome and expensive and time consuming to install. Both are natural products, which means there may be variations in color and pattern, and sometimes what you see on the screen is not very close to what you actually get to your destination. Both come in a wide range of colors and patterns. Both can be stained by greasy foods or high color. So both require resealing every once in a while (seems like every year is the usual rule.) Both are relatively resistant to heat, and will not burn (hot pot placed on any type of stone could break, in theory.) They start at $ 60 per square foot installed, but granite can go as high as $ 200 per square foot. However, granite is a lot harder, stronger stone than marble. It is resistant to impacts and scratches better. It is resistant to acids like tomato juice, lemon or vinegar. Marble is simply calcium carbonate, such as chalk, but in a compressed and crystallized. So acids can etch the surface permanently. (And excitement, just like chalk in vinegar.) And the cracks and scratches more easily. Some marbles have very little pattern (some are entirely pure white) for stains and damage are highlighted. Granite often has a complex mottled pattern that hides stains better. So for hard use, granite is a better option. A marble slab or work surface is a traditional pastry, because the cold stone keeps the butter in layers of dough from melting. But polished granite is unlikely to work so well. Practical considerations aside, the marble has a look that is possibly more elegant and luxurious. It has very fine crystals, which create an appearance of snow or slick. And the colors and patterns can be quite dramatic. Granite tends to have larger crystals, perhaps the size of peas or rice grains. This creates a thicker, brighter look. And while granite comes in a range of colors and designs that range is probably lower than for marble. So most people seem to recommend granite for hard use areas like countertops. The marble is a high-maintenance, less durable and expensive. Their only advantage may be in appearance, but that depends on the taste of the owner and the general style kitchen. But just FYI, there is no alternative is even stronger than granite, and is the quartz or "engineered stone." It is made of quartz dust on merging fire very high. Unlike granite, which resists stains and does not need sealing. It comes in models and colors that mimic granite very closely, but it is totally predictable and more uniform than real stone (which can be good or bad, depending on your taste.) also comes in colors and patterns not found in nature, like bright blue. It costs about the same as marble or granite. Good luck! Do not forget to seal your marble countertop! You can get sealants on any store like Home Depot. And keep acidic foods away from home.

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