The choice between marble and granite depends on the aesthetic effects you want to achieve and how much use or abuse the stone will be subjected to. Although both are natural stones and quarried from the earth, granite and marble (and marble’s relatives – limestone, onyx and travertine) are very different from each other. The greatest difference between granite and marbles lies in their porosity, softness and durability.
This stone is among the most elegant and luxurious of stones. Marble’s beauty will last for generations and is versatile enough for use throughout the home in such places as fireplace surrounds, ornamental furnishings, walls, flooring, and bathrooms. Marble especially stands out in the bath. It can be applied on almost every surface, including vanities, shower walls, tub decks and flooring.
Given that marble is more susceptible to staining by many foods, spilled liquids and other household materials, we do not recommend their use for kitchen countertops. Softer and more porous than granite, marble is more suitable for less-trafficked, formal areas.
Born from molten magma, granite is a much more durable and functional stone than marble. Granite’s crystalline structure is far more resistant to abrasions, staining and discoloration than most marbles. Denser and stronger than all natural stones, granite is an excellent choice for high traffic areas where class and style is desired.
Granite feels at home in a country farm house as well as a modern high rise. The variety of colors and textures are traits that set granite apart from the rest. This remarkable stone is ideal for kitchen countertops, accent islands, bar tops, dining tables, flooring- the options are endless!
A denser more crystalline material. Made from intense heat and pressure, similar to granite, but with a longer process. Quartzite is all the new rage for natural stone lovers that like the marble style but don’t want the delicacy. Quartzite is a great product for kitchens, baths, islands, bars, etc. Usually with tones of grey, green and taupe. Layered and almost lace like in pattern, Quartzite has recently grown in popularity due to its simplicity and elegance. Quartzites are considered to be exotic stone and more costly than granites and marbles.
A blend of 85-93% natural stone that is grounded and mixed with added aggregate, industrial epoxy, colors, etc. Quartz is man-made product that is made from a mold. They were originally designed to be solid in color, light and even to mimic the look of marble. Quartz is the perfect product for someone who wants no maintenance and is looking for something plain, simple and white. Quartz lends to the more modern/contemporary styles in its designs.
Examples of Quartz Makers: Master Quartz, Cambria, Silestone, Caesarstone, MSI, Wilson Art, Pompeii, Dakota, LG Viatera, and many many more.
There are basically two styles of granite slabs – consistent and variegated. While many pieces of stone fall somewhere between these two categories, it is still useful to be able to differentiate between the categories.
Consistent granite contains the same pattern throughout the slab. Of course, in a natural material you will always have a few areas with inclusions of feldspar or mica, “breaks in the pattern.” Consistent granite slabs are easier to join with seams. For the most part, any fabricated piece can fit next to another fabricated piece without losing a sense of flow or continuity.
Variegated slabs are those with movement or veining and are a favorite of many due to their uniqueness and personality. Veining will have a swirling pattern in the slab, predominantly of a different color or a group of varying colors quite different than the rest of the slab. Variegated slabs offer the advantage of allowing your kitchen to become a unique, one of a kind showpiece.