Battle Of The Stones: Granite vs Marble Countertops

Diane Foo Eu LynnMay 10, 2017

 

It’s a stone-cold dilemma when you’re trying to choose between granite and marble countertops. Both of them are gorgeous – so it’s a tough choice. We’re going to introduce you to the pros and cons of these stones from various aspects, so take these facts into serious consideration before you make your final decision.

 

Appearance

 

Granite:

 

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The physical appearance of granite is quite different when compared to marble. Granite comprises a variety of colours because it has different stones melded into it, often quartz or even feldspar. Due to their multiple shades, these stones make every block of granite extremely unique.

 

Marble:

 

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Marble has a variety of colours too. White-grey is the most common type, with dark streaks cutting through the white. You can also find grayish-blue and cream marble slabs in many Malaysian homes. The streaks are a result of mineral impurities over the years.

 

Maintenance

 

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Granite:

 

Most will agree that taking care of granite is much easier when compared to taking care of a marble countertop. Marble and granite are both porous materials which means that you need to always clean up the spills if you have any. Just remember that the effects from spills are a lot less harsh on a granite countertop.

 

Marble:

 

Light-coloured marble countertops are more susceptible to stains compared to granite because of the colour and the fact that they is more porous than granite. Acidic liquids are especially dangerous because they can create stains that can never be removed. However, sealants can help with both the countertops, but you need to be much more careful with marble countertops. For marble, it is recommended that you reseal the countertop twice a year.

 

Stain Removal

 

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Marble countertop / Photo credit: Faith Durand

 

Since both marble and granite can be stained, the biggest difference between these two materials is the severity of the stain. So the safest option would be to wipe the stain off immediately. Some spills will only stain the top surface, making it easier to clean with stain removers but others can seep into the stones and change the chemical materials of the countertop. The bottom line is to be extra careful with both of these types of countertops. For professional help, contact our expert cleaners for fixed, affordable rates!

 

Cost

 

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Granite Countertop / Photo credit: graniteselection.com

 

Granite tops can run from RM50-RM200 or more per square foot, depending on the quality and make of it. This would also include installation. However when compared to marble, even the top-quality granite countertops can’t rival the price of good marble countertops.

Marble has been proven to instill class and luxury and that moniker does not come with a cheap price tag either. Although the cost does vary because of its appearance and the quality of the build, marble is a more expensive choice of material compared to granite.

 

So In A Nutshell… Granite Or Marble?

 

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If you’re looking for durability, affordability and functionality, go for granite. There’s a saying that you’ll ruin your knife before you ruin your granite countertop, which speaks volumes of the surface’s sturdiness. You also have a wide range of stones to choose from, and each lends a different appeal to the overall look and feel of the room. Granite countertops will thrive very nicely in both the kitchen and the bathroom.

 

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Marble countertop / Photo credit: livingroompaintideas.com

 

Marble countertops are pricier and would require a little more maintenance, but on the bright side, they’re effortlessly beautiful and will instantly boost your room’s sophistication. They’re also able to take the heat very well. A hot pan or curling iron won’t damage the surface. They’re fairly simple to clean – mixing warm water and dish soap works well for a quick general wipe, while leaving baking soda and water overnight on the surface has been proven to remove stains.

 

Note Of Caution:

 

However, our expert contractors would recommend going for porcelain marble countertops, and to refrain from having marble countertops in your kitchen. Due to its porous nature and overall structure, marble isn’t as durable as granite and wouldn’t do very well in the kitchen. Knives and other heavy kitchen appliances can easily scratch or chip away at its precious surface. So if you absolutely decide to go for marble, install it in your bathroom.

 

Choosing between these two materials can be tricky, so if you need more professional advice before installing a new countertop, head on over to Kaodim to get in touch with professional interior designers and home contractors.

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