Although marble and granite both have smooth, stony surfaces that are durable and classically beautiful, they differ in a number of ways. So if you’re building a new house or remodeling your current home, take your time as you sort through these two viable options. Marble vs. granite for kitchen countertops: which is best? Although we’re pitting these two contenders against one another today in a head-to-head battle, the better question to ask is this: which do you prefer? Because although they each have pros and cons, it is the weight that you give those details that will help you determine which material to choose.
Ready to get started? Let’s examine marble and granite in a little more detail . . .
Marble vs. Granite for Kitchen Countertops
Marble and granite are both undeniably beautiful. These timeless materials will complement any kitchen, and they can add value to your home. Granite has grainy specks in a variety of colors, though these hues are typically on the darker side (brown, blue, green, orange, red, etc). Marble, on the other hand, has a more consistent color with veins running throughout. Both materials are available in a wide variety of colors, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding a slab to match your kitchen.
HARDNESS & DURABILITY
Granite is harder than marble, so it isn’t as likely to chip or scratch. Both materials are heat-resistant, but not heat-proof, so don’t place hot pans or tools on your bare countertop. Because of their porousness, they should also both be sealed regularly (every 1-2 years, typically) to prevent liquids and stains from penetrating the surface. You can expect both materials to last long into the future.
Granite requires moderate maintenance. Stains are a concern and sealing (as we mentioned before) is essential, but it isn’t difficult to keep marble clean and unmarred if you’re somewhat cautious. Light-colored granite, it should be noted, is more prone to staining than dark granite.
Marble, on the other hand, requires moderate to high maintenance. You will need to clean up spills immediately to prevent permanent stains, and etching and dulling are common concerns, especially when acidic foods are involved (marble is not resistant to acidic foods). Even neat freaks will likely have etched or dulled spots on their marble countertops after a few months or years have passed, though you might choose to see beauty in these “flaws.”
Typically, granite is slightly less expensive than marble. However, there are high-end and low-end varieties of both materials, which can make them more affordable. Remember that installation will affect the total cost as well. If your countertop design requires many seams and corners, the price for cutting and installing it will obviously increase.
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