Granite and marble are both beautiful materials in their own right. In fact, a lot of us (myself included) wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the two if they were put in front of us. They may look very similar, but they are actually very different and individual when you look a little deeper. Here’s what sets them apart from each other:
What is Granite?
– Granite was once molten, making it an igneous rock, and formed through cooling deep inside the earth.
– Granite is also Siliceous stone. Which means it is mainly composed of silica. Siliceous stone is very durable and is easy to clean.
– Granite’s crystalline structure makes it more resistant to abrasion, staining, and discolouration.
– It is the strongest of all natural stones.
What is Marble?
– Marble is calcareous stone, meaning it is made mainly from calcium carbonate. This makes it sensitive to acids (including cleaning products and acidic foods).
– Marble requires special alkaline cleaning products to help maintain the natural stone qualities.
– Marble is softer and more porous than granite.
Marble and granite both make for amazing floorings, wall covering, countertops, fireplaces and much more. The stone to choose depends incredibly on your needs from the material and the amount of work you are willing to put into making sure it stays in it’s original high-quality form.
Take a look at some stone flooring tiles to get some inspiration into the kind of material that suits you best.