When it comes to choosing the materials for your new kitchen or bathroom countertops, there are several types of stone to compare. Some of the most popular stones for countertops are granite and marble. Both can be beautiful additions to a home or office, but one may be better suited for your needs. Let’s take a look at the difference between granite countertops and marble countertops so you can determine which one is right for you.
Resistance to Scratching
Marble is more porous than granite, making it “softer” than the other stone. As a result of this softness, marble is more vulnerable to scratching than granite is. Both stones can get scratched over time, but it is much easier to scratch the surface of a marble countertop than it is a granite countertop. Of course, both options are more durable than laminate countertops, so you will still be making a wise investment no matter what stone you go with.
Resistance to Stains
Once again, marble is more at risk of staining due to its porous nature. The surface of the marble acts like a sponge, with the potential to soak up liquids that you may spill on accident. This will not happen often if the stone is properly sealed, but it is something to watch out for if you have children or you do a lot of activities on your countertops. Dark granite is denser than light granite, so that will give you the best stain resistance possible.
Marble tends to be a little more expensive than granite, which is a disadvantage when you see the strength and durability of granite. With that said, there are some styles of granite that are hard to source and work with. Those may end up being more expensive than marble. The best way to find out which stone is going to work with your budget is to get a quote from one of our countertop installation experts in New Jersey.
Both stones are available in a wide range of colors, so you can get the look you want no matter what you choose. Here at East Coast Granite in Hackensack, NJ, we have a variety of granite countertops, marble countertops, and quartz countertops to select from. Most of these stones are neutral so they can fit into any style home or office. If you want something unique, we also have specialty stones and hard-to-find countertops that are truly one of a kind. To learn more about our services or to get a free quote for your granite or marble countertop installation, call us at (201) 951-1457. We look forward to hearing from you!