Kitchen and bathroom countertops add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your home. They are not only durable, but also provides ample space to work and keep things. They also work as a focal point or connecting point, where wood cabinets meet the tile wall.
The material you choose for your kitchen countertop will largely depend on your budget and taste. Granite and marble are the most popular choices for kitchen and bathroom countertops. If you are not sure whether to choose granite or marble for your countertops, comparing the two can help you make an informed choice. Though both of them are natural stones, each has its own pros and cons which need consideration. Before deciding on the material it is important to consider factors like the degree of hardness, ability to resist stains, durability, longevity and the lifestyle of your family.
Here are certain factors which can help you decide whether to choose a marble or granite countertops:
– Stain and Scratch Resistance – Granite is a very hard and non-porous stone which makes it highly resistant to scratches and staining. It makes an ideal material for a kitchen countertop. You can cut things on a granite with a knife or a blade, without scratching it. Granite has little porosity, therefore spilled liquids leave no stains after they are wiped away. Marble is a softer and more porous stone than granite, which makes it susceptible to scratches from sharp objects and stains from watery or oily liquids. You can apply a sealer to mobile countertops which will act as a barrier to liquids, making them less likely to stain after spills.
– Cracking or Chipping – Natural granite has a crystalline structure and can crack or chip when it comes in contact with high impact blows from a hard and sharp object. Chipping or cracking is unlikely under ordinary kitchen use and daily routine use will not over stress this durable and hard stone.
Natural marble is a softer material than granite, therefore it is more prone to chips and cracks when used frequently.
– Ease of Maintenance – Both marble and granite countertops offer a luxurious and sophisticated look. Both of them are easy to clean and maintain. A granite countertop can be sealed to provide an additional layer of protection. Use a quality sealant to seal marble countertops, which will increase their life by 10 to 15 years. For everyday cleaning, use a clean and damp cloth.
– Heat and Chemical Damage – Granite is naturally resistant to heat, chemicals and other acidic substances. Marble is also heat resistant, but you should avoid putting a heated pan directly on its surface.
Granite and marble both make excellent materials for kitchen and bathroom countertops. You should buy a countertop only from an authorized store.