Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Granite the optimal choice for countertops?
Granite makes a beautiful and strong statement in any home by adding class and vibrancy. Natural stones are mined from around the world and combined to make unique and a nearly endless array of colors and patterns that can transform and enhance any room. That’s why so many home developers and interior designers build and design around the color schemes of the granite selected.
Durability is another factor for selecting granite. Granite is a stone and can withstand extreme temperatures, even a cast iron dutch oven that was just pulled out of the oven. Granite is durable and when properly sealed and cared for can resist stains. An additional benefit of having granite in your home is that it can increase the value of your home.
What's the difference between marble and granite?
Marble and granite countertops have more similarities than differences. Specifically, they are both gorgeous natural stone materials and they both require a significant amount of care. That’s good and the bad.
With some TLC, however, both granite and marble countertops will keep their fantastic looks for decades, elevating the beauty of your kitchen, bathroom, office, laundry area or wet bar.
Let’s get more specific about comparing marble and granite countertops.
Getting to Know Marble and Granite
These are natural stone materials, and both are porous. If you want the technical details, marble is a metamorphic rock formed from recrystallized carbon. It is formed out of limestone that is subjected to intense pressure and heat due to tectonic shifting in the earth’s crust.
On the other hand, granite is an igneous rock composed of grains of compressed quartz, feldspar, mica, and similar materials. This means that granite is slightly harder than marble, but both offer reasonably good durability.
Granite vs. Marble Countertops
Comparing marble and granite head to head in important categories will assist you in deciding which stone to use in your building or renovation project.
Appearance: These are both beautiful options for countertops. Granite shows the grains we mentioned. They appear as specks that are varied in color, so a granite slab might contain a variety of hues – blue, green, orange, pink, red, etc., typically in medium to dark shades.
The “pattern” is larger in marble. The color tends to be fairly consistent with veins running through it that concentrate the color. A gray-blue slab of marble might have darker blue veins; a gray-pink slab might contain veins that are quite rosy-red in color.
Beauty is subjective, of course. Get your eyes on a large number of both marble and granite slabs to make the determination of which material you find to be more attractive.
Hardness and Durability: Granite is harder than marble, so it is more resistant to chips and scratches. Both materials are heat resistant, though caution should be used with hot pots and pans in the kitchen or hot hair tools in the bathroom.
Both marble and granite countertops are quite durable, but ONLY if they are properly sealed every one or two years. Granite and marble are porous, so without a seal, liquids will penetrate and stain.
When the seal fades and is not replaced, these stones can be easily marred by oil, wine, juice and anything acidic. Marble is especially vulnerable to acidic foods and liquids, so be very careful to keep them off the marble or to clean up immediately after contact.
Countertop Maintenance: Most experts agree that granite requires moderate maintenance when compared with solid surface, quartz, laminate, glass or ceramic tile.
Marble is moderate to high maintenance. The care involved is keeping it sealed, avoiding acidic materials and wiping up spills quickly.
If marble and granite are both rocks, why is one more expensive than the other?
The availability, color, uniqueness, and freight determines the price.
Where does Micalline get their granite?
Granite is mined from just about every corner of the globe. Natural stone is mined in India, Brazil, South Africa, Spain, France and even here in the USA. Each area offers a unique beautiful stone with its own characteristics to assure a perfect fit for your home.
Isn't Granite expensive?
Right now the price of natural stone is at an all-time low! With the improvement in mining techniques and better options for shipping, the natural store has seen a dramatic and consistent price drop over the last decade. In today’s market, some of the most exquisite natural stone can be installed for less than engineered. It’s never been a better time to get the beauty and durability of natural stone?
Can natural stone really make a difference in the price of my home?
It is a long known fact that the kitchen and bathroom sell the home. Just watch any home improvement show and that’s where they start when they are planning a remodel building a new home. The right countertop is the show stopper for any home.
Can Granite become stained, scratched, chipped or broken?
Unsealed Granite can absorb stains such as oil, which can ultimately cause dark spots or discoloration. All stone, however, is porous to some extent, but Granite has very little proposity. Most colors will never show stains. Our installers seal the Granite after is installed. Like any solid surface, high impact blows can harm Granite. Because of its crystalline structure, it can chip if subjected to sharp hard objects. Keep the chipped pieces because they are used to repair the countertop.
How much maintenance is required for natural stone?
Granite is a very durable stone. It is also much harder than marble. Granite has been used in the past in the commercial industry. Some of the obvious applications have been panels on the outside of the buildings, walls, and floors of “high-traffic” areas. Granite will withstand almost any element it comes up against including heat and cold. Polished granite should receive the same cleaning care as polished marble, preferably using specially formulated granite cleaner (that we offer) or with a mild soap and water mixture followed by a thorough rinsing and drying with cotton-flannel or chamois.
What kind of warranty comes with natural stone or quartz?
With natural stone, it is really impossible to carry a warranty on the stone itself. The warranty of quartz will vary by supplier.
Quartz carries between 10 to 15-year warranty depending on the vendor. That being said, Micalline stands behind the fabrication and installation of all our products.
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