Marble and granite are both one-of-a-kind, beautiful and highly sought-after surfacing materials, each having its distinct attributes and characteristics. This often makes it a difficult choice for designers, architects and homeowners alike on which natural stone to choose for their creations and most importantly, where to use them? So, what exactly is the marble and granite difference? Let’s find out.
GRAND ANTIQUE NOIR (MARBLE)
Getting to know marble and granite.
Marble, a metamorphic rock, is formed over millions of years when limestone is subjected to extreme heat and pressure caused by the tectonic movement of the Earth’s crust. Whereas, granite is an intrusive igneous rock that derives from the crystallization of the lava. Both of these being naturally derived stones are porous. This means they can easily absorb liquids deep into their surface, making them prone to staining and etching. Granite being slightly harder and less porous than marble, both offer reasonably sufficient durability. Let’s read further to know them in detail.
How to differentiate the two natural stones?
The easiest way to find the difference between marble and granite is primarily their visual impact. Marble has a homogeneous surface, with more or less thin veins that can vary in colour and intensity, while granite can be recognised by its dense grain composition.
The origin of their names, further help us identify them. For instance, marble derives from the ancient Greek "màrmaros" meaning ‘shining stone’ while granite comes from the Latin "granum", with a clear reference to ‘grain’ as a small entity.
LUSSO MACCHIATO (GRANITE)
Marble and granite have a slightly similar appearance; however, upon close examination, you can detect specific differences. The natural colour variations that appear in both marble and granite differ between these two stones. Granite colour variations generally appear as flecking throughout the stone, whereas marble colour variations resemble colourful veins that swirl through the stone.
Comparing marble and granite from an expert's eye.
The key elements in making a due comparison between these two natural stones are properties such as compressive strength, level of absorption and level of shine post polishing.
OMBIANCA FLOOR (MARBLE)
AMAZONITE KITCHEN COUNTERTOP
If we compare marble and granite from their strength or hardness point of view, granite is certainly a harder stone. Marble, on the contrary, features a lower hardness level that allows this material to be used with great versatility. Unlike granite, natural marble has a higher level of absorption- making it unsuitable to be used in certain applications. Also, it is important to know that marble is not suitable with external agents and acidic substances.
However, most marble give a much better shine post polishing as compared to granites.
Where to use granite?
Granite's superior hardness and durable nature makes it a suitable choice for kitchen countertops, bar counters or even granite floors. Granite kitchen counters will show minimal scuffing or discolouration from everyday household activities. Because of its great resistance against external elements, granite can also be used outdoors or in public spaces. Granite kitchen counters can be opted for both interiors as well as exterior or outdoor open kitchen spaces. We recommend the Biancanero Super Extra Gold for a truly extraordinary kitchen countertop.
BIANCANERO KITCHEN COUNTERTOP (GRANITE)
Where to use Marble?
Marble can give any space a unique and one-of-a-kind aesthetic. This natural stone works great for surfaces that will be not see a lot of rough or repetitive use. It is also a suitable choice for those who are willing to put in the maintenance work and do not mind if their surfaces develop a bit of character over time.
Marble is more appropriate in areas with less traffic, like bathrooms or bedrooms. Here, it can be used for vanities, decorative accents, tub decks, shower walls and as always, for a classic marble flooring. We suggest choosing the Bronze Amani which is curated from Spain for a luxurious and calming bedroom space.
Bronze Amani highlight wall.
Marble when compared to granite, shows lower hardness. This, however, works to its advantage, making a go-to material that is versatile enough for different processes like sculpting, brushing, tumbling and antiquing. This is proven by the fact that marble has always been the preferred choice of artisans and master craftsmen that have crafted and immortalised many marble sculptures throughout history. When it comes to areas to avoid, kitchen countertops made in marble are best avoided unless treated using The Quarry Densification Process. Marble is highly prone to suffering damage from basic kitchen tasks such as cutting and constant contact with hot pans or dishes.
Maintaining these extraordinary natural stones.
As mentioned earlier, both marble and granite are porous, hence they absorb spilled liquids causing staining. The Quarry Densification process can help prevent staining and etching on both marble and granite, but it is always best to wipe up problematic spills as quickly as possible.
Our expert curators and highly skilled The Quarry Projects team can assist you with the application process from start to finish.
Your final choice depends on the design details.
Certainly, it is a matter of taste if you choose marble or granite for your home since they are both excellent and valuable products. Generally, marble exhibits more shine than granite. At the same time granite is recommended for sturdier applications like table tops, kitchen counters, bathrooms and more.
LUSSO MACCHIATO HIGHLIGHT WALL (GRANITE)
GRAND ANTIQUE NOIR & CARRARA BATHROOM(MARBLE)
We suggest you to keep all the above points in mind while selecting the right natural stone for your design needs. Our curators would love to discuss all options with you in person. We invite you to The Quarry Gallery and The Quarry CO:LAB to touch, feel, see and experience for yourself our breathtaking collection of the rarest and finest, 100% natural marble and granite curated from the best quarries in the world. May we book your appointment, today?