Marble vs. Granite Countertops: Which One to Choose?
The kitchen or bathroom countertops are out of many things that require careful consideration while we install them in our homes. In order to make sure that we choose just the right material for the countertops, it is important to know their differences.
Different home construction companies use dissimilar materials for kitchen and bathroom countertops, with their specific reasons to choose. When choosing between the popular materials, many homeowners prefer the look of natural stone.
Granite is a popular choice for modern traditional houses whereas marble is synonymous with luxury and is mostly installed in high-end homes. Let’s take a look at the difference between marble and granite, which are the two most popular materials for kitchen countertops.
The appearance of both the marble and granite is good, however, the aesthetic difference between the two is completely a matter of taste. The best thing about granite is it is available in a number of colors and design patterns. However, if we ask the marble lovers, they would praise its elegance and veining, which can be easily recognized. The most popular shades of marble include white and black.
When it comes to durability, the granite is usually cited as the most durable countertop material available in the market. Another good thing about granite is it resists the cracks and chips really well. The hot pots can be placed on granite countertops without any worries, while vegetables/meat or anything can be cut directly on granite countertops. In contrast, the marble countertop is extremely durable; the only difference is its more porous than granite and can get stained easily.
Maintenance and Repairs:
With proper annual re-sealing, the granite becomes more resistant to stains as compared to marble. Minor scratches or dings in granite can be filled with color-matching epoxy or resin, which are easily available at local sanitary and home fittings stores. However, to fill the cracks that are bigger than an ice cube, you should hire the services of a professional. Alike granite, minor damage to marble can also be repaired.
Installation and Affordability:
With the assistance of a professional contractor or construction company in Pakistan, you can install marble and the granite in your abode. Both these materials are extremely heavy and tough to handle. Moreover, to cut the holes for sink or other sanitary fittings, specialized equipment is required and professionals have it with at all times. So, it’s better to opt for a professional than doing it yourself.
Pakistan being a country rich in natural resources, has both marble and granite. It is for this reason the prices of these stones are cheaper in the country as compared to the other parts of the world. So choosing between the two is completely a matter of personal taste for the homeowners.