Natural stones are a true work of art created by Mother
Earth herself; no wonder granite and marble slabs are popular with GTA
homeowners. Each slab of granite and marble is a genuine masterpiece and no two
pieces are ever the same, giving natural stones such as these their respective
exclusivity and acclaim. Whether used as a countertop in the kitchen or a
vanity in the bathroom, a granite and marble slab can be cut out into multiple
shapes and styles but which natural stone is best? Ultimately, GTA homeowners
have to make the subjective decision for themselves, since beauty is in the eye
of the beholder. Read on to learn the differences between a granite and marble
slab and how they each can add value to GTA homes.
Granite is commonly the favourable choice among GTA
homeowners for kitchen countertops, vanities and other areas of high use
because of its long-lasting durability and unique natural appearance that
blends well with modern accents. Each
granite slab has a unique pattern making it a true piece of art, though other
slabs of the same colour can be found for continuity in the home. One of the
hardest natural stones, granite is great for high-use areas and requires little
Granite is very dense and therefore extremely hard and
durable. It is an igneous stone found
underneath the Earth where it started out as magma that cooled down and
experienced an intense amount of pressure over a long amount of time, similar
to diamonds. And just like diamonds, granite is extremely hard and strong. They say the darker the granite, the harder
it is. Because of its strength and durability, granite is a great choice in for
kitchen countertops or vanities. Granite is also a popular choice for flooring applications
in commercial buildings that experience high foot traffic. If durability and longevity is preferred,
granite is definitely the way to go.
Marble is historically known for its luxurious, elegant and
timeless beauty. It is one of the most
highly regarded of the natural stones strictly for its beauty and classic look.
Though not as hard as granite, marble is used in everything from ancient
statues to modern kitchens. Like most soft and beautiful objects, marble
requires more maintenance than granite and is usually chosen for beauty over
The Beauty of Marble
The glimmering beauty of marble is a result of millions of
years of the metamorphism of natural minerals such as limestone or dolomite.
The metamorphic rock results in a shimmery mosaic of crystals and when
impurities such as clay or iron oxides join the mineral composition, colourful
swirls and veins are produced. Like granite, every slab of marble is a truly a
unique work of art and there are no two pieces that are alike. Though
beautiful, marble is a softer stone and best used for its beauty over its
durability, hence the reason why it was so popular with ancient sculptors. The
use of marble slab for counter space in the kitchen and through the home will
surely catch the eyes of guests but will require constant maintenance and
sealing over its lifespan.
Ultimately, it is up to GTA homeowners to decide for
themselves which is best; what characteristics and possibilities they like best
in granite and marble slabs.