Do granite and marble slabs work best in GTA kitchens? How do they stack up against each other under
pressure? Read on to find out!
Granite and marble are both natural stones and each have
advantages and disadvantages. Taking into account lifestyle, it can be tough to
decide between granite and marble for kitchen countertops.
Consider these categories when comparing granite and marble slabs
for GTA kitchens to help make the most informed decision.
Stain and Scratching
is a very hard, nonporous stone, making it highly resistant to scratching and
staining. It offers an ideal material for almost any kitchen counter. And because
granite slabs have little porosity, spilled liquids typically leave no stains
after they are wiped away.
is a soft stone that is prone to staining and chipping. Applying a sealer to a marble countertop
provides a barrier to liquids, making them less likely to stain after spills
are wiped clean. Alternatively, marble can be used as an accent in the kitchen
instead of an entire countertop.
If a hot
pan is placed directly onto a granite countertop, it will typically have no
marring effect, such as melting or burn marks. Granite is naturally resistant
to chemicals and other acidic substances like wine, vinegar, alcohol, and lemon
is also somewhat heat resistant, but to avoid potential surface discolouring,
it's best to place a trivet underneath a hot pan. Acidic or citric items may
leave an etch mark on a marble-topped counter. The etching appears as a dull,
lackluster spot, which is irreversible and cannot be prevented.
Cracking and Chipping
surface, including granite with its crystalline structure, has the potential to
chip or crack when it comes in direct contact with high-impact blows from a
hard, sharp object. Under ordinary kitchen use, however, chipping or cracking
is highly unlikely for a granite counter, and daily use will not overstress
this hard, durable stone.
marble is a much softer material than granite, it is more prone to chips and
cracks under frequent, everyday use in the kitchen. Marble is best suited to
bathroom vanity tops where it is not exposed to the same amount of wear and
tear as a kitchen countertop.
countertops set the bar high for creating an upscale, luxurious look, although
granite also conveys sophistication. Granite
slabs can be sealed to provide an additional layer of protection for the
inherently tough stone. A quality sealant should have a life expectancy of 10
to 15 years.
highly recommended to seal a marble countertop since it is a porous material,
but because of the softer nature of marble, it won’t be as durable as granite
even with a sealant.
down granite and marble countertops with a clean, damp cloth for everyday
cleaning. Add a touch of soapy water to the damp cloth to remove stubborn food
residue, but avoid bleach, ammonia, or other harsh cleaning agents. With a
marble countertop, it's imperative to thoroughly dry the wet surface as it is
being cleaned. Here are more easy care tips for
and Marble Slabs in the GTA
A kitchen is a high-traffic area that calls for a tough surface. Granite will
stand up to a kitchen’s ruggedness and marble should be used more sparingly.
granite and marble slabs are great for GTA homes and the ultimate decision lies
with the homeowner.