Q: What is the difference between marble and granite?
A: Both stones are natural and quarried, however, they are very different.
Granite is formed deep in the earth’s mantle at extremely high
temperatures, and is a very hard, resistant stone made of crystallized
minerals. The marble family (limestone, travertine, marble, and onyx)
start out as sediment, which is made up of animal skeletons, shells,
plant matter and silt, which lie at the bottom of bodies of water. After
millions of years this solidifies into stone. Because its main component
is calcium, acids such as vinegar and citrus beverages can affect it.
Q: Which material do you recommend for kitchen tops?
A: Most designers believe granite is the best choice for kitchen tops.
Granite can withstand the elements of the kitchen. Granite is harder,
denser and more durable than any other natural stone.
Q: I love the qualities of marble; can kitchen tops be fabricated
A: Sure, we can fabricate marble kitchen tops, however, it’s not
recommended. Marble is very porous and is prone to etching and
staining from food. Marble works well in many applications such as
vanities, floor tiles, furniture tops and fireplace surrounds.
Q: What are the advantages of granite over other surfaces?
A: There are many advantages:
Granite can withstand extreme heat. Food can be cut directly on the
surface and granite is easy to clean and maintain.
Q: Isn’t granite and marble expensive?
A: Marble and granite have become increasingly affordable.
Remember that the square footage price is only a small part in the
overall pricing of your project. Be sure and get complete quotes when
comparing prices, not just the price per square foot. You will find that
the cost of most natural stone is comparable to other solid surfaces.
Q: Where does most of the stone come from?
A: Granite and marble come from all over the world. All of ours comes
from Italy, Spain, Brazil, India and the African continent.