How do you choose what type of stone to use for your kitchen, bathroom or tile flooring needs? Granite, quartz and marble are popular choices for their aesthetic appeal as well as many other qualities. Granite offers several benefits and unique aesthetic qualities.
Granite vs Marble
Granite and marble are both porous, natural stones and usually cost similar prices. Granite is more durable and less likely to become stained, chipped or scratched. Granite is also more resistant to acidic foods and requires less maintenance and upkeep. Marble countertops have to be resealed twice a year, while granite only requires resealing every other year.
As far as appearance, granite is speckled and comes in a variety of colors. Marble is usually gray, white or cream colored with dark veins, although there are pale green and pink types of marble.
Granite vs Quartz
Unlike granite and marble, quartz countertops are man-made using resins and crushed natural quartz. Both granite and quartz are durable and can last a lifetime with proper care. They resist heat and scratching. Granite sometimes costs more than quartz but is harder to scratch and can be used outdoors, such as for patio tables.
The non-porous surface of quartz makes it more stain resistant and requires less upkeep than granite. Quartz tends to be more resistant to acidic foods and cleaning liquids. The two stones can be hard to tell apart from a distance as they have a similar speckled appearance.
Is Granite Safe?
Yes, granite is safe. All rocks have a small amount of radioactivity in them however the levels are small fractional values of established thresholds for environmental safety. Granite is a safe product and safe for your home.