Granite and Marble are the most commonly used natural stone in the interiors and exteriors of your home. When we compare Granite vs Marble, the texture, colour and appearance plays major role in determining the type of stone.  Both are different in terms of aesthetics, degree of hardness, their ability to resist staining and overall durability and of course cost.

Please note that all the stones that come out of marble quarry are not “Marble”. You need to assort and classify depending upon its physical properties, shape, size, pattern, structure and colour. On the other hand, this not so in the case of granite.

 

Here we give you the difference between granite and marble which will help you to make a right choice.

Uses

Granite

  • Granite is used as flooring, countertop, kitchen island, basins, vanity tops, cladding, steps, door-window sill-jamb and frame, backsplashes, paving, fireplace mantle, skirting, dado, in resident as well as public buildings, etc.
  • It is a hard stone and therefore it is not used in making of sculpture.
 

Marble

  • Marble is used in flooring, stair treads, countertops, walkways, table tops, wall tiles, sink, monuments, pavement, crushed marble in landscape, tabletop display, soap dishes and decorative bowls, in residential as well as public buildings including temples, ornamental buildings, etc.
  • It is a soft stone and it is easily mould therefore most commonly used for sculpture and as a decorative material. Hence more popular used in temples.

 

Appearance

Granite

  • Granite consists of many small grains of material. All of the specks appear in different colours, making the piece come in tones of blue, brown, gray, black and white with different patterns.
 

Marble

  • Marble has beautiful veins pattern, which also comes in many different shapes, sizes, and colours. It also comes in a large variety of Earth-toned colors, including green, blues, grays, pinks, whites, reds and of course pure spotless white

Choice

Granite

  • It is available in limited choices in patterns and colours.
 

Marble

  • It is available in varieties of choices in patterns and colours

 

Advantages

Granite

  • Granite is very easy to clean and maintain.
  • It is suitable for heavy traffic area.
  • With a proper seal coating on granite and with proper care, granite will last for many years without scratching, staining and chipping.
  • Granite does not feel as cold as marble does.
  • It is not affected by weathering.
 

Marble

  • Marble has a translucency that makes it glow or shine, brightening any room you choose to use it in.
  • Marble is also known for its versatility in the art from sculptures to monuments and from wall tiles to floor tiles.
  • Marble is more common in the bathroom area.
  • It gives a soft appearance as compared to granite.
  • In the case of white marble, it is better to lay with white cement and on a bed of white or yellow sand (not black sand). Also, it is advisable to paint underside with white cement based paints to maintain and maximize its whiteness.

    Polishing

    Granite

     
    • Generally, Granite is pre-polished. Mostly mirror polished.
     

    Marble

    • Marble will require polishing after its installation and hence it consumes lot of time. It may or may not be mirror polished.

    Cost

    Granite

    • The cost of granite slab depends on the size, thickness and quality of slab. The cost of granite approximately ranges from RM 10 to RM 500 /sq.ft in Stone Ace Marble
     

    Marble

    • The cost of marble slab depends on the thickness of marble slabs, the size of slabs, quality and quantity. The cost of marble approximately ranges from RM 20 to RM 250 /sq.ft. But the real good quality marble or even pure which marble will cost abnormally cost depends on size.

    Properties

    (a) Durability

    Granite

    • Granite stone is hard, tough and durable. It is more durable than marble.
     

    Marble

    • Marble is hard, sound and dense stone.

    (b) Porosity

    Granite

    • It is less porous as compared to marble.
     

    Marble

    • It is more porous as compared to granite as wine, juice, lemons and vinegar will get absorbed into marble and cause permanent staining, possibly difficult to treat.

    (c) Scratch Resistance

    Granite

    • Granite is more scratch resistant than marble.
     

    Marble

    • Marble is less scratch resistant than granite as heavy items drops on the surface may damage the surface.

    (d) Stain Resistance

    Granite

    • It is more stain resistant than marble.
     

    Marble

    • It is less stain resistant than granite.
     

    (e) Acid Resistance

    Granite

    • Granite is more resistant to acidic foods.
     

    Marble

    • Marble is not resistant to acidic foods. Its colour and texture will get changed when in contact with acidic contents.