Natural stones, namely marble and granite are possibly the first material you can think of for kitchen and bathroom worktops. And that’s not without a reason- natural stone worktops have been popular for many years, because they are beautiful and have excellent performances. Continue reading to find put the top pros and cons of natural stone worktops.
Tastes differ, but no one can deny the beauty that natural stones have. Marble is recognizable by veining, that can be distinct or dimmed and in different colours. Granite is on the other hand recognizable by the granulation it has. While marble is classic and elegant, granite is modern and serious. Both are beautiful, it just depends on your taste.
2. Moderate maintenance
When it comes to day to day cleaning of natural stone worktops, that is easily handled with just soap, water and a soft rag. Both should be sealed a few times a year; marble countertops should be sealed every 3-6 month and granite every 6-12 months.
3. Each slab is unique
Marble and granite are 100% natural materials, with no added pigments and colours. This means that each slab that is cut is one of a kind and there are no two that are exactly the same.
4. They absorb temperature
Granite is the best material when it comes to handling high temperature- you can put away a still hot pot without any concerns about damaging your worktop. However, you should use mats and trivets with marble- although it also absorbs temperature quickly, it is softer then granite, which can lead to damage by high temperature.
Marble and granite are one of the most durable materials found in nature and investing in them is a smart choice. Not only they will last for a lifetime, but their beauty won’t fade over time.
6. Can be used in various ways
Kitchen and bathroom worktops are not the only way in which natural stones are used. They are used also for other elements of the household, for example shower walls, backshplahes and vanity units. Both are suitable for outdoor use and are often used for paving.
7. Can be recycled and reused
When you decide to get rid of your worktops, you can either resell or recycle them.
These two materials are porous, which means that spillages can penetrate its surface and leave a stain. This refers to marble especially, but granite also. If they are sealed regularly, you shouldn’t have problem with staining.
2. Marble can be scratched
Granite is very dense and hard, but marble is softer, which can lead to scratches. Be sure to always use a cutting board when preparing meal with marble.
Both materials are very heavy and may require structural reinforcement of some cabinets before the installation.
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