What is Granite?
Granite is a naturally occurring, crystalline, homogeneous rock that consists mainly of feldspars and quartz with minor mica and amphibole components.
These minerals occur in varying proportions giving granite a wide range of colors, textures and patterns. The minerals can be hardest and strongest natural stones available making it an ideal choice for countertops.
Granite is formed deep within the earth’s crust under extreme heat and pressure. Over time, this magma slowly cools and crystallizes into granite. Granite began as a hot, 1400 degrees Fahrenheit, mass of magma or molten rock. The granite has been pushed upward and as a result the granite deposits lie just beneath the earth’s surface where it can be easily quarried. Granite is widely distributed throughout the continental crust of the Earth and it is the most common igneous rock found at Earth’s surface. Granite is quarried from all over the world, but the most popular varieties come from Brazil, India.
Granite has a number of unique properties that make it an ideal material for countertops.
- First, granite is very hard and durable. It is one of the hardest natural stones available, second only to diamonds. This makes it an excellent choice for high-traffic areas and kitchens where spills and stains are common.
- Second, granite is heat resistant. It can withstand high temperatures without being damaged, making it ideal for use around cooktops and in outdoor kitchens.
- Third, granite is stain resistant. Most of the granite colors are very resistant to spills and stains. This makes it easy to clean and maintain.
- Fourth, granite is scratch resistant. The surface of granite is hard and can withstand scratches from knives and other sharp objects.
- Finally, granite is available in a wide range of colors and patterns. This means that there is a granite countertop to match any décor.
Granite countertops are a popular choice for many homeowners because they are beautiful, durable, and easy to maintain.
If you are considering granite for your home, Factory Plaza has over 1000 slabs in stock. We fabricate and install all type of stones.
What is marble?
Marble is simply metamorphosed limestone or dolomite that has been compressed or heated deep within the earth’s crust. Marble contains clay minerals, micas, quartz, iron oxides, graphite, etc. These minerals give marble its characteristic colors, patterns and veining.
Carrara or Calacatta from Italy, is perhaps the best-known type of marble. It has been used for centuries for sculpture and architecture. Marble is quarried from all over the world, but the most popular varieties come from Brazil, India, and Italy.
Marble is softer than granite since it is made mostly of calcite. Marble is more susceptible to stains, chips and scratches than granite.
Marble is commonly used for sculpture, ornamental objects and as a building material as floor tiles, facing stone, window sills, stair risers or columns. Marble can be polished to a high luster.
Marble is heat-resistant and durable, it is best suited for low-traffic areas because marble can be stained by oil, dirt, and other materials. Marble is beautiful but it is not the best material for countertops because it can be easily scratched or stained. If you do choose to use marble for your countertops, be sure to seal them regularly to prevent staining. The best way to protect your marble surfaces is to apply a sealer 2 times a year. This will help to prevent staining and make cleanup easier.
If you are considering marble for your home, it is important to weigh the pros and cons before making a decision.