Granite began as a hot, 1400 degrees Fahrenheit, mass of magma or molten rock. The magma rose upward and came to rest and solidified into granite. The granite has been pushed upward, and the land above it has been removed by erosion. The result is a granite deposit that lies just beneath the earth's surface where it can be easily quarried. Granite is the hardest rock.
Marble is simply a limestone that has been compressed or heated deep within the earth's crust. Unlike granite, marble was never molten rock, but it may have been heated and squeezed enough for the limestone grains to bend and flow. Marble is a relatively soft mineral. Because marble is made entirely of calcite, it is much softer than granite.
- Incredibly durable; it provides a carefree surface that is easily maintained.
- Heat resistant; you can set hot pots directly on it.
- Highly resistant to common household stains. If sealed properly and regularly, it is impervious to stains.
- Immune to freezing, thawing, mold, and mildew.
- Granite is over 150 times more bacteria resistant than plastic laminate, concrete, tile, or wood. The Hospitality Institute of Technology and Management shows granite is second only to stainless steel in cleanliness.
- Won't scratch with normal use. Granite is the second hardest material on earth (second only to diamonds), making it scratch resistant.
- Sealing of granite is as simple as wiping down your counters and only needs to be done once a year.
- It saves money. You don’t have to buy cheap laminate countertops every 10 years.
- The fact that other solid surfaces attempt to make their products look like granite speaks volumes about which product is the most beautiful.
- Naturally beautiful even after 50 years. It provides beauty and elegance that will be appreciated for a lifetime. Since each piece of granite is different in color, your countertops will be unique and distinctive.
- It adds value to your house.
- Granite is a natural material.