Facts about stone
Granite and marble are natural stones formed in very much the same way. However, the two stones are very different. Marble is a calcious material formed from oceanic deposits and then compressed under pressure (metamorphosed). Granite, on the other hand, is an igneous rock. This is essentially, a molten magma which is cooled and then hardened through the natural process below the earth's surface. Read more below...

COLOR: Both granite and marble are composed of a variety of minerals, each of which has specific performance properties. The hardest mineral commonly found in granite is quartz. This is a somewhat translucent white/gray colored mineral that is responsible for the hardness of granite. Marble is actually stone that has been transformed from other stone, limestone specifically. Along the way, some marble picks up fossils (corals, for example) and incorporates them into its final makeup. Each stone varies in color, shading, texture and veining.

COST: Stone is usually competitively priced compared to other high-end solid surfaces. It offers an unmatched value with its natural beauty, elegance, longevity and style. It allows you to express your individual taste and style since no two colors are the same. When compared to other solid surfaces, granite offers a value that is unmatched. Granite while a little more expensive than marble, offers more flexibility of use.

ABSORBENCY: Granite is impervious to water and is in fact, less absorbent than most solid surfaces. It is commonly used as building material for high-rise buildings due to its ability to withstand gale force winds and rain. It is the primary product for kitchen counter tops because of its ability to repel water, stay hygienic and clean.

HEAT RESISTANCE: Granite is ideal for kitchens, because under normal conditions, it will not burn. It will generally not be harmed by hot pans or open flames. Marble should not be used in kitchens, as excessive heat can cause damage and leave sears or burn marks.

HYGIENE: Bacteria is found everywhere in our environment including all solid kitchen surfaces. Regular cleaning of your granite, like any other top is recommended using an anti-bacterial soap or other recommended cleaning products. Marble, since it is primarily limestone, is extremely susceptible to acids, including citric acid and vinegar, which will etch the surface of the stone. Many household cleaners will do the same thing.

MAINTENANCE: Routine cleaning using the right products is generally all that is required to maintain the beauty of your stone. If the stone becomes damaged or dull, please contact us for professional restoration.

SCRATCHES: Granite is highly scratch resistant and normal daily use will not adversely affect your top. Marble, as stone goes, is soft, and it will scratch easily.

STAINS: Granite is resistant to stain provided any liquid spilled on its top is wiped away as quickly as possible. However, even water can soak into a granite top and leave a dark spot. This though, will vaporize within minutes.