What’s the Difference Between Marble and Granite?

Unless you’ve specifically shopped for natural stone for your project, you may not know the answer.  Both are beautiful, natural stones used for countertops, tiles & many other surfaces.  But which should you choose for your project?  Let’s take a look.

Both are quarried from the earth, but  granite and marble (and marble’s relatives:  limestone, onyx and travertine) are different from each other. The greatest difference lies in the porosity, which affects the softness and durability of marble when compared to granite.

Here are 3 white stones.  All beautiful, but the characteristics are different.

Paris apartment by Charlotte Macaux Perelman - The ensuite bathroom is entirely covered by custom white Carrara marble slabs, as a contemporary version of luxurious palace bathrooms which existed in the 1940’s.

White Carrara Marble.  Everyone’s favorite-but wait.   Before choosing it for your kitchen or bath countertop or floor, be warned,  it’s porous.  That means it will stain if you aren’t careful. That doesn’t mean you should avoid it.  It just takes a more care  and attention than a granite.   You should seal it regularly & clean up stains as soon as they happen.

River White Granite.  This is a better choice for most people for white countertops.  It’s much less porous.


White macaubus quartzite

White Macaubus Quartzite.  One of my personal favorites!  What is Quartzite?   Quartzite has similar if not stronger physical-mechanical features than granite.  Quartzite is suitable for both internal and external applications depending on the particular type.  Quartzite can uniquely offer colours and veining similar to that of marble with the added benefit of the hardness of granite, making this the ideal kitchen material.

Although we carry all the above mentioned stones, pictures courtesy of Pintrest.