From Toronto to
Newmarket and Oshawa to Oakville, GTA homeowners all around are using natural
stones in new and creative ways to add beauty and charm to their home but when
it comes down to picking between different slabs of beautiful, nature-made
works of art such as granite and marble, which one should you choose?
Ultimately it is up to GTA homeowners to pick what is best for their individual
needs and desires. Whether timeless elegance and luxury is desired or strength
and durability is preferred, the options are both beautiful and endless as no
two slabs of either natural stone are the same. Slabs of granite and marble can
be cut out into a variety of shapes to suit the application, but one natural
stone may be better suited than the other depending on different GTA
homeowners. Continue to read to learn which natural stone is best for you.
Granite – Durability
Granite is a beautiful natural stone that comes in a variety
of shimmering colours but is undoubtedly valued mostly for its strength and
durability. Commonly used for kitchen countertops, vanity tops and even
flooring, granite is a confident option thanks to its ability to withstand
years of high use, high traffic, scratches, heat, and stains. Granite is a very
hard and dense igneous rock that started out as magma that cooled down and was
squeezed under pressure of the Earth’s surface. Another well-known igneous rock
is diamond and just like a diamond, granite is resilient and strong.
Granite as Kitchen
Counters and Vanity Tops
As a kitchen counter, a slab of granite is perfect not just
for its eye-catching shimmer but most notably for its ability to withstand
heat. This means hot pots and pans can be set down on the counter without
damaging the granite with cracks, burns or stain marks.
For the same reason, in the bathroom, hot irons and blow
dryers can be set down on a marble vanity without cracking or scorching the
surface of the natural stone.
Marble – Classic
Elegance with High Maintenance
No other natural stone shares the same amount of reverence
for its classically elegant look as marble. Since ancient times, when the
Greeks and Romans were carving their state buildings and statues of idols out
of this natural stone, marble was valued for its visually pleasing and
aesthetic quality, more so than its pragmatic usability. Marble is softer than
other natural stones such as granite and is best suited for low-use areas and
surfaces need to be maintained regularly to resist stains, scratches and
damages. Regular coating is required
every 6 months or as prescribed by your supplier. Regardless of the
maintenance, marble provides a luxurious touch to homes in the GTA that
homeowners will surely see a return on their investment for years to come.
What Are Your Needs?
GTA homeowners need to ask themselves what is best suited
for their applications depending on their needs and desires. Everybody is
different and has different needs, good thing these works of art are rarities
in themselves and every homeowner in GTA can pick the right granite and marble
slabs to suit their individual needs.