Granite and Marble Slab for Toronto Homeowners

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Whether remodelling a Toronto kitchen, building one from scratch, or just giving it a makeover, countertops are a key component of the look. With so many options, granite and marble slab are the most popular choices for Toronto homeowners. Here’s how the two stack up.
 

The Lowdown on Granite

 
Granite is a tough and durable igneous rock that has been formed deep in the earth by volcanic activity with a number of materials, including feldspar, quartz, and silica. Granite will outlast you and any other countertop material, and has the following attractive qualities:
  • Low maintenance
  • Virtually stain proof
  • Antibacterial
  • Chip and scratch resistant
A recent survey found that 75 percent of homeowners who intend to remodel their kitchens in the next two years indicated they want granite countertops, and 76 percent of homeowners believe nothing beats the value or beauty of granite.
 

More About Marble

 
Marble is a metamorphic rock made out of limestone that has undergone tremendous pressure for very long periods of time. A particular favourite of those who love to bake, cold marble provides the perfect surface for kneading dough. In addition, it can turn any ordinary kitchen into a visual masterpiece, giving the feeling of walking into a gourmet kitchen each time you step foot into it.
 
Because no two pieces of marble are exactly alike, marble slabs are exclusive to each project. The variety of marble colours to choose from is extensive and compliments any decor, from contemporary to traditional. To add to marble’s appeal and allure, slabs are veined to give the stone movement and create visual interest.
 
Due to the soft nature of marble, it is more susceptible to both scratching and staining. It is important that cutting boards are used on a marble countertop. Although sealing a marble countertop can help protect the surface, it is still important to be cautious with spills, especially products with an acidic nature as they can result in permanent stains. This is why marble may be a more ideal surface for bathrooms.
 

Appearance

 
The aesthetic differences between granite and marble are a matter of taste. Some people prefer the natural look of granite, which comes in a wide range of colours and patterns. Others prefer the elegance and veining of marble, which is easily recognizable and most commonly available in neutral tones.
 

Durability

 
Granite is often considered the most durable natural countertop material available and is known for resisting cracks and chips well. Hot pots can be placed directly on the countertop, vegetables can be cut right on the surface without damage, and spills wipe away easily. Like granite, marble is very strong and resistant to damage, but it is much more porous and is more prone to staining over granite.
 

Granite and Marble Slab in Toronto

 
Choosing between marble and granite slab all depends on the look to be achieved and how much maintenance the homeowner is willing to put into the countertop.
 
Granite and marble slab create a beautiful focal point in a Toronto home for years to come.