Granite is an igneous rock that has been quarried for thousands of years. It forms the bulk of the earth’s crust and is formed under high heat and pressure deep underground. Along with natural abundance, it comes in a large variety of colors. The incredible forces that create granite also cause it to be a very durable stone. It consists of mostly quartz and feldspar which give it a natural strength. It’s a very versatile stone that performs exceptionally well over time with minimal maintenance. Granite is ideal for practically any installation, indoors or out, kitchen or baths. It ranks a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness.
Marble and its relatives – limestone and travertine, can be used for any number of applications such as fireplace surrounds, tabletops, bath vanities, mantles, Jacuzzi area, floors, furniture pieces and shower stalls. Generally marble is a perfect choice in low traffic areas, but is not a suitable choice as a kitchen countertop. With a main component of calcium, marble is much softer with less density than granite, and therefore is slightly more brittle with a porous surface.