Confusion abounds when attempting to differentiate between Marble and Granite. Both of course are natural stones, however, they are entirely different animals when it comes to installing them as worktops.
Both have their merits and indeed have their place. Either will make your Cheshire or North Wales kitchen look beautiful – especially if you trust Grantech to the work http://www.grantech.ltd.uk.
OK, so what is Granite?
Granite is an igneous rock and for the sake of the definition, this means that it is formed through the cooling and solidification of magma or lava. Structurally, it is very dense and therefore very strong and solid.
Being so tough, it is ideal when used as a worktop. It does still have the chance to crack however if treated badly. Most granites composite and are made up of at least 20% quartz and up to 65% alkali feldspar. These minerals impact on the colour of the stone.
What is marble?
For the archaeologists, Marble is a metamorphic rock formed from the metamorphism of sedimentary carbonate rocks in the very high temperatures that are experienced deep underground. Calcite is the primary composite material but it may have clay, graphite and iron in and amongst its make-up.
The density of Marble makes it not quite as strong as granite overall.
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