Picking the perfect counter top stone for your house depends on a number of considerations, the top two being how much money you have to spend as well as your own personal style preference. There is certainly is no shortage of design choices. But looks aren’t everything, and something that should be at the top of your priority list is which type of material to use. Many homeowners think there is little difference between granite and marble; some mistakenly think they are the same thing. But different stones have different strengths. Every natural stone has a strength ranking which professionals call the Mohs hardness. The Mohs scale of mineral hardness was established to classify the strength of any natural mineral. For example, if a stone has a Mohs hardness of seven, then that stone is strong enough to leave an abrasion on a stone with a six (or lower) rating. The following will hopefully give you a better idea of the characteristics of each stone and their respective Mohs hardness ratings.
If you are concerned about nicks, scratches or chinking of counter tops, you may want to contemplate the use of granite. It’s an extremely hard stone and can hold its own against many types of damage. Even though it comes in a multitude of colours and variations, granite is largely made up of quartz, feldspar and a mix of different minerals, which gives the stone a somewhat gritty look. The Mohs hardness rating of granite is seven.
Made up of limestone, marble is the result of millions of years of the stone being compacted and heated. Because of this complex process over such a long period of time, marble is slightly stronger than limestone, but cannot compare to granite in sturdiness. Although there are some exceptions in rare types of marble, most varieties only rank an average of 4 on the Mohs hardness scale.
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