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Kitchen Remodeling Northern Virginia

Marble and Granite Installation Overview

Here at Graves Design & Remodeling, we specialize in both marble counters and granite counter installation. Here we will discuss the general difference between the two. Contact us today to arrange an initial consultation.

Marble Countertops

Marble is a popular and elegant choice for a countertop material. In a commercial sense, any stone that can be polished is also known as marble, with the exception of granite. This includes onyx, limestone, serpentine and travertine. Often referred to as the “green” marble, serpentine marble is not actually real marble, but it looks very similar and is more stain-and spill-proof than marble.

  • Appearance:
    Marble comes in a wide variety of colors, with varying vein colors and sizes.
  • Features:
    Natural marble is extremely hard, making it a popular and versatile choice. However, try and make sure you protect your marble from water, spills, and stains.
  • Care:
    Try to clean up any spills or water on marble as quickly as possible, and consider adding a sealant. You should not use marble in high-traffic areas of the home where sand, dirt, or other small particles may grind into the marble over time, which can permanently mark or damage the stone. You should never leave a chemical, acidic, or citric substance or item on the marble. You should clean marble with a slightly damp, clean cloth and then dry it off with a soft towel. Avoid abrasive household cleaners, as dullness and etching may occur.

Granite Countertops

Granite is one of the most popular countertop materials available.

  • Appearance:
    There are many types of minerals in granite, some of which can appear like shiny flecks or longer veins of different colors. Granite itself comes in a multitude of natural colors, and can be finished in many different ways.
  • Features:
    Granite is naturally durable and water resistant with stain-proof and antibacterial characteristics. Granite is also heat and scratch resistant.
  • Care:
    You should use a granite sealant to give an additional layer of protection. Clean with a damp, clean cloth and use a small amount of soapy water for heavy residue. Try to avoid bleach or any cleaning products with caustics or solvents, as this will remove the sealant.

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