Natural stones such as marble and granite are formed by enormous pressure in the earth compressing naturally decomposing materials.
For many decades, most of these stone types were used for decorating and sculpting because of their differing, sometimes startling natural beauty.
In fact, ancient builders very often made use of them during early civilisations for buildings and decoration due to their versatility.
Today in our modern world, when we want our homes to standout we are now using natural stones more and more during the designing and decoration stages. Granite and marble are the two that are widely used now.
Granite is a widely occurring igneous rock. It comes in different colours and textures ranging from medium to coarse grains. The beauty of granite is mostly attributed to deposits of substrates like quartz, mica and feldspar.
Granite has being used as a building material for centuries because of its strength, so it is hard to believe that the lovely stone only started taking over the kitchen less than 20 years ago. Now it is considered to be one of the most the high-end surfaces and is desired for its natural beauty and durability.
Marble on the other hand is a metabolic rock with various pure limestone deposits within it, causing differing patterns. Usually found in the UK, France, Belgium, Italy, India and Spain, it is one of the most oldest and most beautiful stones available in the market for countertops. The popularity of marble began in ancient Rome and Greece where white and off-white marbles were used in construction mainly for decoration, such as sculptures or pillars.
Benefits of using marble and granite in the kitchen.
Marble and granite countertops are long lasting and aesthetically pleasing; bringing a sense of luxury to interiors.
Below are some of the benefits of incorporating marble or granite countertops in a kitchen.
Resist chips and scratches
This is one of the best reasons of choosing these natural stones. The materials are so durable that it can resist chips and scratches. (although, it is advised to use cutting board for dicing, chopping and slicing). Marble and granite if properly installed can last for decades.
Another benefit of marble and granite in the kitchen is their natural resistance to heat. They are both naturally formed by pressure and heat so it takes a lot to affect them..
In addition to being heat resistant, they are also stain resistant. Granite is a porous material that can be stained by alkaline and acid liquids. But with a proper sealant applied, it will maintain a great surface.
Apart from the above mentioned benefits, these beautiful stones are just quite simply stunning – could you want anything more?