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Kitchen Renovations - Marble and Granite Countertops



In today’s world, everyone wants their house to look as beautiful as what royals had in yester years. Many places in the house which had, till now, been ignored are getting the much needed attention they required. The Kitchen has received a major part of this attention, a number of natural stones and synthetic materials are being used for making a new kitchen. In older houses, a portion of the money spent during Kitchen renovation is used by adding stone based countertops to give an immediate lift to the kitchen décor.



Natural stone like Marble and Granite are one of the most popular options explored by a property owner. Both marble and granite have the following benefits when used while building a new kitchen or during kitchen renovation:-


1. Beauty. The variation in colors, textures, patterns and designs are endless. You can choose just the right color and texture which suits your taste.


2. Uniqueness. Every single slab of granite and marble are unique. With differing shades and patterns these marvelous stones will surly add a sense of elegance to your kitchen.


3. Financial return. Granite and marble add a lot of value to the kitchen and help raise the overall value of the property.


4. Durability. Kitchens regularly face a lot of rough and tough usage like sharp knives, hot pans and pots, and stains. Granite and marble countertops can typically handle more of this damage than a synthetic material.



Choosing between granite and marble during kitchen remodeling is can be tricky. One needs to consider all factors very carefully as the cost of using natural stones in your kitchen is substantial. One must examine pros and cons of using either of the two stones carefully including the cost factor, look, durability and suitability.



In comparison to granite, marble countertops are not as popular, as they can be scratched easier than granite countertops. Also, acidic substances, like vinegars, ketchup, etc. affect the surface of marble more in comparison to a granite countertop. The glossy surface of a marble counter may be lost with time due to exposure to chemicals commonly used in the kitchen. Although heat does not harm the actual marble core in any way, exposure to heat may cause the marble to discolor significantly. Granite on the other hand is the second hardest stone available and is not as easily affected by chemicals, scratching, and typical kitchen heat. Chipping and scratching granite surfaces is rather tough in comparison to marble, which can be chipped.



Cleaning granite surface countertops is very easy and is limited to cleaning by cloth and a granite cleaner. One area where marble scores over granite is the choice of colors, granite is limited by the colors found in nature. Thus when doing kitchen remodeling, you will have to consider the color scheme you require. You may have to go with marble instead of granite in case the granite colors do not match with your color scheme.

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