Why Choose Marble and Granite Over Synthetic Material
There are numerous advantages to using natural stone such as granite and marble in place of synthetic materials such as Corian, Formica, porcelain, concrete or ceramic tile. Natural stone is durable, long-lasting and color selection is generally far more extensive. Most people consider natural stone more expensive than it actually is. Not only can natural stone be affordable but its resilience proves cost effective over time. On the other hand, synthetic material requires periodic replacement and costly repairs. We have an access to over 60 different granite colors and with such a large inventory it is easy to find exactly what you are looking for.
Consumers often prefer granite and marble simply for the attractiveness of natural stone. Synthetic products usually aim to mimic the color variations found in granite or marble. Using man-made material may achieve a similar outward appearance, but there is a definite difference in quality and ease of use. Granite is considered an ideal choice for kitchen countertops because it can withstand high heat, up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas heat pads are necessary for countertops made from synthetic materials due to potential burn marks and fading. Granite countertops are virtually scratch-proof and will not scratch even when directly cut on. Man-made material is susceptible to burning, discoloration, scratching and can deteriorate due to normal wear and tear.
Using granite or marble for your kitchen countertops and other home accents is a great way to increase overall value of your home. We use the best machine tools to cut and bullnose our product and the difference is visible. Our mission is to offer the best value for your dollar. If you are looking for quality natural stone that is both elegant and cost efficient, look no further than House of Granite&Marble Co.
The Difference between Marble and Granite
Marble and granite products alike add a polished sophistication and enhance any room. Both can be used for countertops, tile flooring, fireplace mantels, columns, vases and much more. However, even though marble and granite have a similar aesthetic, they can also be better suited for specific purposes.
Marble lasts as long as granite but is typically best used for items such as vases, crosses, and mantels. Subtle color choices and veining patterns that marble offers can create more unique and exquisite designs in bathrooms. Physically, marble is less dense and is often the preferred choice for fireplace mantels because more detailed designs can be carved. Largely composed of calcite, marble is sensitive to acidic foods which include ketchup, lemon, vinegar and wine. In exposing marble to these acids there is a risk of staining and dulling the polished finish.
Greater density and hardness help make granite resistant to scratches, acids, stains and heat. That makes granite a popular choice for kitchen countertops and outdoor pieces, including headstones and monuments because it is the most durable natural stone and stand up well to weather changes. Granite is long-lasting and creates a beautiful, unique ambiance in any environment.
House Of Granite & Marble, Co. is a direct supplier of marble and granite. We import our material internationally from various countries which include: Italy, Spain, Greece, Brazil, China and India. We have a large inventory and extensive selection for all of our marble and granite products. For the last season our most popular colors for marble include: Crema Marfil, Botticino Fiorito, Cherry Blossom, Hulian Jade, Negro Marquina. Popular colors for granite include: Yellow Fantasy, Almond Mauve, Paradiso, Absolute Black, and Blue Pearl.
How to Protect Your Marble and Granite
House of Granite & Marble we believe that protecting your marble and granite material is an important way to ensure product lifetime and maintain original quality. Here are some ideas on protecting your natural stone:
The most popular method of protecting natural stone is by applying a sealer. When choosing your sealer remember that solvent based sealers work much better than water based ones. A sealer works by penetrating into the pores of the stone and building an invisible barrier that allows for easier cleaning, protection against scratching/stains and creating a harder, less slippery surface. Sealers are easy to apply and take only a few hours to effectively dry. For best results, it is recommended that sealers be re-applied once a year for bathrooms and every six months for kitchen countertops. A good rule of thumb to follow is the more traffic on the granite or marble surface, the more frequently you should apply the sealer. Areas that typically see more traffic include kitchen sinks and prep surfaces near stovetops. Once the sealer is applied, there is no visible difference to the clarity or beauty of the marble or granite. For stubborn stains it is best to consult with a professional, but most require using liquid poultice.
For day to day care, the best cleaning agent is dish soap diluted with water. Simply wipe down your kitchen surfaces with a damp cloth and that will help preserve your marble and granite. Granite and marble are both beautiful and classic additions to any home and can last a lifetime with proper care.
How to Measure Counter
Step 1: First, with your tape measure, measure the length of your counter top. Write down how many inches it is from the longest stretch.
Step 2: Then, measure the width of the counter top. Any standard cabinet base is 24″ in width, then the counter top usually has an inch and a half overhang. This means the width of a typical counter top is about 26″. Write this down.
Step 3: Repeat this method of measuring for all counter tops.
Step 4: Square footage is basically length multiplied by width, in inches, divided by 144. (L X W)/144 = square foot
How To calculate the square footage of Countertops
– Standard width of countertop = 26 inches
– Standard height of splash = 4 inches
A. Square inches of splash
– Length of back splash + Length of end splash = total splash length
– Total splash length x 4 in = sq in of splash
B. Square inches of countertop
– Length of counter x 26 in = sq in of countertop
C. Square inches of bar area
– Length of bar at longest point x Width of bar at widest point = sq in of bar
Total square footage = (A + B + C) divided by 144