In Shallotte , homeowners love using natural stone tiles for countertops, backsplashes, and even floors. Marble and granite have a lot of positive qualities that make them great choices for your home, but it’s important to know the disadvantages, too. Floor Coverings International Shallotte has a team of trusted local flooring experts to help you decide if marble or granite is right for you.
Pros: Marble has always been admired as a luxurious natural material. The stone is found in a variety of natural colors ranging from white, to pale pink, and even dark grey and blue. Marble also often has a translucency that makes it glow or shine, brightening any room you choose to use it in. It is known for its vivid shades and prominent veining and splashes, which have given rise to “marbling” styled art, merchandise, and even cakes! Its undeniable beauty inspires homeowners to use marble any way they can. Luckily, marble is versatile and customizable to fit in with many different aesthetics and in many different locations. From kitchens, to bathrooms, to entryway flooring, marble is guaranteed to make a stunning statement.
Cons: While marble is beautiful and versatile, it is not a very durable material. Unlike granite, it is a porous stone that scratches and stains very easily. Acidic liquids or food in your kitchen can quickly ruin your tiles. Because of this, it is imperative to apply a protective sealant to the surface upon installation and annually. Check with a flooring professional for more advice on how to best take care of marble. Marble is known for being cold to the touch, which doesn’t make it the best option for cold climates. It is possible to install radiant heating with your marble but it will cost more. Lastly, marble is not inexpensive. If you are redoing your flooring on a budget, marble might not be for you. Request a free in-home estimate from Floor Coverings International Shallotte to get an accurate idea of the cost of marble.
Pros: Granite is the more rustic counterpart of marble. Colors range from creamy tans to more subdued grey and rusty red. The earthy tones make it a warmer option for Shallotte homes. Speaking of warmth, granite does not feel as cold as marble does, and can also be installed with radiant heating. Many homeowners prefer their granite honed rather than polished because it gives it a more textured, unique surface. It is possible to polish granite for the elegant shine, but be wary of it becoming slippery to walk on. Granite is also a much more durable material. It is not porous and won’t absorb moisture as easily, making it a better choice for kitchens. It is extremely resistant to scratches and you can count on your granite to last for years to come.
Cons: Granite’s durability stems from the immense pressure it is subjected to during formation. However, the process also makes it an incredibly brittle material. While it will be durable and damage resistant once placed, installation is a very taxing process. Edges can be easily chipped off if hit too forcefully and we recommend hiring a professional team to install it for you with the correct tools. Because of its density, granite will be very hard underfoot. It is one of the hardest rocks available for homes, which will last for years but won’t be as comfortable.
Both marble and granite are beautiful and durable options for your Shallotte home. Speak with a professional at Floor Coverings International Shallotte to understand the limitations of your stone tile and figure out which is best for you. Call us today for a free in-home consultation and estimate!