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Learn More About Marble, Granite & Quartz through Our FAQ

Kuccina Stones often hears questions regarding the properties of our natural stone products. We hope you find the information on this page useful and invite you to contact us with any other questions. Our family owned and operated business looks forward to serving you.

Q: What is marble?
A: Marble is metamorphic form of limestone, composed of fairly pure calcite, which is a crystalline form of calcium carbonate. Marble results from the metamorphism of sedimentarycarbonate rocks, most commonly limestone or dolomite rock. It is often used as a building material, in sculptures and various other applications.

Q: What is granite?
A: Granite is a common dimension stone that has been used in flooring tiles, countertops, commercial buildings, monuments and other applications. This natural stone is part of a widely-occurring group of intrusive felsic igneous rocks that form at great depths and pressures under continents. Granite consists of orthoclase and plagioclase feldspars, quartz, hornblende, biotite, muscovite and minor accessory minerals such as magnetite, garnet, zircon and apatite.

Q: What is quartz?
A: Quartz stone or engineered stone is a composite material made up of 93% quartz and 7% polyester resin and pigment. This surface is known for being non-porous, practically indestructible and nearly maintenance free. It resists stains that are caused by wine, juices, food coloring, fingernail polish and tea. The non-porous and non-absorbing nature of quartz stone surfaces is very hygienic. Quartz does not harbor bacteria, which makes it the perfect choice for kitchen countertops.

Q: What is the difference between granite and marble?
A: First, consider the similarities.
Granite and marble are natural products which means there are variations in colour and pattern. Both come in a wide range of colours and patterns and both can be stained by oily or coloured foods. This susceptibility to staining requires annual resealing. Both stones are relatively heatproof and they won't scorch.

Now, consider the differences.

Granite is a much harder, stronger and durable stone than marble. It resists impacts and scratches better and it is resistant to acids like lemon juice or vinegar. On the other hand, acids can etch the surface of marble permanently. Marble surfaces also tend to crack and scratch more easily. Granite commonly has a complex mottled pattern that hides stains better than marble. Consequently, for hard use, granite is a better choice and we find that most people seem to recommend granite for hard use areas like countertops.

Aside from the practical considerations, marble has extremely fine crystals which create an elegant snowy or satiny look. Marble’s colours and patterns can be quite dramatic. Granite tends to have larger crystals, approximately the size of peas or rice grains. This creates a coarser, more sparkly look. Granite comes in a wider range of colours and patterns than marble.

Q: What is the difference between granite and quartz?
A: Granite and quartz composite surfaces are similar in that they are heat, stain and scratch resistant and capable of lasting a long time. Both materials are fairly low maintenance.

But there are many differences. Firstly, granite is a natural stone that comes straight out of the earth while quartz is an engineered product composed of mostly natural material. The unique veining and patterns from granite is impossible to duplicate and therefore it is usually considered aesthetically superior. Conversely, quartz stone is available in colours not found in natural stone, like bright blue.

It’s also important to consider that quartz polished surfaces don’t need to be sealed like granite and other natural stones, which keep them from staining. Quartz is generally non-porous, which means there is less chance of water or food becoming trapped.

Q: What can damage granite or marble?
A: High impact blows will likely cause harm to your countertops, as they would to any solid surface. Because of its structure, natural stone can chip if subjected to sharp hard objects. Also, if left unsealed, granite and marble can absorb stains, which can lead to darkened areas or discolouration.We advise that you avoid using generic cleaning products such as bleach, degreasers, vinegar, ammonia, or glass cleaner. For more information, consult our care guide.
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Phone :514-335-6667
6655 W. Henri-Bourassa Blvd.
Saint-Laurent, QC
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