Countertop experts discuss differences between marble and granite

Countertop experts discuss differences between marble and granite

Where can you use marble or granite?

Angel Wadman: You can do fireplaces, shower walls, kitchen countertops, vanities, furniture such as coffee or dining room table tops - we've even made jewelry boxes from them.

Pete Rusomaroff: You can do floors, walls, countertops, tables, fireplaces, showers - pretty much whatever you desire.

Matt Schuckman: You can use them for kitchen countertops, fireplaces and vanity tops, to name a few.

When is it better to use either marble or granite?

Wadman: Marble is more porous and scratches easier, so it's better for places like guest bathrooms that don't get used much. Granite is a harder material that's less porous.

Rusomaroff: Granite's pretty much indestructible: it's hard to scratch and you can't burn or stain it. Marble is softer.

Schuckman: Kitchen applications would be best for granite. Marble is softer and tends to etch more easily from the acids in citrus or cleaners, so it's best used in a bathroom atmosphere.

How often should marble or granite be sealed?

Wadman: There are two different sealants. One is a once a year sealant and the other is every 15 years.

Rusomaroff: We use a 15-year sealer.

Schuckman: We use a 15-year sealer that penetrates the material farther than a topical sealer, which you would have to reseal once a year.

How much does marble or granite cost?

Wadman: We charge by the square foot and our prices are determined by estimate.

Rusomaroff: We charge $58 a square foot, and most of our jobs average around $4,000 to $5,000.

Schuckman: We price it by the square foot and you're looking at $60 to $65 per square foot installed.

What's the most interesting installation you've done?

Wadman: We've had several people use leftover scraps to make sidewalks.

Rusomaroff: We made a big granite floor mosaic that matched the customer's stained-glass window.

Schuckman: We installed an onyx bar top with lights. The material transmits light so the stone lights up.

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