Description:  It has a natural crystalline texture and will often appear to glint in sunlight.  Granite comes in an almost endless variety of colors, patterns, and grades.  On the hardness scale, if high in quartz, granite can register up to a 7.  Granite is typically a complex mottled pattern that hides stains well.  Granite has large crystals, around the size of a peas or rice grains, which creates a coarse, sparkly look.  It is stain-resistant and durable.

Material:  Granite is a common, natural, coarse-grained, intrusive igneous rock that often includes quartz, mica, and feldspar.

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Description:  Marble does not have as high performance characteristics as granite and is not as hard and it can etch, scratch, and absorb more readily than granite.   Marble can have a pattern or be pure white so stains stand out more than in granite.  Marble has a very elegant and luxurious look and the fine crystals crate a snowy or satiny look.  Depending on the colors and patterns, the look can be quite dramatic.  Marble is high maintenance and less durable than granite.

Material:  Marble is a natural substance consisting of calcium carbonate but compressed and in crystallized form.

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Description:  Quartz is a good performance product because it emulates stone but is not porous so requires no maintenance and does not absorb.  Therefore, it resists stains and doesn’t need sealing like granite and marble do. It can come in patterns that mimic granite very closely, but is predictable and more uniform than real stone.  You can also get it in colors and patterns not found in nature.

Material:  Quartz is a man-made product that is made in a manufacturing site where it is formed from the hardest portion of granite, the mineral quartz but mixed with polymers and pigments.

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