In our business marble seems just like more popular word for the stone than granite. Customers also seem to get impression that marble is more popular and has more value than granite. Fairly true, but there are differences between marble and granite, in fact there are a differences between marble and all other natural stone countertops.
Marble is much softer stone than granite and we do not recommend it for at least kitchen countertops. By that we mean we do not recommend it for heavy use where it could be scratched pretty easy, since it is very soft stone. Now, don’t get discouraged to look into marble surfaces, because we also think that marble has more beautiful characteristics than granite and there are plenty of design ideas with marble colors in entertainment areas and bathrooms for example. Cost wise, marble tends to be little more expensive in most colors than granite material, but to us as fabricator, it doesn’t matter, labor cost is always same. Maintenance of marble is almost same as granite, but we always recommend our customers to seal the marble top with sealer every 5 to 6 years and take extra caution with other materials that could scratch marble.