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WHITE COUNTERTOPS: GRANITE OR MARBLE?
Today with home building and remodeling at an all-time high, many homeowners are looking to white granite instead of marble to get that fresh, bright-white look for their kitchens.
The difference is that marble is more to susceptible scratching, staining, and etching, while granite is virtually indestructible when properly sealed. Because so many of our clients are searching for the perfect white countertop, we created this complete guide to white granite that will help you pick the perfect countertop.
HOW DOES GRANITE GET ITS WHITE COLOR?
The balance of minerals in granite determines its overall color. When you see a white granite, you can be sure that the main minerals are feldspar (opaque white) and quartz (milky white). The black specks or larger pieces of black in many white granites are called amphibole.
Due to granite being a combination of minerals, it is never a pure white. Pure white granite does not exist. Instead, there are some granites with darker off-white and some granites that have a bright off-white appearance. The latter often appears to be pure white because of the contrast created by large pieces of smooth dark minerals.