Historically, marble has been used for counters, bathrooms and kitchens for thousands of years. This was because marble is beautiful, but also easy to work with hardened steel tools. You can see marble countertops in homes in ancient Pompeii and Rome and throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle-East. Generally, marble is a strong, hard-wearing stone, many marble kitchens and bathrooms are hundreds of years old and still in daily use.
Granite has been used for construction for thousands of years. But granite is a particularly hard stone and hardened steel saw blades are not effective in cutting it into thin 20mm slabs. This stopped its widespread use as a kitchen and bathroom material.
It was not until the 1970′s and the wide availability of diamond-tipped saw blades, that it was possible to commercially produce granite in 20mm slabs. Granite is a beautiful material, but also retains a high polish and resists stains and surface damage. Granite kitchens and bathrooms have now been in daily use in households around the world for over 40 years, and look as good as they did when they were first installed.
When choosing between granite and marble, or engineered stone, try to learn as much as you can about the individual type of stone, and its history, which can help to give you a guide as to how the stone will perform in the next 3 years, 30 years, or even 300 years!