How Hard is Natural Stone? An Infographic

Hardness of natural stone slabs

How hard is natural stone exactly?

Comparing the performance of marbles, granites and quartzites is never easy, but is absolutely crucial when choosing a piece. As the slabs are completely natural, each is made up with individual mixtures of similar minerals. This is how we categorise stone into types, granite, marble etc. With natural stone, no two pieces are exactly alike, in look or in composition. This uniqueness is the magic of natural stone!

Making your decision.

With natural stone it is a bit of a trade off – you always need to weigh up your wants, style and taste against the performance. Then you decide what you are willing to compromise on. If you’re a total perfectionist and want that white benchtop looking crispy new forever – but have your heart set on Calacatta marble – you may need to consider a quartzite instead. If you’re more relaxed and don’t a bit of red-wine loving on your stone benchtop, choosing marble will not be a problem for you. One of the best things about natural stone is that there’s always an option!

Our infographic positions Soapstone, Marble, Granite and Quartzite on Moh’s Scale of Hardness, compared with relatable and universal items. The scale is designed relatively, comparing different minerals to each other. It starts at 1 and ends at 10, from the softest to the hardest. This means that the higher numbers can scratch the lower numbers. For example, a knife blade can scratch marble, but it cannot scratch quartzite.

We hope this infographic will make the selection process easier for you!

How hard is natural stone? Infographic showing the hardness of natural stone slabs

Stone Benchtop Factors to Consider

Stone Benchtop Factors Infographic VSG

Shopping for the right stone for your benchtop is a big decision and ultimately a lifetime investment!

There are a few important things to factor in in terms of practicality, your lifestyle, budget and of course the look that you’re going for in your kitchen. But don’t let that daunt you – there’s an option for everyone. We’ve put together a quick glance at what stone benchtop factors we think might help when considering your choices.

Carrara Marble is a timeless classic from Italy. It is in the higher-end range but worth every dollar, and will add value to your home. Marble is a very soft and delicate stone, that requires the correct sort of care. Being more porous than any other stone, regular sealing and maintenance is a must.

Granite, on the other hand, is one of the hardest minerals which could be used indoor or outdoor and will out-stand more wine spillages and children’s fingerprints than any other. Our friends at Granite Benchtop NZ compiled a Caring For Your Granite cheat sheet just to show you how easy it is.

Sourced from Brazil, Quartzite stone isn’t like anything else we’ve seen before. Its exotic natural patterns and colours formed from impurities mixed in during the formation process make it unique to any other stone. While it imitates the Marble-look, it offers the durability and strength of Granite. Quartzite is a great choice for a statement benchtop piece.

Trendstone Quartz is man-made but made from up to 93% natural Quartz and straight to the point – it’s basically indestructible and very affordable. The properties and patterns of each slab are always identical and are great if you want the book-matched look. If you’re after a particularly big surface, Trendstone XL comes in 3.4 x 1.9 m. These slabs broadening your options on what you can do with the stone and ultimately lessen the cost.

While the list of stone benchtop factors goes on, we hope this can help point you in the right direction. We are always happy to answer any other inquiries and encourage visits to our Warehouse in Dandenong South.

Call us to make an appointment, or take a look at our product catalogue.