TYPES & CHARACTERISTICS OF STONE SURFACES The stone you have purchased for your home or oﬃce is an investment that will give you many years of beautiful service. Simple care and maintenance will help preserve beauty for generations to come. There are many choices of material to use. Below are some general characteristics of the most common surfaces used for residential surfaces. Granites and marbles are quarried throughout the world in a variety of colors with varying mineral compositions. In most cases, marbles and granites can be identiﬁed by visible particles at the surface of the stone. Marble will normally show “veins” in high concentrations. The minerals in granite will typically appear as small ﬂecks distributed uniformly in the stone. Each type of stone is unique and will vary in color, texture and marking. Granite is more dense than marble and as a result much more scratch resistant than marble. Marble is not recommended for high traﬃc high use surfaces for this reason.