Marble Material for Countertops
Marble has rich arrays of beautiful colors and for this has been valued for thousands of years for building material and creating masterpieces.
Once found only in the homes of the wealthy, now marble countertops are much more accessible because of improved technology and increased availability. This does nothing to decrease marbles image of sophisticated elegance.
Marble is a crystalized metamorphic stone found in various regions of the world. Created by the physical or chemical aleration of sediment into a dense stone through heat and/or pressure, the result is a crystalline rock with veins of mineral deposits that give a unique pattern.
Using marble for countertops is a look that is versatile enough to fit all types of kitchen styles. it is a heat resistant stone and generally doesn’t chip or dent. However marble can be more susceptible to staining since it is a more porous stone. They may also etch and scratch a bit easier than granite. Therefore a honed finish is advised for use in areas of high use and traffic and a polished finished for areas that receive lighter use.
Colors of Marble Stone
Marble is available in a wide variety of natural colorations – hues of white, black, gray, green, pink and even green. Marble can have subtle patterns as well as dark and prominent, irregular patterns.
White marble, however, remains the most popular choice for use in kitchen countertops. Probably because of the incredible versatility and adaptability.
Q: How durable is marble for use in a kitchen or bath?
A: Marble has been used as a building material for thousands of years and many buildings and statues stand from ancient cultures.
Marble does require simple maintenance for it to retain its beautiful appearance for the life of your home. As a calcium based material it is susceptible for etching – which is when acids eat away at the stone at a microscopic level leaving dull spots, staining, and scratching. Marble is more porous than granite, so it is recommended that a penetrating sealer be applied regularly to protect your marble counters.
Q: How do I care for my marble countertops?
A: Use a soft cloth or sponge along with mild soap and water or mild cleanser. Do not use abrasive cleansers as these may scratch the surface.
Q: How often do I need to reseal my marble?
A: It is recommended that you reseal your countertops every six months.
Q: Is there anything I can do if my marble is scratched or stained?
A: Marble can often be restored. If something happens to your stone, please contact us and we can provide you with contact information of someone who specializes in the restoration of stone surfaces.