MARBLE COUNTERTOPS

You will see marble in any commercial space aspiring to be elegant and first rate. You see it in big banks and the best companies. Having marble countertops for the kitchen and bathroom vanity in the home will also impart the same air of classiness. We at Keystone Granite believe strongly that you cannot go wrong with marble. Here is some information about marble countertops you ought to know.

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Cost of Marble Countertops

Marble slab prices are similar to other natural stone slabs. A homeowner can expect to spend about $60 and up per square foot, including installation, depending on the type of marble. Some slabs can go for as much as $300, and it will be worth it if the rest of the house reflects that type of investment. In most cases, it would be good to go for a marble countertop that reflects the general level of elegance and style of the home.

TESTIMONIALS

Marble countertops are incomparable in terms of beauty and elegance. Despite its drawbacks, many of our customers have nothing but praises for the work we did in installing their marble fixtures. Here are just a couple of testimonials from satisfied customers.

“My wife and I are very pleased with the installation of the granite and marble. Egi and his crew did a great job, very efficient and tidy. Everything looks terrific!”
Jack B., Lancaster, PA
“We are very happy to have done business with Keystone Granite & Tile. Marble & Granite. Everyone has been professional and friendly, and we are very pleased with the end results as well. The countertop installation and plumbing are all done. We wanted to thank you and make it a point to tell you that the marble install crew were very professional, they were neat and well organized and they worked very well together as a team. As employers, we are impressed with that – teamwork doesn’t happen as often as is necessary! Best of all, our new countertops are just gorgeous!”
Tom & Yvonne, York, PA
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Many people confuse marble with granite, but they are completely different. Marble is an metamorphosed rock, which means that it was once limestone or dolomite (protolith), but under extreme heat and pressure the original mineral is broken down and recrystallized into what finally turns into marble. Pure white marble comes from pure limestone or dolomite. Colored marble and those with veins are a result of contamination from other minerals.

Uses of Marble

Marble is the favorite stone of sculptors and architects in ancient Rome and Greece because it is relatively soft and easy to carve without shattering. It also reflects light in a distinctive way, attributed to the low refraction index of calcite, giving the stone a waxy glow. Its use in classical sculpture is why it has become the symbol of refinement and taste. For all these reasons, sculptors prefer to work with marble to this day.

Crushed marble has many industrial uses. It is mixed with other materials to provide aggregates for use in highways, building foundations, and railroad beds. Pure white crushed marble is used in paint, plastic, grout, putty, whitewash, paper and cosmetics as a coloring agent (whiting) and filler.

Marble suitable as a dimension stone, meaning it is mainly for structural and decorative purposes, is mostly light colored, although there are dark or even black marble with white veins, which usually means they are not completely natural. Natural marble slabs are especially favored for kitchen countertops for making pastries, and bathroom vanities.

Durability

Marble is a relatively soft stone, rating a three on the Mohs hardness scale. It is not resistant to heat and highly porous, which means it stains easily. It is especially susceptible to acids. As such, it is not suitable for heavy use as a kitchen countertop. Marble with a honed finish is preferred for use in countertops because it does not show scratches as much as a polished finish would.

Safety

Because marble is relatively porous in its natural state, it can harbor bacterial growth. However, sealing can take care of the porosity problem. However, it is the ideal surface for making temperature-sensitive pastries if it is highly polished and sealed appropriately. This is because it remains cool even in hot weather.

Cleaning

It is important to wipe up any spills from a marble countertop to keep it in pristine condition. As mentioned above, it is relatively porous and reactive to acids. Coffee stains, lemon juice, and toothpaste may leave a permanent and unsightly mark on marble. It is possible to remove stains on marble, but it would be best to avoid making them in the first place. Regular maintenance of marble countertops involves water, mild detergent with bleach, and a soft cloth. Avoid strong abrasives and detergents containing ammonia as it will scratch and discolor the marble. We recommend resealing marble countertops once a year in heavy traffic situations so that it will last for years to come.

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Value Added To The Home

Marble countertops in the home can add considerable value. Home buyers are increasingly looking at natural stone countertops as a must-have when looking at prospective homes, and marble countertops have the strongest appeal for buyers that look for more than functionality in their kitchens and bathrooms. The wow factor or marble countertops is typically enough to increase the resale value of a home by at least as much as you spent putting it in, and probably more. At any rate, it can become the star of the show when the time comes to put a home up for sale.

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