Choosing marble for kitchen countertops is more popular today. Most people have come to realize that the difficulties associated marble countertops are mostly myths. If you are not convinced, perhaps these facts about marble countertops will convince you. Here is everything you should know about choosing marble for kitchen countertops.
Marble is classic
You will not find anything that beats marble as a dimension stone when it comes to esthetics. It is a class of its own in the minds of many people, and it will take more than a few etch marks to change their minds.
Marble is available in a myriad of colors and patterns, but classic white marble remains the most popular choice among designers and homeowners. This is mainly because you will not find anything whiter than white marble in nature, and its unique patina is very attractive. Engineered stones and other natural stones cannot hold a candle to the beauty of marble.
Marble is natural
Marble is nearly the perfect natural stone, but its very nature makes it vulnerable in some ways. Marble slabs such as Carrara from Italy are quite dense and nearly non-porous, and this makes them very durable and stain resistant. However, no marble is proof against acids because of its base chemistry.
The composition of all types of marble is mainly calcium or magnesium carbonate, which easily reacts to the presence of any acid, including weak ones such as lemon juice, wine, or white vinegar. This reaction results in etch marks, which is indicative of an erosion of the surface of the marble. Leaving any acid for a considerable time on the surface of even sealed marble will lead to etching, although the seal does retard the reaction. This gives the homeowner time to wipe away the acid before it has time to dull the surface.
The good news is it only takes a little care to make sure that your beautiful marble countertops remain etch-free. Keep any type of acid away from it as much as possible, and wipe away any spills as soon as possible. If you do this, your marble countertops will continue to serve you for many years.
Marble is colorful
Most people choose white marble, but you actually have a wide choice in terms of colors. These range from a luminous white with very little veining to a deep black with beautiful shots of white. In between these two opposites are some lovely variations, including pink, red, taupe, green, and gold.
If you are choosing marble slabs for kitchen countertops, however, you might want to stick to classic white. This is because etch marks leave behind a dull, white blemish which is more noticeable in colored marble than in white. Among the best types of white marble are Calacatta and Statuario, both imported stones to the US. However, US-sourced marbles such as Vermont Danby and Colorado Yule are also high-quality stones.
Choosing marble slabs
Each marble slab no matter where it comes from is one of a kind. You have to determine where you will be putting them before choosing slabs so that you have an idea of how to match them. The inconsistent veining and patterns of natural stones such as marble make this challenging, but not impossible. In most cases, your countertop specialist will help you design your countertops so that you have a minimum of seams, and then help you choose the slabs. In some cases, you might be able to get book-matched slabs.
When you go to a marble slab warehouse, you will notice variations in the way the veins look. Some will be linear, while others seem to bloom or branch out. These are the results of two different types of cut carried out by the processing plant.
Marble slabs come from a large block of stone quarried from the mother rock. The processing plant can choose to cut the slabs following the grain. This is the striato or vein cut, which results in linear veins. The plant can also choose to cut across the grain. This is the fleuri or crosscut, which results in blooming or flower-like veins.
Of the two styles, the vein cut is more common. However, the fleuri cut is more appropriate for book-matching slabs as the mirror effect is much more noticeable with these bolder slabs. Both styles result in attractive stones you can choose for your countertops as well as backsplashes, walls, and floors.
Choosing a finish
Marble countertops were either polished or honed because no other finishes were available. Today, however, you can choose other finishes and textures, including one that looks like an orange peel. These unusual finishes can set your marble apart.
However, choosing a textured finish can be a problem when it comes to kitchen countertops, as they can be hard to clean and on which to work. Your best choices are polished or honed, although a polished finish will tend to show etch marks rather quickly. If you want to keep your marble countertops looking pristine without much trouble, choose a honed finish.
Choosing the edge
The edge treatment of your marble countertops can change the way it looks. It can look modern or traditional simply by our edge choice. You can typically get a simple edge profile such as a square edge without additional cost. However, complicated edge treatments such as an ogee usually come at an added cost to your countertop quote. Modern machines have made it much easier to produce these complex profiles, but it still requires considerable time and skill to produce it.
Overall, people seem to prefer the simple edge treatments when it comes to marble countertops, perhaps because it does not distract from the features of the stone. The most popular choices are eased and bullnose edge profiles, which also serves to protect the marble from chipping.
If you know everything you should know about choosing marble for kitchen countertops, you should see that you have nothing to fear. If you take reasonable care and follow the tips laid out here, you should be enjoying your marble countertops for many years to come.
Keystone Granite & Tile can help with your marble countertops if you are in the areas of Columbus, Ohio, Delaware cities, Lancaster and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
We have showrooms with hundreds of potential slabs of marble and granite in Lancaster and Horsham, Pennsylvania as well as New Castle, Delaware and Columbus, Ohio. We will walk you through each slab and point out which ones you can use for your kitchen countertops. If you prefer engineered stones, we also carry the top brands in the industry such as Cambria, Caesarstone, Silestone, and MSI, all with manufacturer warranties.
Once you have chosen your slabs, we provide free professional design consultation and quotes so you know exactly where you are before committing. We also have a quick turnaround, so you will get your products on time and on budget. We are experts at fabricating and installing engineered stone, marble, and granite countertops, so you can be confident that you will get the very best in product and service quality.
Give us a call or send us an inquiry through our website to set the ball rolling!