Marble has always been considered an elegant stone, with a truly unique look and feel. It has long symbolized extravagance and wealth, originating from its early use in palaces and temples centuries ago. Marble sculptures were commonplace in these structures, and admired for their beauty as well. The surface of marble countertops can be finished in a number of ways. When polished or honed, it has a very formal look. On the other hand, if it is tumbled or antiqued, it possesses a more casual appearance. It is important to mention that marble is formed from limestone. The texture and composition of limestone is altered by the pressure and heat in the earth’s crust. Large grains of calcite are formed through a process known as re-crystallization. Thanks to metamorphic events, marble is formed. Often, limestone and travertine are referred to as marble because their surfaces can be polished to a high gloss finish. The main mineral in marble is calcite, which is why it is highly reactive to acid. Anything containing acid will cause the surface of marble to etch. Etching occurs when a dull ring or mark becomes evident on the stones surface. Some culprits of this are vinegar, lemons, ketchup and orange juice.
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Marble can be fabricated and used in any number of settings, from lavish hotels or government buildings, to residential. Its uses include vanities, sinks, flooring, closets, fireplace surrounds and limited countertops. Marble is also visible in architectural trim, sculptures, benches, pillars and fountains. Ornate detail can be achieved, because it is an easier stone to carve into. It is important to note that this natural stone is not able to withstand an enormous amount of abuse. You should never cut directly on the surface, and it can easily scratch by simply sliding a ceramic dish across the surface. It is worth mentioning that soapstone is even softer than marble. Something you should keep in mind when shopping for countertops..
There are many choices in marble usage, such as marble countertops, fireplace surrounds, vanity tops and more..
Marble in its purest form is white. However, marble countertops available in many other colors such as creamy neutrals, warm earth tones, golden-yellow hues and even jet black. What sets marble apart from other natural stones, is the veining that moves through the stone. This veining, coupled with a contrasting color, gives marble its unique character.
An overall design plan can be impacted, depending on how the surface of marble is finished. The surface can be polished to a high gloss, giving a more formal look to the space. The shine and reflection adds a bit of bling to the decor. Polishing it has an added advantage in that it helps to seal the porous surface and protect it from damage caused by spills etc. Honing the surface of the marble kitchen countertops is another optional finish. It has a matte like look to it that is non-reflective. This can also lend itself to a formal setting, in that the surface looks smooth and silky. It helps to reduce any visible etching that might have occurred to the surface. If you are looking for a more casual look, the surface can be tumbled or antiqued. Both finishes are achieved via chemical or mechanical means to achieve an aged appearance.
Regardless of the color, finish or type of marble couuntertops you purchase, it is guaranteed to draw attention to any room in your home. It is best to keep in mind your family dynamics and how it is suited to your lifestyle. Marble is a durable natural stone that has been used for centuries. It is a one of a kind look, so if you are willing to maintain it, you will be thankful that it found a place in your home. Visit one of our locations in VA and MD if you are considering using marble countertops in your house in Virginia, Maryland, or Washington DC.
Please use this material index as a reference to some of the most common stones we offer. Due to the nature of the products, color selection varies per location and as we frequently receive new shipments of slabs, some colors may not be available for viewing on this website.
Please visit our slab showrooms to see our latest Marble Countertop inventory.