Buying marble countertops for the kitchen
Marble is a luxurious natural stone surface that lends both warmth and sophistication in any space. When buying marble countertops for the kitchen, it is important to note that the price, softness and susceptibility to staining of marble makes it not a very good candidate for use in the whole kitchen. Instead, fabricators and design consultants from Block Tops Inc. advise it to be used on kitchen islands or baking areas where it can be more useful.
Enriched with crystals and different colors, marble countertops come in different shades, including cream, white, black, pink and shades of green.
Marble is a metamorphic rock. Meaning that at one point, it was a different type of rock that changed to become another. It contains crystalline limestone which makes up for the different colors and patterns.
The beauty of marble countertops is as a result of its formation. Marble is formed initially from a dolomite rock or limestone transformed under intense heat in the center of the earth’s surface. These intense conditions cause limestone to transform, creating the distinctive patterns and colors of marble. The beauty, value, luxurious nature and usefulness of marble will add value to your kitchen.
Realizing the great following that marble countertops have, Block Tops California Countertops Company developed this buyer’s guide for marble countertops. Read on to be enlightened.
Buying marble countertops for baking areas
The thickness of Marble Countertops can range from a three-quarter inch up to an inch and a quarter, of course according to the customer’s preference. The most common overhangs are one inch or one inch and a half. Edge profiles on the other hand, depend on personal preferences as well but the most popular profile for baking areas is straight.
Types of marble available for countertops in California
Carrera is a blue-gray or white type of marble with relatively soft veining. It lends a vintage charm to the kitchen. Calacatta or Calcutta also comes in shades of white, although it has more distinctive taupe veining.
Forms of marble available for purchase in California
There is a lot to be said about the advantages and disadvantages of every form of marble, but for the sake of this buyer’s guide for marble countertops, let us stick to just two forms.
Marble slabs are the best option for bakeries because you can get seamless or solid slabs. However if you have arched or curved counters, you will have to settle for a few seams.
Marble tiles on the other hand, are for people who would love the look and feel of marble but are restrained by the cost. Marble tiles are more affordable. The best part about having marble tiles is that even after the installation, you can reserve the remaining tiles, to be used for future repairs and replacements.
Know the downsides of marble when buying marble countertops
Looking at the maintenance requirements of Marble Countertops in kitchens, a little prevention will go a long way: You can start by placing trivets under hot pans, set coasters under wine glasses, use cutting boards instead of slicing vegetable directly on the counters and wiping away any spills the moment they happen. Marble is very prone to etching, therefore make sure to handle acidic foodstuff carefully. Also try to avoid cleaning your counters with vinegar or any other abrasive.
Wiping your marble countertops with a soft soapy cloth on a daily basis is enough. Mild household cleaners and detergents are also okay. You can also ask your fabricator to recommend a few cleaners specifically made for marble.
Remember to have your marble countertops sealed immediately after installation. Your fabricator should also provide a buyer’s guide for marble countertops highlighting how to care for your surfaces.
Although marble is a bit pricey, the smooth, cool surfaces are the best choice for baking or to use as a pullout slab.
If you are thinking of buying California marble countertops for a high traffic kitchen, Block Tops Inc. is more than happy to help you with your selection. Visit any of our California show rooms and we will show you the best side of marble countertops.