Among all countertop choices, marble takes the highest vote for luxe countertops. In nature, you will never find anything as beautiful as marble. You will never find the colors of marble figuring in any other natural stone.
Marble, however, is not a perfect material. Although there are good-quality brands of marble, such as products from Carrara, Italy, which are dense and not very porous, every type of marble has a weakness. As a non foliated metamorphic stone, marble is made up of calcium deposits and magnesium carbonate, which are reactive to acids. Acidic liquids such as lemon spills and vinegar will etch marble, leaving behind a whitish, dull mark.
But if you make a careful choice, know exactly what to expect, and take good care of your Sacramento Marble Countertops, they become a beautiful addition to your kitchen.
In this post, we have compiled some tips on how to choose the perfect marble countertop, even for first time buyers!
Choose bright colored marble countertops if you are concerned about stubborn stains on your counters.
When people think of marble, they think of a creamy surface. Marble is, however, available in a variety of colors, including slabs that are taupe, gold, green, black and red. For kitchen countertops, however, we advise our customers to stick to bright colored marble kitchen countertops. Since acidic etching leaves whitish marks, these marks would be more noticeable on darker surfaces.
Think about how your marble counters will come together.
Every marble slab is unique, so it’s best to choose specific pieces of marble that will be used for your kitchen countertops. Marble has an art—which is why we help our customers select slabs knowing exactly where each veining is going to be located on the kitchen surface. You should artfully place the markings so that it appears like a painting.
Remember to also consider how different pieces will come together on your Sacramento Marble Countertops. If you can get long slabs without any seams, the better for you. If you have seams anyway, try to book-match your slabs so that adjacent pieces get mirrored appearances.
Take the veining patterns of your marble countertops into consideration
Every marble mine is different, but there is a possibility to cut out certain marble blocks in two different ways so that the end result is two different patterns. Cross cuts, or fleuri cuts, produce open flowered patterns which would look fairly random, and this makes the slabs ideal for book-matching. Veining cuts, or striato, cuts through marble slabs in the opposite directions so that the end slabs are linear with striped appearances.
Transform the look of your marble kitchen countertops with stylish finishes
The production of marble has been affected by the massive technological wave, so that there are different finish designs available for marble. These include stylish brushing and polishes. It is possible to get an orange-peel-like texture which is sometimes referred to as leather, river-wash or brushed finishes
The most popular finishes however, are polished, which can look glossy sometimes, or honed, and matte at times. If you are worried about acid etching, go for a honed finish.
Curved edges on your marble counters
Besides the natural beauty of marble, there is a reason why it has a historic legacy: Marble is easy to fabricate. With the modern computer numerical controls, it is possible to decorate your marble kitchen countertops into anything.
There are various edge profiles you can choose from, but most of our customers prefer a simply eased edge, which will take the sharpness away from any straight 90-degree corners. Natural stones such as marble are brittle, therefore if you hit a marble surface with a hard object, it will chip. With curved edges, chipping is highly unlikely.
It’s also possible to engrave the edges of your Sacramento Marble Countertops with pattern of your choice
The best method of living with marble countertops is to simply accept that they will patina over time. If you have visited a bakery or pizza place to see marble patinas, and you love it, then this is the best surface for you.
Block Tops Inc is the premier provider of marble kitchen and bathroom countertops in Anaheim, California. Call us today to get a free no-obligation estimate for marble slabs.