Kitchen Remodeling & Marble Counter tops, Style & Care Guide

Kitchen Remodeling & Marble Countertops, Style & Care Guide

From the time of ancient civilizations marble has been the luxurious choice of royalty. Today, when it comes to selecting a beautiful natural stone for your kitchen countertop, marble countertops remain the top choice for many homeowners.
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Marble comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns depending on the species and the cut. Nothing is as white in nature as natural marble. It offers a unique color and veining, unlike any other natural stone.

But there are factors to consider. Marble is not a perfect product. That being said, if you take some care, choose carefully and know what to expect, your marble countertops can offer a lifetime of beauty and functionality.

Let’s explore the world of marble countertops for your kitchen, from the different styles available to tips for caring for your luxurious new kitchen countertops.

VARIETIES AVAILABLE

For most people, when thinking about marble, their first thoughts go immediately to creamy white stone with sophisticated natural veining. The fact is there are hundreds of colored varieties available, in all colors including taupe, green, gold, red and black.

While the popular products from Carrara, Italy are incredibly dense and non-porous, marble is a nonfoliated metamorphic rock that is composed of calcium carbonate (the same ingredient used in over-the-counter antacids) or magnesium carbonate. Both of these elements react with acids like vinegar or lemon juice.

Acid on marble can cause etching, a reaction between the acid and the calcium in marble. Even after sealing, etching can happen. That’s why understanding how to care for your marble countertop is important.

On colored marble surfaces, these etch marks are visible as white areas and are much more noticeable on non-white marble countertops. This is why many designers will stick to white when considering marble for the kitchen. While the Italian varieties like Statuario and Calcutta are highly prized, equally beautiful high-quality marble is available in the US including Vermont Danby and Colorado Yule and may be slightly more affordable.

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SELECTING THE PERFECT SLAB FOR MARBLE COUNTERTOPS

Every slab is unique, so the best choice is to work with your designer. There’s an art to selecting the perfect slab. You need to understand where the veining is going to be located on the countertop. The best designers will artfully place the markings so that they flow almost like a painting.

A great designer will consider how the pieces fit together, the longer the slab, the better. It reduces seams and lets the natural beauty of the stone shine. If you do have seams, proper cutting book match pieces so that adjacent pieces will have a mirrored look.

VEINING

Every producer and quarry are different, but certain types of marble can be cut to accentuate unique veining patterns. Crosscut or Feuri, for example, can create slabs with an open flowering pattern, which looks random and is perfect for book matching. Vein cut or Striato slices the block the opposite way to create a linear, striped appearance.

DIFFERENT FINISH CHOICES

Technology has changed the stone cutting industry. Today, homeowners have more finish choices than ever before. Different brushing and polishing techniques can create finishes that can be described as leather, brushed or river washed. The most popular choices, however, remain polished which is glossy, and honed which is a matte finish. If you’re concerned about acid etching, a honed finish can hide etching better than a polished one.

Because of its relative softness, marble can be worked with easily. With the availability of CNC or computer controlled machining, marble edges can be artfully etched and sculpted to create beautiful edge patterns for a unique look.

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Leather Finish Countertop

CARE AND MAINTENANCE

Marble needs periodic sealing for best performance, but it’s not foolproof. If you choose a honed finish, etch marks can be well hidden and can usually be removed by lightly scrubbing with Comet paste using a Scotch-Brite pad. If it’s a polished surface, professional care is recommended.

Marble is also prone to staining, but it can often be removed using an alkaline poultice that gradually pulls the stain out of the stone as it dries. Any of these applications will also strip the sealer so, after any intense cleaning, sealer must be reapplied. In cases of severe damage, marble can often be sanded down or polished to return it to like new condition.

At Joseph & Berry, we are experts in the selection and installation of luxury materials like marble countertops. Our designers can help you to choose the perfect slab, create unique, exciting designs and our team of professional installers can help you to give you the countertops you desire in your dream kitchen. If you’re planning a kitchen makeover or complete remodel, give us a call. We’re always happy to show you al of the options available to you for your dream kitchen!

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