MARBLE IS HIGHLY DESIRABLE MATERIAL
Marble is a highly desirable material ubiquitous throughout the fields of sculpture, architecture, and design. It is a natural stone available in numerous colors and styles with connotations to antiquity and luxury. Here we explore its history both geologically and within the arts. We shed light on the famous region of Carrara, its quarries and workforce, and highlight exemplary uses within the 20th century and contemporary design.
All marble is a type of limestone, however, the term is somewhat broad and describes a group of rocks with varying petrographic aspects. In its most refined form – the famous white statuary marble of Carrara – it contains 98% calcite. This type was created over 200 million years ago from the skeletal remains of tiny calciferous sea creatures, which formed deep sediment on the ocean bed. As the earth’s tectonic plates shifted this sediment was subjected to enormous heat and pressure causing the calcium carbonate to crystallize. Over millions of more years this was slowly pushed to the surface and now forms the area we know as the Apuan Alps in Tuscany, Italy.
The Class of Carrara Bianco marble
On the opposite end of the spectrum to Carrara Bianco, there are marbles that display a riot of rich colours and patterns. These are also sedimentary limestones but are usually from detrital (formed of other rocks) or chemical (formed from precipitation of calcium carbonate from seawater) origin and are colored.
The attraction of Statuario Marble
People like marble primarily for its beauty. It has an elusive quality of softness not normally found in stone, and the delicate patina it develops over time conveys an elegant and sophisticated look. However, even though marble is softer than granite, it is still a very durable material, suitable for use a bathroom and kitchen countertops.
Most people recognize marble from the veining. Marble stone has a wider range of colors than most people know, but whether it is white or black marble, the veins are there. The color of the visible veins ranges in color from white to gray, depending on the color of the base stone and the type of impurities in the stone.
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It has been quarried since 500BC. Through the centuries Sivec was used for many building and reconstruction sites throughout the world. Its popularity derives from its classy white color used in large scale projects.
General Facts about Marble Countertops
People have been using marble slabs for many things for many centuries. These range from monuments to chessboards, but the most recognizable use for it is for sculptures.
Artists like to use marble because it is relatively soft and only looks better with age. They use only pure white marble, which is quite rare, as these have very little veining. On the other hand, architects like to use marble of other colors with rich veining for its esthetic features.
Using marble for kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities are a recent development, at least among ordinary folk. Marble as a dimension stone was very expensive, and only the very rich and privileged had it in their residences.
What You Need to Know Before You Install Marble Countertops
If you are aiming to install polished marble bathroom countertops, it is best to stop for a moment and read this article to learn more about the benefits and gripes about manufactured marble countertops.
The best marble countertops out there is an exceptional candidate for making a statement in your residential and commercial renovation. The exquisite and exotic aesthetics of marble exudes a pristine appeal in your kitchen and bathroom. Before making that call to hire our professionals, we are going to share with you some of the essential properties of natural marble slabs.
What is Marble?
Marble stone is naturally made from limestone which has undergone extreme heat and pressure. The overall impact of this process is the unique veining patterns and specks of colors around the slabs’ background.
Because it is mostly made from carbonate compounds, marble readily reacts with acidic solutions and causes etching. This is something pretty natural for marble, but if you want to get rid of this, you can go for our engineered marble countertops.
What Are the Colors Available?
In our factory showroom, we have a substantial collection of different types of marble countertops. Some of the common colors of marble slabs include white, black, pink, red, beige, green-yellow, brown, beige, purple, blue, Choosing the best color depends on your preference, but if you are having a difficult time, you can lean on our professionals to select the most suitable design and hue for your remodeling.
When it comes to modern themes, our stark white marble countertops is a winner. Most customers choose this one because it amplifies the brightness and sophisticated appeal in their kitchen and bathroom. This hue pairs well with earth-tone colors for your accessories, furniture, and cabinetry.
In contrast, other popular marble colors include black, beige, and green. Black marble countertops make a good contrast and focal point when paired with your white or pale-colored cabinetry. Likewise, stainless steel finish from fixtures and accessories blends well with black marble.
What Marble Finish Suits You?
Well, we offer many finishes for your marble countertops, that is, polished and matte. Choosing which finish best suits you entails a few considerations and it must blend well with the existing theme in your kitchen and bathroom.
Marble Stone Finishes
An important as it is to choose a material that suits the function of a particular project, it’s equally important to select the appropriate finish for the material. When it comes to marble stone, the surface finish helps to dictate the functional characteristics of the material. For example, a honed surface will provide slip-resistance, whereas a polished surface will be highly reflective. The finish can also go a long way in affecting the color of natural stone. Some finishes will intensify the color while others will soften it.
Here is a primer reviewing the three basic categories of natural stone finishes: polished, honed, and textured.
Polishing a natural stone finish involves grinding, sanding, and buffing the stone to a high-gloss, mirror-like surface. It can only be done on crystallized marble stones, such as marble and granite for example, and it’s a very popular selection for marble stone finishing. A polished finish is very smooth and reflective.
Polished surfaces are commonly found used as interior and exterior wall cladding, fireplace surrounds, and kitchen and bath countertops. It’s a good rule of thumb to avoid placing polished finishes in areas with high foot traffic, as its reflective nature makes it more prone to scratches. On the other hand, the polish that coats the marble does offer some stain resistance. But it can get extremely slippery when it’s wet, so think twice before using polished stone on areas like the bathroom floor.
Honed finishes still involve grinding and sanding, but not to the point of a glossy finish. Unlike polished finishes, they’re not reflective. Rather, honed finishes are a satin-smooth surface that reflects very little light. Honed finishes have been popular throughout Europe for some time. But we’re really just now beginning to see this style of finish more here in the U.S.
Honing creates a more natural look that appeals to those who prefer an aged patina or a look that’s less formal than a polished finish. Honed surfaces are best for high-traffic areas such as flooring, interior wall covering, exterior finishes, fireplace surrounds, plus counter- and table-tops—and for good reasons. They’re typically a bit easier to maintain.
Depending on the level of grit used for the honing process, the surface may be easier to care for than polished surfaces. Since color is the result of light reflection, and polished surfaces provide more reflection, a honed countertop likely appears duller in color, with a less dramatic variation. It’s a great choice for homeowners who desire a subtle vein movement to their stone rather than dramatic color changes. Another good reason to choose a honed surface is that etching isn’t as noticeable as it is on a polished surface.
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There are several types of finishes that offer texture. In general, a textured finish is one that’s rough or uneven. One definite pro of choosing a textured stone is to create slip resistance. It’s also a great way to add a distinctive personality to a project. Here are but a few of the most common types of textured finishes:
This finish is obtained by brushing the marble stone with a coarse rotary-type wire brush.
The marble stone is subjected to the high temperatures of a flame or torch, burning off most of the carbon content. What’s left behind is textured quartzite with very gentle colorations. Flamed finishes are popular for outdoor use where slip resistance is an issue.
Looking somewhat like the texture of linen, chiseling creates fine grooves positioned closely together and parallel to the edges.
To achieve this industrial-styled look, a hydraulic bush is hammered into the surface of the stone. It creates a large number of close and small indents. The result is an evenly textured surface that’s ideal for non-slip characteristics in high-traffic applications.
Commonly used for marble stone tiles, tumbling involves placing stones in a solution of sand, water, and mild acid, which creates an old-world look that’s weathered and warm.
Polished Marble Countertops
When you want a sophisticated and expensive look in your kitchen and bathroom, then going for a glossy marble finish is an excellent choice. The mirror-like appearance of its surface reflects light inside your kitchen and bath.
With proper care and maintenance, you can effortlessly keep the shiny and exuberant appearance of your marble bathroom and kitchen countertops. Moreover, we recommend a glossy finish for areas where there are low-traffic and exposure with acidic spills.
Honed or Matte Marble Countertops
If you have a high-traffic kitchen countertop, then getting a honed finish marble is a good choice. With this, you are able to hide the minor scratch and dents caused by sharp objects and acidic liquids in your countertop.
A hone marble floor is also suitable for bathrooms and other high-traffic areas in your house because it prevents slipping. For skimpy bathrooms, we advise our clients to use large marble tiles or slabs to give an impression.
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