AVAILABLE MARBLE OPTIONS FOR YOUR COUNTERTOPS
Marble and for the sake of ease what we have chosen to call the marble family – limestone, travertine, marble, onyx – starts out as sediment – animal skeletons and shells, plant matter, silt – at the bottom of bodies of water. After many centuries this solidifies (lithifies) into stone. Because its main component is calcium, it can be affected by acids such as vinegar and citrus beverages.
Marble is a softer stone than granite and more prone to stains or scratches. For this reason, high-traffic kitchens that see a lot of action are better off using granite or quartz. Marble is very commonly chosen for bathroom vanities, elegant dining tables, offices, backsplashes, fireplace hearths, tub decks shower surrounds and walls. It can be used for kitchen islands and countertops, of course, as long as the homeowners understand the care and maintenance that go into a marble countertop. Don’t let a wine spill or slice of lemon sit, and prepare yourself emotionally to see a few scratches or a little patina develop over the years.
Don’t be afraid to install marble–though it’s not as indestructible as granite (and to be fair, almost nothing is!) it’s still a tough and gorgeous material that will add class and luxury to any home.