GETTING STARTED WITH GRANITE AND MARBLE
What do I need to consider when buying marble or granite?
Because they are natural stones, marble and granite possess a remarkable natural beauty that has captivated humans throughout the ages. Inherent in such natural products is a certain lack of predictability that architects and designers celebrate. Consumers who are less acquainted with the material expect the marble or granite ordered to be identical to the picture or sample they were shown. Although sample stones are intended to be representative of the quarry’s product, slabs may differ slightly in color and veining from the sample. Moreover, even a single marble or granite slab will possess a certain amount of color variation from one end to the other. Interior designers and architects have come to view this tendency of natural stone as an advantage. Slight irregularities can be pleasing, introducing an element of the natural into human-designed spaces, whether residential or commercial.
Should I use marble or granite for my kitchen countertops?
Although typical application of marble is for the bathroom, it is possible to use it in the kitchen with extra care. However, due to the fact that it is easy to scratch and is affected by acidic substances such as vinegars, ketchups, etc., we don’t usually recommend it. Moreover, the high gloss of the marble countertop can be partially lost as chemicals etch its surface. Granite’s polish, in turn, is not subject to etching by household acids or scratching by knives, pots and pans under normal use.
Is it necessary to seal stone?
Since mineral surfaces are porous, they absorb liquids, which may result in discoloring and staining. Although there are many commercial grade products available on the market that may bring the stone back to its original luster, simple precautions and regular maintenance can save a lot of trouble and cost. All of our marble and granite countertops are sealed before they leave our shop. The impregnating sealer penetrates the stone, clogging most of its pores and making it impervious to alcohol, juices, soft drinks, cosmetics, cleaners, coffee, food and oil. With the course of time and depending on how heavily the tops are used, the sealer gets washed out. The clear indication of this happening is easy absorption of liquids into the countertop. Marble should be sealed at least every six months and granite should be sealed at least once a year.