Marble is a natural material that is an historic favorite in kitchens and is trending right now. Each piece is unique and comes in a large range of colors and veining and is heat resistant.
Marble develops a patina over time and works with many design aesthetics. Since it is porous it can be susceptible to stains and requires a sealant and regular maintenance.
Carrara marble tends to be muddy in color, is not pure white, is less expensive and is often cut into tiles. Calacatta has bold veining with a crisp white background and is more rare and more costly. Marble is softer than Granite so is susceptible to scratches. But the aged beauty and patina often outweigh the the surface changes over time
GRANITE COUNTER TOPS
In today’s blog we discuss the Pros and Cons of Granite Counter Tops.
Granite is a very hard natural stone and has been used as far back as Ancient Egypt. It comes in many different colors and patterns due to the cooling and solidifying of molten materials. There is an almost limitless selection to choose from and no two granite counter tops are the same. Although it takes thousands of years for granite to form the industry has taken measures to use responsible quarrying and production practices. Granite counter tops can last a lifetime, contain no harmful chemicals and do not emit harmful radiation or gasses.
Granite counter tops are heat resistant and will not melt or blister when exposed to heat. Experts do recommend the use of a trivet when using appliances that emit heat for long periods of time, such as crock-pots. Since the material is so dense, there is a small possibility heating one area of the top and not the entire thing, could cause the counter top to crack. It is also scratch resistant. You can cut on it, but it isn’t recommended since this will dull your knives and possibly leave a metal residue behind that can be difficult to remove.
Granite counter tops should be repaired by a professional. It is rare to get a crack or chip in your counter tops, but if you do, contact the fabricator who installed your counter tops to schedule a service call. Most of the time, a color-matched epoxy can be used to fill the void and it will be virtually invisible. Granite is a porous material. Most fabricators will apply a sealer to granite counter tops before they are installed which will protect them from absorbing liquids too quickly. In general, darker granites are very dense and sometimes don’t even require a sealer. Lighter granites are more porous and may require multiple coats of sealer to be considered stain resistant. Granite counter tops are considered to be a low maintenance counter top surface.