Marble takes the leading place among time tested materials for countertops – this is the classic that looks good in the kitchens of all styles.
But everything has its disadvantages and marble isn’t an exception. Susceptible to staining and scratches, marble is a natural material that is covered by patina during operation. But while one people like when the whole history of their work in the kitchen is told on their countertops, others are not happy about this. Read this article and think about whether you need this material or don’t.
What is marble?
Marble is a metamorphic stone extracted in the mountain regions of North America, South America, Asia and Europe – from Colorado to Brazil and Italy. It is formed by means of physical or chemical compression of sedimentary rock under influence of warmth and pressure. The stone has a cristallic structure that can be polished. Marble also has veins of mineral sediments that are different on each stone.
Marble is one of the most porous metamorphic stones. That’s why it is so susceptible to staining. Owing to its soft structure, marble is esily scratched. Chemical composition of marble (calcium carbonate) makes it especially sensitive to acid solution that erode its surface. However marble is durable, heat-resistant and is not subject to splits.
What are colors of marble?
One of undoubtful advantages of marble is that it is extracted in a variety of natural colors. It can be black, white, grey, green, yellow and pink, with dark sharp veins or a soft faint pattern. According to architect Elisabeth Roberts, uneven veins perfectly contrast with even lines in kitchen interior.
Despite a huge selection of colors, the most used and classic is white marble. It is perfectly adapted to any style and looks great with any material, can be mat or glossy. The advantage is that scratches are not visible of a white surface.
What coatings does marble have?
The most widespread coatings for marble are mat, glossy and so called antique.
Does marble require special topping?
Yes, it does. Because marble has a porous structure and is susceptible to acids. There are two types of topping: exposed and deep.
How to take care about marble?
To maintain marble you need to do a couple of simple actions (however, they don’t prevent patina formation):
So, what are pluses and minuses of marble?