Marble is the stone that originates from metamorphic rock. As the name suggests it emanates from deep within the earth and has become a popular sought after mineral. As a result of a multitude of impurities embedded within the earth marble is distinguished by its veins created by these impurities. Historically it has been recorded as being used in its purest form by Renaissance artists who carved statues from the rock.
Until recently marble was always labeled as `the rich man’s rock’. It was most often seen in sprawling mansions where marble was imbued upon the countertops and shelves. It usually got guests gasping at its glamour. Today however, with restructuring of molecules and the increase of synthetic materials , a type of marble called cultured marble has become accessible to the middle class. The use of Formica still attempts to retain quality, looks and colour. A lower price tag with a marble finish has become the raving home beauty accessory. Cultured marble has become cost –effective and better still; they can be bought and installed, DIY style!
With a spike in home remodeling and renovations around the world, marble has become the famous choice of beauty with a purpose. Thousands of kitchens have been endowed with this beauty. There are various types of marbles. They range from the Brianco Carrarra gray to its splendid sister Carrarra, who sports a starker, whiter background. The Calacatta Gold is famous for its large flakes mottled with gold veins. Large veined marble slabs are however not the choice of homeowners who aspire towards the subtle look. They argue for a look that is rather slight, not glaring. Hence finely honed marble tops perfectly compliment any earthy hued kitchen. The other function of marble is not merely as a countertop but used as shelving and mantelpieces in homes too.
The down side of using marble as a countertop is that it becomes a continuously used surface because of its comfort and access in the kitchen. During heavy traffic and after a hard days work it becomes prone to cuts, scratches and scathes from knives and other equipment. It is also susceptible to ‘bonks’ and ‘plonks’ from kitchen appliances that chip and etches the stone. Marble is rather porous thus stains rapidly. Spills must be wiped up instantly. It requires diligent maintenance through sealing and resealing periodically with the required sealants as prescribed by the manufacturer. Maintenance and regular care will keep marble countertops in shape.
The advantages seem to outweigh the disadvantages. Not only is marble attractive, it is also workable and easy to mould into fancy designs. This material is durable and heat resistant as we as affordable. Perfect for the kitchen!
The number one suggested choice for your kitchen would be marble. It’s attractive, workable and durable. What other option is there?