Marble Slabs for Toronto Kitchens
The new "in” material for kitchen
countertops is the beautiful and elegant marble slab. Marble has been
associated with fine art and architect-ure through the ages, from the Taj Mahal
to Michelangelo’s David, from the
Parthenon to Rodin’s The Kiss. If you
want your home to have an air of luxury and sophistication, nothing but marble
will do! However, marble does have some drawbacks. This article will examine
the advantages and disadvantages of installing a marble countertop.
Advantages of Marble
The number one advantage of marble is the way that it looks.
Marble is a gorgeous natural stone. It catches and reflects light in a way that
synthetic materials simply cannot, and each piece of marble is completely
unique. Marble is available in every colour of the rainbow, as well as in
classic neutral tones. Patterning ranges from subtle flecks to dramatic
designs. Granite, another popular natural stone choice has many of the same
advantages, but if you’re seeking the classic look of bright white stone, only
marble will deliver.
Marble is the high-end interior
design material. If you want the best for your home, you want marble. Only
marble has that highly polished sheen that we associate with opulence and
value. Although marble requires an initial investment, natural stone
elements add value to the resale price of your home. A recent survey noted that
the two most desirable interior design elements for prospective homebuyers are
hardwood floors and stone countertops.
Disadvantages of Marble
Marble is softer than granite or other types of surfaces, and it
can scratch. Marks on your countertop may be unacceptable to you, or you may
take them in stride as part of your marble’s natural patina. One way to
minimize the appearance of scratches on marble is to opt for a honed (or matte)
finish rather than a high polish.
Acidic foods and beverages such as vinegar, tomatoes, red wine,
or coffee can "etch” the surface of your countertop if they’re not wiped away
quickly. Even non-acidic substances can leave a mark on marble if the seal is
not properly cared for. Again, some people want their countertop surface to
remain perfect, while others feel that an occasional mark is all part of life.
Because it’s natural stone, marble needs to be resealed on a
regular basis. Sprinkle a few drops of water on the counter. If the drops bead,
your counter is fine, but you will know your countertop needs resealing when
the drops spread or sink into the stone. Fortunately, the resealing process is
simple and takes less than an hour. Just clean the surface of the counter, and
then apply a sealant. Leave it for about fifteen minutes and then wipe it off.
Ultimately, choosing marble as
opposed to another type of countertop material comes down to your own personal
preferences and your lifestyle. Some people are put off by the idea of having
to reseal the surface; others are irresistibly drawn to marble’s beauty.
Visit a Toronto stone supplier
today, and learn more about marble and other natural stone products.