Marble countertops remain the top choice for homeowners because of their attractive natural veining patterns, density and stain resistance. They do have their flaws, but they are undeniably reliable and sturdy.
Here are a few important tips to keep in mind before making a purchase.
Cracks vs. Fissures
Marble countertops can have cracks and fissures, but there’s a difference between these two imperfections. Cracks happen mainly due to mishandling while fissures are naturally occurring on marble surfaces. That said, fissures won’t affect the durability of your marble countertop. In fact, they can even add to your countertop’s unique appeal.
Your contractor should measure the available counter space. The measurements should be exact so that you can ensure a perfect fit. If you plan on having a sink in your countertop, your contractor will determine where the sinkhole will go. The standard thickness of marble kitchen countertops is 1 and ¼ inches, but they can also be thicker depending on your preference.
Marble countertops are available in different shades. If you’re unsure what color to choose, go with white. White goes well with most kitchen aesthetics, so it will likely match your cabinets. Furthermore, white marble isn’t prone to vinegar acid etching, which is more pronounced on colored marble surfaces.
There are two ways to cut marble blocks to achieve unique veining patterns. Cross cut or Fleuri cut creates an open flowered pattern, which looks random and is great for book-matching. Meanwhile, vein cut or striato produces a linear, striped appearance.
A simple eased edge eliminates the sharpness of a straight 90-degree corner while bull’s nose is a timeless favorite that features the profile of a half-circle.
You can count on Granite Works to provide top-notch kitchen remodeling services. And whether you’re looking for marble granite, we can help you find trustworthy suppliers of kitchen countertop materials. Call us at (301) 640-5010, or fill out our contact form to talk to our experts.