Marble Slab: Toronto’s Finest Countertop Material
There are many types of
countertops available to today’s homeowner, including laminate, solid surface,
engineered quartz, stainless steel, porcelain and granite. However, those who
appreciate fine stone prefer the beauty and elegance of the marble slab countertop.
Toronto homeowners have never before had access to so many different varieties
of marble slab, at such affordable prices.
The Marble Advantage
Marble is a metamorphic stone
created when limestone is subjected over time to heat and pressure in the
earth’s crust. Carbonate and any accessory minerals recrystallize and form
large grains of calcite. Hard and compact, the resulting marble is relatively
soft and can be polished to a high shine. Marble is a translucent stone with
the ability to reflect light, giving it a luminous quality.
Depending on what minerals are
present during the recrystallization process, marble can take on colour. Marble
can range from pure white calcite to deep mahogany shades, with a rainbow of
colour in between – ensuring that you will be able to find the perfect marble
slab for your kitchen countertop.
Marble is classic and timeless,
and its natural beauty is compatible with any type of décor. It can be highly
polished or finished with a honed or matte, surface. As well, there are
numerous types of edges that you can choose to reflect your personal style,
from sleek lines to ornate traditional edges.
Marble is also a great surface
for cooking and baking. In fact, marble’s cool surface is de rigeur for pastry
chefs. It’s easy to clean with just a damp cloth and it repels bacteria, mold
In addition, making a modest
investment in a marble countertop can pay great dividends. Studies show that
stone countertops add resale value to your home and may even be a factor in the
speed of home sales.
Caring for Marble
Obviously, marble is durable.
Many of the most famous classical structures, monuments and statues are made of
marble. Famed marble buildings include the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Taj
Mahal, the Parthenon and other ancient Greek buildings such as the Temple of
Apollo at Delphi. Monuments include the Washington monument, which is
constructed of three different types of marble, and many of Canada’s First
World War monuments both overseas and at home. Marble statues include such
familiar works as the Venus de Milo andMichelangelo’s David.
Marble will last through the
ages. Your marble countertop is tough, durable and made to last. However,
marble may be stained when it comes into contact with acidic substances such as
tomato juice, red wine or orange juice. Because it’s a softer stone than
granite, marble is also more susceptible to scratches. Some marble owners
embrace the patina that a well-used marble slab acquires, but others work hard
to keep the stone as pristine as possible. Most spills can be wiped up simply
with a damp cloth; as long as they’re not left on the surface for any length of
time, they should wipe off easily. About once a year, the marble should be
resealed, a simple process requiring less than an hour.
Visit a Toronto area stone
importer’s showroom today and learn more about beautiful marble slab