Things to Know About — Using Marble for Kitchen Countertops
Marble, particularly white marble, is a very popular choice with today’s designers and consumers. Marble has been used as a work surface for centuries, and will last a lifetime. However, there are characteristics that the consumer should be aware of prior to selecting marble for their countertops:
1. Marble is a softer stone than granite so it can and will scratch. The typical granite is about 7 on the MOHS (Measure of Hardness Scale), where diamond is 10 and Talc is 1. Steel is a 5, and the typical marble is about 3.5. This means that a knife put on granite will become dull while a knife put on marble will scratch the marble. Scratches can be repaired but it is a costly process and the results are not always perfect.
2. Marble is a porous material and will stain if not sealed properly. RE Marble & Granite always seals marble with a permanent sealer. This sealer will prevent staining (discoloration) permanently – it will not have to be resealed.
3. Marble etches if acidic materials come in contact with it – even if it is well sealed. That means if the marble is polished – that shine will be etched away when acid reacts with the calcite in the marble. If you spill a glass of wine or place a glass of lemonade on polished marble, the sealer prevents any discoloration but you will see a ring or ‘puddle’ mark etched in the polish. For this reason, many kitchen applications use a honed marble rather than polished, because etching does not show as much, if at all.
4. Marble has been used in kitchens for a long, long time and the patina of scratches and etching becomes part of the beauty of the material. However, it should be said that if you want a perfectly polished look for the life of the stone, you should stay away from marble and consider either Quartz or Granite for your kitchen.
5. Finally, if your stone does get scratched or etched it CAN be repolished. This does take time and money but can be done.
To: All Customers
From: Dave Brassard
Our famous ‘One Week Turnaround’ is a significant sales feature that helps you complete jobs faster, with less interruption to your life.
Certain stones have significant movement and features that allow different looks for a job, based on how we layout the pieces. Our tradition of producing the most beautiful design while minimizing seams, optimizes the use of your slab, and our designs have kept customers returning for 15 years!
We use a digital template process and Slabsmith software that drive our WaterJet CNC Saw. Slabsmith allows us to create different layouts by rearranging the pieces on the slabs to make your counter design and the seam areas, as beautiful as you have dreamed about!
If you wish to be involved in the design/layout process, it will add 2–3 days to the schedule. This includes reviewing digital photos and perhaps making changes to our suggested design.
It is important for us to know at the time of the order that you wish to approve the layout. In general we do not have flexibility in the schedule to allow the change to be made once the order has been placed. Late notice could delay an installation by a week or more.
Please help us adhere to our promised installation dates and avoid potential mistakes or delays by scheduling jobs that need slab layout approval with an appropriate turnaround time.
Thank you for your business!
RE Marble and Granite is proud to host our 4th annual New Product Fair and Open House on Wednesday, July 30th! The event will be held on the beautiful 17 acres surrounding our showroom, and will be a great opportunity for trades-people and designers to see what RE is all about. Over 35 vendors will be in attendance – from stone distributors and plumbing fixture suppliers to structural engineers and home theater experts to small business services. Five Star BBQ will be smoking ribs and chicken all day, GPR Masonry will be cooking brick-oven pizzas, and Able Ebeneezer Brewery will be pouring pints in the afternoon. With over 150 RSVPs, we anticipate an even better event than last year! Says sales manager Michael Hauptly-Pierce, “Networking, product knowledge, and ribs — now that’s what I call an event!”
July 30th 2014