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Marble: A Timeless Classic
That’s Always In Style
Marble has been prized for sculptures, decorations, and architecture since the time of Ancient Greece. It is a metamorphic stone that forms when limestone is subjected to immense heat and pressure. The intense heat it is subject to is what gives marble its distinct crystalline appearance. Marble comes in many colors, including white, brown, blue, gray, and green. Marble is known for its unique “veiny” color streaks that give it an exceptional elegance most other stones can’t match. Because of its versatility, Cincinnati homeowners use marble for all kinds of home improvement projects, including kitchen marble countertops, kitchen islands, vanities, bathroom marble countertops, flooring, and fireplace surrounds.
If you're looking for just the right look with a Cincinnati marble countertop, give us a call today at (513) 771-7111.
Marble: What You Need To Know
Marble slabs are relatively soft material, which makes it more prone to scratches. Surface hardness of minerals is measured using something called the Mohs scale which runs from 1 (very soft) to 10 (hard like a diamond). Marble has a hardness of 3, whereas granite has a hardness of 7.
Marble’s softness makes it less practical for countertops than granite, but its softness makes it easier to re-polish to maintain its appearance. That’s why marble is so popular for flooring applications. Marble is more common and accessible around the world than quartz, which makes it a little more budget-friendly.
With marble, be sure to blot up all spills right away to reduce any chance of staining. Marble is much more sensitive than granite and engineered quartz to acidic substances like wine, coffee, fruit juices, tomato sauce, sodas, toiletries, and cleaning products that can etch or dull the surface finish.
If you wipe up a spill and it has already created a stain on your marble countertop, remove the stain right then and there. Remove oil-based stains with a liquid detergent, organic stains with a mixture of 12% hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia, and water stains with dry steel wool.
Chips and scratches can occur on marble. These can be addressed in a few ways, including polishing them out or filling them with other materials. For the best results, professional repair is the safest approach.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the benefits marble provides:
The look of marble is unlike any other stone. Marble often has distinct color-streak patterns that make it stand out from other materials. Marble is a smooth stone that can be manufactured with a gloss-polished or honed finish. Let’s be perfectly honest: not many home improvement projects get as much praise from houseguests as elegant white marble countertops.
Many homeowners choose marble for kitchen countertops because of its resistance to heat. You can set hot pots and pans on marble without fear of damaging it. That said, marble is a porous stone that is generally softer than granite. As such, it can scratch, so you must ALWAYS use a cutting board with marble countertops. You’ll also need to wipe up spills immediately and seal marble countertops to prevent stains.
The price of marble in Cincinnati is comparable to granite, ranging from about $40 to $200 per square foot. The price is not determined by the quality of the slab, but rather a variety of factors that include thickness, color, and variations. The value and look marble brings to your home makes it a more than worthy investment. It is a long-lasting stone that will bring true beauty to any project you’re considering for your home.
The 6 Crucial Things You Should Know
Before Choosing A Countertop Company
It’s simple to see what past customers think of a granite and stone company by looking at online reviews. Google Reviews is a great resource to vet a countertop company. Pure Granite & Stone has a 4.6 star ranking on Google, which is due to our absolute insistence on client satisfaction.
Very few companies win the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award. You can be sure any company that has won this award recently is in good business standing, carries the proper licenses, passes background checks, maintains an “A” quality grade, and has exceptional reviews.
HomeAdvisor confirms that every review it receives comes from a verified customer of the company they are leaving the review for. Companies cannot write fake reviews on HomeAdvisor, so everything you read about a contract on the website is 100% authentic.
Larger, more “corporate” companies are all about speed and making sure that your “job” is cut and polished quickly and out-the-door as fast as possible. We, on the other hand, prefer to think of ourselves as craftsmen. We cut and polish everything by hand and triple-check everything before it leaves our shop. For example, edges that come off an automated machine have tiny score lines on them which you can feel with your hand if you inspect closely; our edges are smooth and silky to the touch. When you visit, ask us to show you the important differences between hand-crafted stone and mechanically processed countertops.
Pure Granite & Stone isn’t set up like a factory. Instead, we are set up to work together to create beautiful pieces of art that families and friends will love when they’re sitting around the kitchen table eating, drinking, and talking together.
If you do it “their” way, by the time your countertops are installed and ready to use, you’ll have invested countless hours visiting stone wholesalers, waiting for workers to come move large slabs of stone with forklifts so you can examine your options, and running back and forth between the stone yard and granite company to manage all the details.
At Pure Granite & Stone, we simplified the process by half. We know that your time is extremely valuable, and that there are many ways to streamline the process to save you energy and help you make better and faster decisions.
Our experts are directly involved in educating you about options, pointing out obvious and hidden features of stones, helping you avoid inexperienced mistakes, and selecting everything you need for a stunning new, long-lasting, stone countertop.