Is a Noble Stone with Much to Offer
A countertop made from a marble slab can enhance any
GTA home. Marble immediately confers wealth and prestige as it has long been
used in palaces, cathedrals and important public buildings. Marble is
incredibly pleasing to the eye; its glossy appearance and gorgeous whirls and
striations are uniquely beautiful. It is clean, bright, and no two pieces are
alike. Your countertop will always be one of a kind.
Marble is also ideal for food preparation. It is
hypoallergenic and its high, impermeable gloss provides a sanitary surface for
preparation of food. It is easy to clean and disinfect. A naturally cool stone,
marble doesn’t conduct heat well – this is both physically pleasing on hot days
but is also perfect for the preparation of pastry.
Marble is widely available in a variety of colours and
styles. It is quarried all over the world – from the Italian Carrara, famous
for its whites, to green Connemara from Ireland. There are famous quarries in
the United States, in Vermont and Georgia.
– the Negatives
Every stone has its physical imperfections (which only
add to its appeal). However, every stone also has drawbacks that affect its
viability as a material for home renovation. Marble’s negatives have less to do
with appearance and more to do with functionality.
It is more delicate than other counter surfaces, such
as granite. It is susceptible to scratching and a cutting board is required for
countertop use. It also stains easily from anything acidic, like red wine and
some fruits in particular. Marble requires regular sealing to retain and
protect its beauty, and, if left uncoated, it can cloud. Honed or matte finish
slabs are probably more practical for kitchen use.
Marble runs the price range from very expensive to the
relatively affordable Carrara marble, which is at the lower end of all natural
stone in cost. It is definitely more affordable than granite, depending on
type. The increase to the resale value of your home with a marble slab
countertop more than offsets the higher initial cost.
After you buy your marble slab from the dealer, it is
sent to a fabricator who will tailor-make the piece for your kitchen. Working
from a template of your counter, the fabricator will shape the piece, bevel the
edges, hone the surface and add any other design elements you might want. The
fabricator can either install the piece himself or work with an installer. As
with most stone treatments, it is not advisable for the do-it-yourself weekend
handyman – this is a job for a pro.
There are some issues with installation that can add
cost to the project. Remember to factor in things like preparation of the area,
which might require removal of furniture or rebuilding of cabinetry. The
physical delivery of the stone is also a factor, as well as installation
A marble slab countertop will lend distinction to your
GTA home, as well as enhance its value.