What Is Marble
Another material that we use here is marble. Marble is a metamorphic rock that contains a high concentration of calcite or dolomite. Its name actually means to sparkle or gleam. There are several different variations of marble based on the minerals that give it color and veining.
Here are some of the most popular types of marble that are used for countertops:
- Carrara is a white or blue-gray marble from Italy
- Connemara is green and is found in Ireland
- Creole is a white or blue and black color found in Georgia, USA
- Etowah is a pink, salmon or rose color found in Georgia, USA
- Murphy is white and is found in the USA
- Parian is very white and is found in Greece
- Purbeck is gray and brown and is found in the UK
- Ruskeala is white and found in Russia
- Sienna has a yellow color to it with various colored veins and comes from Italy
- Swedish Green is green and like the name suggests, comes from Sweden
- Vermont White is white and comes from the state of Vermont
- Wunsiedel is white and comes from Germany
- Makrana is also white and comes from India
Marble does very in the size of grains and how much veining it has. Stone that is quarried from various parts of the world have very unique appearances. Fine – grained marble tends to be more consistent in color. If the grain of the marble is heavier, then there is more color variation.
Finish Options For Marble
Here are some different finish options that are available for marble:
- Honed or matte finish – with this finish, the marble is sanded to a smooth and almost soft feel. This type of finish can mute the color but does a good job in hiding scratches or imperfections.
- Polished – with this type of finish, the surface of the marble is ground down and buffed to produce a very rich luster that sparkles. This polished surface brings out the color and the veining, but it is also very susceptible to showing scratches or other imperfections.
- Leather – most people preferred this finish on darker colored marble. This finish can hide scratches and fingerprints while still offering some of the gleam and luster.
The type and style of marble that you may like is simply of matter of personal preference. Part of the fun of creating a new kitchen or bathroom is shopping for the right look that you have in mind.
If you have questions about marble, then we are here to help. We will be glad to sit down with you and go over the various options that are available to help you get the look and feel you desire.