What You Need to Know About Your Marble Countertop

Marble and Granite are the most popular choices for kitchen and bathroom countertops. They offer durability and beauty of natural stones. Their unique color patterns and luxury feel fit right in with contemporary, as well as traditional décor.

What is Marble?

According to Geology.com, marble is a metamorphic rock, mostly composed out of the mineral calcite and contains other minerals, such as pyrite, quartz, mica, clay, and iron oxides. It is formed at convergent plate boundaries where large areas of Earth’s crust are exposed to regional metamorphism.

What Does Marble Look Like?


Marble comes in a large variety of colors ranging from pure white to black, white being the most popular choice for home decor. Based on the type of marble, it normally has a deviating veiny pattern going across the entire slab. 

Granite shares many similarities with marble, but the main visual distinction between the two is that granite tends to have a spotty pattern rather than a veiny one.

Both granite and marble are not manmade materials, but pure products of nature, therefore they do not have continuously identical patterns. No two pieces of stone are the same and even one piece can have unexpected deviations in the spotting or veining, which sometimes might look out of place or get mistaken for defects.

  

How Are Marble Countertops Made? 

Marble forms in large deposits in nature, which can be hundreds of feet long. Using heavy duty machinery, marble is harvested by breaking it down into cubes, which are later cut into slabs and sold to manufacturers worldwide. The slabs get fabricated into units based on the industry. Eventually, they become walls, floors, kitchen and bathroom countertops and parts of other miscellaneous projects.

Maintaining Marble 

Even though marble is an extremely durable and long-lasting material, it needs some care and maintenance to preserve its unique beauty. When buying a marble top bathroom vanity, make sure to find out if the marble is sealed, which is extremely important in order to avoid staining. At Chans Furniture all of our vanities are sold with sealed countertops. Marble needs to undergo resealing once a year, no matter where you got it from. 

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