When it comes to selecting countertops, marble remains a top choice for many homeowners. It’s no surprise that marble countertops and backsplashes are so popular—the material has been attracting fans for millennia. Marble is a natural material with great variety and creates a really lovely natural pattern, which you don’t get with a lot of artificial materials.
Interior designers are obsessed with marble for the whole home and, of course, for the kitchen. Marble countertops, for some time now have been seeing a rebirth of their presence in kitchens all over the country. Both in its classic white and in a variety of colors with striking streaks and unique style, marble countertops offer classic elegance and old-world charm essential for farmhouse style kitchens and other popular design trends.
Pure marble is almost entirely white though it can vary in color from white to black. Impurities such as silica, iron oxide and graphite give it its characteristic rich veining, clouding and color. Because marble forms under varying degrees of heat and pressure, it exhibits a broad range of denseness and hardness. Among marble options, white marble is the most popular and universally loved.
However, it is essential to choose high-quality marble from a trusted source. Northstar Granite Tops is the trusted name in marble countertops for the Twin Cities and we would like to tell you a little more about it.
Marble, a non-foliated metamorphic rock is composed of recrystallized carbonate minerals (calcite and dolomite most frequently) is a form of metamorphosed limestone. Throughout the ages, it has been plundered for use in sculpture and as a building material.
Every stone slab is slightly different, so it’s ideal to select the exact pieces of stone that will be used for your countertops. At the same time, it’s important to consider how different pieces come together. Every quarry is different, but it’s possible to cut certain types of marble blocks two different ways to achieve unique veining patterns.
Besides its natural beauty, there’s a reason marble has historically been so popular for sculpture: It’s easy to work with tools. Add modern computer numerical control milling machines to the equation and almost anything’s possible for kitchen decorating. In fact, there are countless edge profiles to choose from.
Generally, marble is not suitable for kitchens because it does scratch and chip easier than granite or quartz. However, because marble develops a patina as it ages in the home, it can make beautiful “old world” looking kitchen countertops.