Mystic River Marble

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Mystic River Marble Slab
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Mystic River

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Country : India

Product Description

Marble stone is formed from limestone, superheated to form its unique crystalline structure. Our marble countertop selection is unmatched with over 50 marble color options and patterns to choose from. Marble countertop surfaces are timeless with their classic beauty and elegance. If you are looking for a surface to sustain through the ages, this natural stone countertop material is perfect for you. Its naturally cool temperature is pleasing for cooking as well as keeping any workspaces temperature controlled.

From ancient history, mankind has had an ongoing love affair with all things marble. Why not have marble in your kitchen in the form of marble countertops?

Marble carries with it the weight of its legacy, but now owning a marble countertop is not limited to the wealthy. That is because not all marble countertops need to be quarried slab marble; there are cultured marble countertops that are more within the affordable range for the rest of us.

And if seamless slab or cultured marble are unaffordable, homeowners can always find a ready solution by using marble tiles instead. Owning a marble countertop is now within the reach of the middle-class.

Where Do Marble Countertops Get Their “Look”?

One of the best qualities of marble countertops is the variety of color and veining. Laminate and solid surface countertops (i.e., Formica or Corian brands, respectively) all attempt to reproduce the beauty of marble, yet with mixed results.

Marble is a metamorphic rock, which means it changes from its original, sedimentary form (in this case, limestone or dolomite rock) to marble under severe pressure and heat. That highly distinctive aspect of marble–the veining–is the result of impurities in the original limestone. Under extreme pressure and heat, the original materials completely re-crystallize. The purest marble is white, type that Renaissance artists carved into statues.

Cultured Marble Countertops

If you want the marble look but not the marble price, a viable and cost-effective avenue is the cultured marble countertop.Cultured marble counters are made of crushed marble and a manufactured thermoplastic resin, and poured into pre-cast molds to suit your project. Unlike natural marble, the resins in cultured marble lend non-porosity to the material.

That means that stains on cultured marble countertops are of less of a concern than natural marble counters. Cultured marble countertops have a gloss or flat finish, and can come with integral sinks or allow for a drop-in sink.

Can you DIY-install a cultured marble counter? Absolutely. With minimal tools, any homeowner should be able to install the cultured countertop. Natural slab tops are simply too heavy and require more specialized tools and procedures to install. Cultured countertops are custom one-off products: no two are exactly alike, and the varieties available are more or less made to order. Some varieties include onyx, granite, two-toned, and can be made with fancy inlays. Cultured marble countertops are cheaper than solid surface (such as Corian), but more expensive than laminate (such as Formica), and provide a more affordable solution to those looking for the beauty of marble without the price tag. One drawback: this surface is prone to scratching, and is not heat resistant. You can’t use it in the kitchen for these reasons, but they excel in bathrooms.

Advantages of Marble Countertops

There are plenty of reasons why man- and womankind over the centuries have valued marble as a practical surface, not just for marble countertops, but for other uses:

  • Fancy Details – Marble countertops can be fabricated to have fancy ogee edges (as well as other profile styles), due to the softness and overall workability of marble.
  • Cutting – If you’ve worked with marble tiles, for instance, they cut easier than granite, which is prone to chip more easily. Marble cuts like a dream. This allows for fancier design capabilities without the fear of damage, relative to other types of stone.
  • Decent Durability – Even with marble’s inherent “softness,” it is still hard enough to withstand high traffic.
  • Resists Heat – It’s an ideal work surface. It is also heat resistance, lending itself well to kitchen use.

Disadvantages of Marble Countertops

Marble countertops have many disadvantages, too. It is not just the cost of marble countertops that stalls many homeowners’ dreams, but some practical issues such as:

  • Scratches – Scratches tend to be more of an issue with polished marble. As a natural mineral, there are varieties of marble with varying degrees of hardness, but scratches are a pretty common concern, particularly in kitchen applications.
  • Staining – Due to its softness or porosity, its also more of a pain to service as staining can be an issue. Certain foods, especially on the acidic side, can result in permanent stains. Sealing the marble countertop and keeping up with sealing on a regular (usually annual, though more frequent if you are an avid cook) helps mitigate staining.
  • Repairs – Repairs on marble countertops are not simple, unless the countertop is marble tile. In the case of marble tiles, you simply replace the damaged tile. Replacing a marble tile individually–without affecting surrounding tiles–is a painstaking task that you may want to leave in the hands of professional tile installers. The good news is that the cost of replacing one or two tiles is minimal.

Should You Install Marble Countertops? Words of Advice

With all of these concerns, you may be asking yourself if installing marble countertops is a smart choice. That question can be answered in a couple of ways.

  1. Appearance – Do you like the way marble looks? Do you enjoy the statement that marble makes? If yes, then the concerns of scratching and staining can be addressed by taking a little more care with the surface, being careful not to use the countertop as a cutting surface, and sealing it regularly (as the sealants wear off over time).
  2. Maintenance – If you can discipline yourself to properly maintain your marble countertops, then you can be the proud owner of timelessly beautiful marble countertops. If your love for the warm and unique appearance of marble outweighs the minimal maintenance required, then it’s worth it. Marble maintains its value, and adds equity to any home or office.

Strength and Scratch Resistence of Marble

While some marble can be very hard and vitreous, like granite or ceramic tile, much marble can be easily scratched and stained.

Because of its tendency to stain and scratch, marble countertops in kitchens and bathrooms is not always the most practical choice. Not only that, marble is so porous and absorbent that it will soak up stains that are almost impossible to clean.

However, with proper sealing and maintenance, marble can be made to work for countertops. Often, homeowners look at this issue holistically: marble’s attractive appearance and value as a property value generator may outweigh the practical concerns.

So, marble is often a good choice for walls. But if you’re installing it on floors you need to make sure that it is resilient enough to withstand foot traffic.

The Colors of Marble

Marble is limestone that has been pressed by the earth’s pressure to produce a hard substance of crystals and beautiful lines and colors. Marble can have nearly any coloring, from blacks to white, and with a number of fantastic colors in between such as green and pink.

Grout Choices for Marble Floors

If you are installing lighter colored marble, you will want to use grout that is of a matching color or lighter in color. With most natural stone, you do not want to use dark or gray colored grout because such grout detracts from the beauty of the marble. A floor made of 12 inch square tiles, with just the right shading of grout, can take on the appearance of a single slab of marble instead of individual tiles—provided, that is the look you are aiming for.

Installation of Marble

Think twice before installing your own marble tile. Natural stone is a difficult medium to work with, and that is why there have been professionals for thousands of years who specialize precisely in this. One problem is that marble is so expensive: you really do not want to make any mistakes.

But as with any kind of tiling work, the real work concerns those pieces that must be cut. Any pieces that can be installed full size are easy enough to work with. In fact, marble counters (not floors) can be installed simply with silicone caulk squeezed onto the countertop sub strata: much easier than working with thinset mortar.

At the very least, if you are cutting your own marble you will need to buy or rent what is called a wet saw. Your ordinary Skilsaw will not be able to take on the job.

Additional Information

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Level B

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