May 27, 2014
-- Marble has been used to create decorative surfaces since ancient times and it gives off an unique, elegant appearance that cannot be matched by other natural stones. The unique colors, swirls, veining, and patterns within the marble are caused by limestone deposits within the stone that have been re-crystallized by pressure and heat. Graniterra Kitchen, Bath, and Stone Design Studio in St. Louis offers fabrication and installation services for marble countertops in remodeled kitchens and bathrooms. They import each of their high quality marble slabs from quarries all over the world.
One of the main advantages of marble countertops (http://www.graniterra.com/
is their design versatility. The natural veining, colors, and patterns that occur in the marble surface vary widely to create a range of unique looks. Marble surfaces are typically given a soundness rating that ranges from A to D to describe the appearance and quality of the marble with A being the highest rating. The different grades show varying amounts of veining and colors that help determine the rating. Marble countertops are available in a thin polished finish for a shiny surface or a honed finish to create a smooth, satin-like appearance. Both finish types require occasional sealing for protection.
In addition to its design versatility, marble countertops have several other benefits including their durability and easy maintenance. Marble countertops are extremely durable and with the proper maintenance they can last for many years. Effective maintenance for marble countertops includes regular resealing, re-polishing for polished marble, and using mild detergents to clean up spills as marble can stain. It is also wise to avoid putting hot items directly on the counter or using abrasive cleaners because they could damage the surface of the marble. Other advantages of marble countertops include their affordability, naturally cool temperature, and timeless style.
The granite countertop options that are available from Graniterra Kitchen, Bath, and Design Studio (http://www.graniterra.com/
) are available in a range of colors and patterns that have received a soundness rating from the Marble Institute of America. Their marble slabs are imported from quarries all over the world and the available colors and patterns allow for many unique options for a newly remodeled kitchen or bathroom. Contact Graniterra to learn more about their marble countertop installation services or browse their natural stone portfolio (http://www.graniterra.com/our-portfolio/natural-stone-por...
) to see examples of their marble slabs.