Marble Slabs for GTA Countertops
Marble slabs make beautiful,
elegant countertops for GTA homes. While granite is more durable and laminate
is more cost-effective, marble has an inescapable appeal for those who
appreciate fine stone. Nothing brings elegance to a home like pure marble, and
a marble slab kitchen countertop is like a beautiful work of art.
While many homeowners don’t
consider marble due to its association with luxury, the truth is that marble
slab has never been so affordable. And research shows that investing in fine
stone countertops adds a great deal of appeal and value during resale of the
Marble is a metamorphic stone
that’s formed when limestone is subjected to extreme heat and pressure over
time. This process of recrystallization creates stone with large, coarse
crystals of calcite. These catch and reflect light, giving marble its unique
luminous quality. Other minerals are inevitably caught up with the calcite, and
these help to give marble its colours and patterning. Pure calcite marble is
white; minerals such as serpentine, hematite and limonite add colours such as
green, red and yellow, respectively. Marble is available in virtually every
colour, from Italy’s white Carrara marble to Spain’s Al-Andalus Red; from
England’s Ashford Black, to Swedish Green marble, with shades of pink, blue,
gold, cream, tan, grey and brown as well. Some marble is heavily veined. Other
marble has very little veining or subtle patterning such as flecks or streaks.
No matter what your personal style, there is a marble that’s just perfect for
Marble is quarried in various
parts of the world, including Canada. First, blocks of marble are cut from the
quarry. These are then shipped to a processing plant where they’re sliced into
slabs and finished. From the processing plant, slabs are shipped to stone
importers-distributors. There are a handful of quality stone importers in the
GTA that maintain showrooms containing a large selection of marble slabs. If
you’re in the market for a marble countertop, visit one of these showrooms.
(Never, under any circumstances, choose a countertop without seeing the whole
slab. It’s very difficult to get an accurate idea of colour and pattern of the
entire slab by viewing only a small sample).
When you visit a showroom, be
sure to ask any questions you might have about marble. Staff should be both
knowledgeable and welcoming. One GTA stone importer-distributor makes it a
point to offer a cup of espresso to every visitor, which means that you can
skip the Starbucks run before shopping for a countertop! Most showrooms sell
only to fabricators, so, although you can reserve ("tag”) a slab, your
fabricator will have to order it. While you are looking for the perfect marble
slab, your fabricator will have measured your cabinets carefully and created a
plywood template. Once the marble arrives, he/she can use the template to
create your unique countertop.
Marble Is for Life
With regular resealing and proper
care, your marble countertop will last for many years and its natural beauty
will endure. Bring the elegance of marble to your home!