The timeless beauty and stately elegance offered by marble has made it as one of the most popular choices for countertops in residential and commercial buildings. The touch and feel of the stone has been liked by the construction industry for centuries.
If it is your first choice for your custom kitchen or bathroom countertops, you need to be aware of the care and precautions you must take to keep them looking beautiful for years to come. At Arch City Granite, we like to educate our customers about the pros and cons of using the stone, so that the end result is a pleasant one.
First, note that the discoloration that happens over time is known as “patina” and is completely normal. If this change is color is undesirable to you, you might want to consider an alternative counter top for your home.
In addition, this counter top must be sealed regularly to protect it with a product such as Stonetech Bulletproof Sealant manufactured by DuPont. It contains stain repellant properties, which can be enhanced by the use of Revitalizer liquid for regular cleaning of your prefab or custom marble counter top.
If you like the look of the countertops, but you are not inclined to take the extra care they need, there are some other alternatives. There are many granite countertop colors that look similar in color and appearance. Colors such as White Spring, Bianco Antico, Bianco Romano, and River White are good examples of this. Natural quartz countertops such as Super White and Fantasy brown are other great alternatives.
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Often used in the modern minimalist designs, this is an elegant stone that derives its name from the town of Carrara in Italy. The pleasing white background with blue-grey veins flowing across it, is a popular choice for bathroom vanity tops, tub decks, and fire place surrounds.
This exclusive stone is also quarried in the city of Carrara in Italy, where it is from. Calacatta is synonymous with luxury and is very expensive. Calacatta stones have a white background with veins and portions that are golden or grey-blue and can have crystals spread across the slab. Depending on the color of the veining, Calacatta is classified as Calacatta Gold, Calacatta Carrrara, Calacatta Valgi, and Calacatta Verde. Calacatta is the ultimate choice for bathroom projects. Its high prices limits its use to high end homes in the St. Louis area.
Emperador Dark is very elegant with dark to light brown background and white veining and white crystals spread over the slab. Both types of Emperador Dark are quarried in Spain.
Emperador Dark comes with lots of veins and natural small cracks in it. The veins are filled with a suitable epoxy resin and the back of the slab is supported by a fine mesh to make these slabs more durable during transportation and fabrication.
It is one of the most popular countertop materials for bathroom vanity tops and tub deck surrounds. We have also been asked to fabricate it for kitchens, however, if daily maintenance is not your cup of tea, we suggest you choose a different stone for kitchen countertops.
Danby has a warm, classic look that is characteristic of other materials. It has the lowest absorption rate among the stones. These characteristics made Danby the most popular choice for kitchen countertops in the St. Louis area. Vermont Danby became famous when it was chosen by Martha Stewart for her personal residence.
Arch City Granite stocks full slabs of Danby at its O’Fallon, Missouri granite showroom. Depending on how white the background is and what colored veins flow through the slabs, Danby are classified as follows:
This is the best looking among all of the Vermont Danby stones with its very soft gold and grey veins. Needless to say, Imperial Danby is the most expensive variety of the Danby choices. Arch City Granite has installed many Imperial Danby kitchens with doubles stacked laminated edges for St. Louis homeowners.
Greenish to grey veins run diagonally or horizontally and compare to Italian Zembrino. Montclair is a cost effective choice for kitchen countertops.
Mountain White Danby
Mountain White Danby has medium to heavy veins of grey spreading in a diagonal pattern. This is comparatively more affordable among the Danby family.
Rainforest Brown & Rainforest Green
These are sold as marbles in the United States, but are, in strict geological terms, a serpentine stone that is quarried in the northern part of India. They are actually much denser and stronger, which is why they are categorized as granite in some countries.
This stone is one of the best examples of the natural beauty that Mother Nature has created. These are most commonly used as bathroom vanity tops, tub deck surrounds, and shower surrounds. Rainforest stones have also been used as kitchen countertops because of their higher density and less porous nature.
If you want the new look of countertops all the time, and you are not prepared to take the extra precautions to maintain kitchen countertops, then they may not be the choice for you. If you like the look of these countertops, but you are not inclined to take the extra care they need, there are some other alternatives. There are many granite colors that look similar in color and appearance. Colors such as White Spring, Bianco Antico, Bianco Romano, and River White are good examples of this. Natural quartzites like Super White and Fantasy brown are other great alternatives.