Slabs have Pros and Cons
Purchasers of granite and marble slab in Toronto must
weigh the positive attributes and drawbacks of the respective stones. Both
materials are highly popular for residential use as countertops, but their
relatively high price points suggests that careful thinking be done before
Kitchen or bathroom countertops showcase the classic,
timeless beauty of marble. The varied colours of marble mean that it can be
coordinated with just about any kind of decor. Sleek black marble accentuates
the modern, stainless steel kitchen while its white counterpart works
beautifully with a more traditional decor.
Marble is a cool stone – wonderful for working with
pastry. It’s hypoallergenic, easily cleaned and non-porous. The cost of some
types of marble is high, but the more common Carrara variety from Italy is
surprisingly reasonable. Marble is quarried all over the world and its
availability is good.
On the downside, marble is relatively soft and can
scratch easily, so you need to use cutting boards on its surface. It can also
stain easily, even with the use of protective sealant, with red wine and some
acidic fruits being the chief culprits. You have to be prepared to live with
the subsequent "imperfection.” It’s always best if you can regard those marks
as adding "character!”
Strengths and Weaknesses
Granite is stronger than marble and a better choice
for high usage situations. As a countertop, it is heat, scratch and chemical
resistant. With periodic sealing, it is also stain resistant. Granite has a great
natural look and comes in a surprising variety of colours. As with marble, it
works well with a variety of interior looks, from modern to traditional.
It’s perhaps a more subtle stone than marble, but in
its slab form, granite is fascinating – there are flecks of colour and
striations throughout the stone. As with marble, each slab of granite is
absolutely unique. It’s at the upper end of the cost scale, although in tile
form it is more reasonable.
Granite does require professional sealing, and this
must be done every couple of years. But generally it is lower-maintenance and
stronger than marble. The choice between the two types boils down to a question
of taste more than anything, with some preferring the elegance and gloss of
marble and others the durability of granite.
A Fabricator is Your Kitchen Craftsman
A marble or granite slab is a big investment, and one
that reflects your design creativity. So it only makes sense that the actual
implementation of the stone in your home relies on the wizardry of another
artist – the fabricator.
Once you’ve bought your countertop stone, it is
delivered by the dealer to your chosen fabricator. He will already have been to
your house and made a template of your kitchen countertop, which will be used
to cut the slab to your specifications. The fabricator will individualize your
countertop by the kind of surface he then creates with the cut, the edges and
even the designs in the stone itself.
It all comes back to your vision for your kitchen. The
granite and marble slab you’ve bought from a Toronto dealer can be the
centrepiece of a stunning room; one that reflects both your artistic vision and
the craftsmanship of your fabricator.