Marble is made up primarily of Calcite and works beautifully in bath areas where the subtle veining patterns and colors that appear can be used to create exquisite designs. Marble is sensitive to acids and acidic foods such as vinegar, lemons, tomatoes, wine as well as aggressive cleaning products which can and will etch the finish on marble countertops. Marble has been used as a building material for centuries; think Taj Mahal, the Acropolis and the Coliseum as examples.
Marble is ideal for bath vanity tops and tub decks. While softer and more porous than granite, marble is not the ideal choice for those customers looking for an indestructible, maintenance-free product. That being said, Marbles have been used for centuries in high-traffic and cooking areas. Should you decide to use Marble in your kitchen we recommend you consider a honed or brushed finish and that you be aware that your countertops will show some wear and develop a unique "patina" over time. While we have very effective impregnating sealers to deal with the potential of staining, no one, as of yet, has been able to develop a product to prevent etching from acids.
Marble is made up primarily of Calcite and works beautifully in bath areas where the subtle veining patterns and colors that appear can be used to create exquisite designs. Marble is sensitive to acids and acidic foods such as vinegar, lemons, tomatoes, wine as well as aggressive cleaning products which can and will etch the finish on marble countertops.
Granite, one of the hardest natural materials known to man, is composed primarily of quartz, feldspar and mica. The stone is quarried in large blocks which are then cut into slabs and polished. Granite is being used for all sort of building applications. Its bullet-proof characteristics coupled with incredible natural beauty make it a wonderful choice for a host of residential applications. We are the premier choice for custom granite countertops in Charlotte.
Engineered stone products are primarily—more than 90 percent—made of natural quartz, the hardest non-precious stone, bound together by resins. On the other hand, granite is only about 40 percent to 60 percent quartz; the rest is made up of softer minerals and impurities. Engineered stone products require less maintenance than granite because they are non-porous. For example, they don't have to be sealed periodically. Their impervious surface provides more stain and bacterial resistance than granite.
"Textures are the new Color". This quote presented to us by Antolini Luigi in Verona, Italy who, without question, is the barometer of the Natural Stone Industry. We recently purchased a GMM Sirio Bed Polisher which allows us to texture any Granite, Marble, Travertine, Limestone and even Quartz surface in your choice of texture.
Cadenza Granite & Marble 841 Biscayne DriveConcord, NC 28027 Tel: (704) 788-2744Fax: (704) 788-2758