Granite and Marble Slabs for Toronto Kitchens
Many Toronto homeowners opt for
stone slab countertops in both kitchen and bathroom. Although synthetic
countertop materials and engineered stone are practical, versatile and widely
available, these man-made products can’t compare with the beauty of natural
stone. In addition, investing in fine stone adds greatly to the resale value of
your home. And best of all, granite and marble slab is now more affordable than
it has ever been!
Granite and marble have been used
through the ages to construct beautiful buildings. These include such
historical landmarks as the Colosseum, the Parthenon, the Taj Mahal, St. Paul’s
Cathedral, Canada’s Parliament Buildings and many more. Fine stone is also used
for monuments like Canada’s National War Memorial and statuaries such as
Michelangelo’s David, the Venus de Milo, Rodin’s The Kiss and hundreds of other familiar
works of art.
Because of its rich history in
art and architecture, fine stone is associated with luxury and classic beauty.
When you install stone accents in your home, you bring this luxurious, timeless
feeling to your living space. And of course, the piece of stone you choose is
unique, a one-of-a-kind natural element created by nature.
Granite and marble are available
in all types of colours and patterns, from very faintly patterned neutrals to
vivid, boldly patterned tones. Ever versatile, fine stone is compatible with
every style of interior design, and a beautiful stone countertop can often
become an inspiration for the décor for the whole room.
Granite or Marble?
Granite is a top-rated choice for
kitchen countertops, due to its extreme durability and the wide variety of
colours and patterns available. Granite is an igneous rock, formed when molten
magma is compressed between layers of the earth. All granite contains feldspar,
quartz, mica and accessory minerals. The types of minerals that make up the
stone give it its colour. Colours include everything from Africa’s Angola Gold
to Finland’s Baltic Green, from Black Galazy from India to Blue Barracuda from
Brazil. Granite is one of the hardest natural substances on earth; it’s heat
resistant, easily cleaned and is not very porous. All of these factors make
granite ideal for kitchen countertops.
Granite may be the number one
choice for fine stone countertops, but many homeowners prefer the appearance
and cachet of marble. Marble is a metamorphic stone, formed when limestone is
subjected to great pressure and heat. Although more porous than granite, marble
is also very durable when it’s properly cared for. There are many types of marble,
from classic white-and-black Carrarra marble from Italy to the more exotic
Persian Red from Iran; from Egyptian Golden Cream to Greek Veria Green. Marble
is a translucent stone that allows light to enter and produce a soft
"glow". It also has the ability to take a very high polish. These two
properties make it a must-have for some people. Marble is the ne plus ultra of
fine stone, and it lends elegance to any home.
Visit a stone importer’s showroom
today. Whether you choose granite or marble, you’re sure to love your fine