Marble worktops are increasing in desirability year on year. With modern methods and a truly global distribution network, stones that would have been too expensive in the past are now more available than ever to the mainstream.
This does not mean that these materials are losing appeal or exclusivity. Still, many modern kitchens are fitted with laminate worktops. Laminate is ideal because it can be produced in several retail sixes and can be easily cut on site to fit the required area. Also, laminate worktops (which are a laminate layer over a fibreboard) tends to be lighter and therefore more easily transported. However, there are several companies that will now distribute marble worktops throughout the UK. These are available in standard sizes as well as pre-cut to specific measurements.
Carrara marble in particular is one of the most widely used types. Mainly found in parts of Italy, this rock is a light (sometimes almost white) stone with grey thin lines running through it. The grey lines make the overall appearance a darker, grey-tones worktop surface when looking at it from a distance. The name is taken from the Carrara region of Italy, which is the area most associated with the mining of this particular type of marble. The grey lines tend to be frequent, tight and irregular, although there are trends in the direction of the lines sue to the way that the marble has been formed in layers. The surface tends to be polished to a high shine. Although Carrara Marble is a rock that can be scratch during use the same as any other, the appearance of the grey lines hides scratched and many people say that additional scratches over time add to its appearance rather than take anything away. Marble is hard and dense, thereby withstanding many scratches, but as with all natural materials, scratches do occur. Quartz worktops tend to have a harder surface that is more scratch resistant than many others, but even those can be scratched, especially if chopping takes place on the surface rather than a chopping board.
Read more about all types of marble worktops here.
What are Other Types of Marble?
Although Carrara marble has become one of the most popular, there are other types. Other types often cost more due to their exclusivity, but you may be able to find a great deal by checking out our Buy Online section. Other types include Emperador marble (a brown coloured stone of Turkish origin), Calacatta marble and Lavadia black marble, Siena marble and Podol marble. Often Calacatta marble is one of the most expensive due to its rarity. There are many types of marble and more information can be found on our Marble Worktops main page, which is linked to above. Thank you for reading this short article. Find great deals by clicking on the image to the right. There are also offers to be had on cleaners and polishes for solid surfaces used in the kitchen. Take a look at today’s hot prices. If you have any questions about this article or any other page on the worktop.co.uk website, please get in touch by clinking on the Contact page linked from the main menu above.