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What Types of Marble are There? Posted on: November 13, 2017 at 11:11 AM

Marble comes in a variety of colors and many have different qualities, such as the amount of veining, etc. This being said, there are 5 main kinds of marble that are widely used or regarded in the world. These five kinds are Carrara, Statuary, Calacatta, Emperador, and Crema Marfil. Some of these are rarer than others, and some are more widely used in homes and by contractors. Let’s learn a little bit more about these different kinds of marble.

Carrara Marble

Carrara is one of the most commonly used marbles for residences. This is that white background marble with gray veining. It also comes in a few different varieties. Some of the other background colors it comes in are blue and blue-gray, and the veining is also very different for different pieces of marble. This includes small and fine veining, as well as soft and feathery veining.

Statuary Marble

Statuary Marble also always has a uniform background, but what sets this apart from the other kinds of marble is its dramatic veining. Typically coming in light gray tones, it has darker and larger veining, while maintaining a shiny, glossy, and reflective surface.

Calacatta Marble

This type of marble is one of the most luxurious in the world, due to its rarity. It is extremely similar to Carrara and is even quarried from the same area in Italy, however, it does have its differences from Carrara. One of the most striking differences in the dark and thick veining, which differentiates itself strongly.

Emperador Marble

Hailing from Spain, Emperador marble really makes its mark in the world of marble. This is because it comes in many different colors, which are perfect for the interior of homes. The colors are a bit darker and come in shades of brown, which add the perfect touch to areas such as a fireplace, or a reading nook.

Crema Marfil Marble

This marble also comes from Spain and is largely used by contractors and interior designers, due to its more rustic look. Coming in light beige and a yellow shaded color, this is perfect for floors in a home.

If you are interested in learning more about marble, feel free to contact us, by filling out our contact forms, or reach us directly by calling 617.389.1130.

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A Brief History of Marble Statues Posted on: October 19, 2017 at 3:28 PM

A Brief History of Marble Statues

 

Marble statues are considered to be the art of creating 3D forms out of marble and therefore, are universally recognized as one of the oldest art forms. Even before things such as cave paintings, people were still carving figures from stone. They did this much before they started painting. There are a few basic steps that sculptors take in order to get to a finished product. While each step is simple in its conception, they are very detailed and take a significant amount of time to complete. The work is long and tiresome, but worth the end product.

Steps to Marble Sculpting

 

The artist makes a copy of the project in clay or wax, and then begin the process of copying it onto the marble black by using calipers or a machine. They start with a large block of marble and work to get rid of the large pieces of unwanted stone. What this does is begins the process of shaping. While it is at first a very rough shape, it can transform with hard work. Then, they follow with the roughing out process, where the figure is made to have an even more basic shape. The last step to this is the enhancement and finishing process, where the figure is given lots of details, as well as smoothed out.

Some of the most famous works are located in Europe and a lot of these are very famous works, from the likes of Michaelangelo, etc. Some of these works are the Parthenon Marbles in Athens, Greece, Michaelangelo’s David in Florence, Italy, and the Pietà and Moses, located in the Vatican, and Rome, Italy.

There are a lot of different tools involved in creating a marble sculpture, and these are as follows:

  • La Mazza: Mallet
  • Gli Scalpelli: Chisels
    • La Subbia: Pointed Chisel
    • L’Unghietto: Rounded Chisel
    • La Gradina: Toothed Chisel
    • Lo Scalpello: Flat Chisel
  • Lo Scapezzatore: Pitcher/Splitting Chisel
  • Il Martello Pneumatico: Pneumatic Hammer
  • Il Flessibile: Angle Grinder
  • Hand Drill

If you are interested in learning more about marble sculpting, feel free to contact us, by filling out our contact forms, or reach us directly by calling 617.389.1130.

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How Sustainable is Marble? Posted on: October 11, 2017 at 9:27 AM

Marble, while a material often used, is not typically looked at in the sense of if it is sustainable or not. As a matter of fact, it is very sustainable. Marble is found in nature, so this is its original home. There are a lot of different elements that make it the perfect material for a home. While a lot of the reasons cross-over, the sustainability of marble is also another additional reason to replace your countertops and floors. Let’s take a look at some of the rationale for this.

Durability

Marble, which is a naturally occurring material, is extremely durable. It is almost impossible to break, as it is a very hard material. While it can scratch, there are some precautions you can take to ensure this material will always be looking brand new. Because of its durability, marble lasts a long time and this longevity applies to the sustainability of the material. Due to it lasting so long, there is not a need to constantly buy the material. This keeps your costs down as the consumer and reduces the impact on the environment. Implementing marble surfaces onto the home is really a win-win. The maintenance is extremely low, and you most likely wouldn’t have to replace it for decades. On the opposite side, you will be helping the environment, by not taking from it consistently, like you may have to with wood surfaces, as they damage relatively easily.

Recyclability

Being a naturally occurring material, marble is recyclable! There, however, is something to consider in this. Unfortunately, many curbside recycling programs do not take the marble or other building materials. While this is a minor inconvenience, you can find a local special building materials and processing center and they should be able to take the marble. Calling in advance is always a good idea, to check on hours, and restrictions as well.

If you are interested in learning more about marble countertops, feel free to contact us, by filling out our contact forms, or reach us directly by calling 617.389.1130.

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What is Granite? Posted on: September 25, 2017 at 4:45 PM

In modern times, we think of granite as being utilized for countertops during a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project, but where does this material come from and what are its origins? Let’s take a look into the basics of granite.

What is Granite?

Granite is a common igneous rock that forms when quartz and feldspar shoot out of volcanoes. The word “granite” actually comes from the Latin word “granum”. The word “granum” translated into English means grain, or seed, which makes a lot of sense in this case. When this material forms, it is formed as a hot liquid stone and the result of that is very different from other types of rocks, including sedimentary rocks. The molecules become all mixed up and created a spotted and non-consistent appearance. This is very different from sedimentary rocks because sedimentary rocks form in a layered fashion, which creates a relatively consistent look in each layer.

The upside to this material is that it always looks unique in that no two pieces look the same. While it is a spotted look, it can also be a lot of unique colors. Depending on the mineralogy of the material, granite can have the appearance of being white, pink, gray and even black. This is truly an aesthetically pleasing piece that any home would benefit from having.

What are the uses of Granite?

Granite is an extremely hard stone. Back in ancient Egyptian times, it was often used to carve statues of the pharaohs. While this is possible, it is extremely difficult to carve statues from a block of this material, let alone cut the block to carve the statue from. Because of this, granite was moved away from, and marble became the carving stone of choice. Nowadays, granite is used for interior design purposes, including countertops, in both bathrooms and kitchens.

If you are interesting in learning more about granite countertops, feel free to contact us, by filling out our contact forms, or reach us directly by calling 617.389.1130.

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Benefits of Granite Countertops Posted on: September 13, 2017 at 4:46 PM

Granite countertops have been a staple in homes and become more and more popular in the past decade. They have so many amazing characteristics that it’s hard to see why you wouldn’t choose granite. While it has the aesthetic of a gorgeous marble, it also has an arguably better durability. Granite is simple, maintenance-wise, as the only care needed for granite is a simple sealing done every other year. This sealing process takes only a few minutes, and all that is necessary is fro you to rub the solution on the countertop, wipe down the countertop and then leave it to sit overnight. Contrary to this, it is possible to use a gradual sealer, which also works perfectly. These come in the form of an everyday cleaner and if you clean your countertops, over time it builds up the same protection qualities as a traditional sealant. Let’s consider all the other amazing benefits of having granite countertops in your homes.

Durability

Granite is an amazing material to have in a home because it is heat resistant, as well as scratch resistant. If you take a batch of cookies out of the oven, no need to fear! You can place the tray directly onto the granite, which will not be harmed, and will absorb the heat in the meantime. Alongside this, knives can not dull the surface of granite, so it is possible to cut directly on the countertop. Although beware, because this could dull your knives! Lastly, granite is stain resistant if it is sealed correctly, and will not be left with strange marks if something is spilled on it.

Sanitation

Granite is one of the most sanitary materials to use in a home, as it is non-porous if sealed correctly. This means that while it will not stain, it will also not harbor any bacteria that could lead to illness.

Aesthetic

Having gorgeous countertops is a true goal and there are so many options to choose from with granite. They come in colors ranging from whites, to pinks, to different shades of gray. On top of this, since granite is a mix of minerals, every single slab of granite is going to look slightly different, in a way to perfectly complement your kitchen. The colors never fade, which is also a plus, and the largest of all is that it adds value to your home. If you are planning on selling your home, this could be a huge gamechanger when getting your estimates.

If you are interesting in learning more about granite countertops, feel free to contact us, by filling out our contact forms, or reach us directly by calling 617.389.1130.

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How to Maintain Marble Posted on: August 24, 2017 at 10:23 AM

Marble is a beautiful addition to any home and can create an atmosphere filled with luxury. This material, however, can cause a few problems if not treated correctly. When properly upkept, marble is an impeccable way to give your home that extra touch to put it over the top. Here are some tips on how to maintain marble long-term.

Using Sponges and Soft Cloths

By using sponges and soft cloths, you can avoid any marking on your marble surface. This will ensure that your countertops and/or flooring will not be dulled or have scratches on them. You can also use a vacuum to pick up any debris, but it is recommended to do this as little as possible, as vacuums sometimes have hard, sharper edges, that can easily scratch the marble. If you do choose to use a vacuum, make sure to put the wheels on properly, and make sure they are working, to ensure that no unintentional scratches are created.

Use Coasters and Cutting Boards

This is very important because if you do not use a coaster and leave a drink on a countertop, there is a chance that the condensation will stain the marble. This is easily avoided by using coasters. On a similar note, when cutting anything, make sure to use a cutting board. If not done, this can damage your marble is two different ways. The knife used to cut the fruits, vegetables, meat, etc., can scratch the countertop surface. Alongside that, if you are cutting a food that is high in acidity (lemons, tomatoes, etc.), the acid can dull the surface of the marble, by cutting through the seal. This is something not many people normally think of, but that can make a huge difference.

Cleaning up Excess Water

This is a big point to make, because you can clean the surface of marble as much as you would like, but if you don’t clean up the excess water from mopping and/or handwashing the surface, there will be water staining everywhere. By wiping the excess water from the surface, you can have a perfectly clean marble, while also avoiding any water marks. On that note, most water is dragged into a home via the feet of homeowners and visitors, so making sure you have a doormat will help to avoid this. Although it is unavoidable sometimes, you can take some measures to try to prevent this.

Maintaining marble is all about being preventative and making sure you take care of things before they have the chance of happening. By placing doormats right inside the door, as well as using coasters, cutting boards, and cleaning surfaces with soft cloths or sponges, you can avoid dulling, or potentially scratching that beautiful marble. To learn more about marble, feel free to contact us, or call us today at (617) 389-1130.

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New Cambria Quartz Samples Arrive at Colonial Marble Company! Posted on: June 22, 2017 at 11:10 AM

CAMBRIA Natural Stone Surfaces Quartz Line

 
We, at Colonial Marble Company, are very excited about the new Quartz samples that arrived this week! They come from a company called Cambria®, a family-owned, American-made producer of natural quartz surfaces.
 

Cambria Quartz

Cambria Quartz

Cambria Quartz

Cambria Quartz

 

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How to Properly Care for Your Fabricated Granite Countertop Posted on: May 31, 2017 at 3:06 PM

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After you have had your granite countertop installed, you may be wondering how to keep it maintained so that it looks great for years to come. Well you don’t need a really expensive cleaner to keep your countertop looking beautiful! Follow these do’s and don’ts so that your granite countertop remains elegant and functional!

DO:

Ensure your countertop is sealed! Even though granite is a hard surface, and less porous than marble, unsealed or improperly sealed granite will absorb oils, spills, and stains. An easy way to tell if your granite countertop has been sealed correctly is by leaving a few drops of water on the surface. If the water beads, you have a good seal. If the water soaks into the granite after a minute or two, it needs to be resealed.

Always wipe up spills immediately.

Clean using warm water, a mild or gentle soap, and a microfiber cloth.

DON’T:

Never use abrasive cleaners, sponges, Windex, acidic cleaners like vinegar, lemon, lime, or anything with ammonia or bleach. These types of chemicals will weaken the sealant over time.

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New Spring Shipment has arrived! Posted on: March 28, 2017 at 2:12 PM

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It’s spring time and our newest shipment of stone has arrived! Be sure to follow us on Facebook where we will be posting photos of all our new products! Stop in and check out our new Marble, Quartzite and Granite selections!

Names to look for:

Bianco Carrara (Marble)

Bianco Dolomiti (Marble)

Madre Perola (Quartzite)

Fantasy Brown (Quartzite)

Super White (Quartzite)

Jet Mist (Granite)

Panalu Black (Granite)

Silver Grey (Granite)

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What is Marble Etching? Posted on: October 13, 2016 at 5:10 PM

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If you ever find blemishing on your countertop, it will stick out in your kitchen and you may be embarrassed if your guest spots them.  The first thing to note is that marble is a soft stone and is prone to marks because of the calcium carbonate makeup of the stone.  Marble reacts terribly to acidic chemicals and over time it will eat away at the surface  and create dull spots called etches.  So next time you pour that glass of orange juice or wine, use a  coaster and be careful not to spill anything.

Etches are more visible with light and from different angles, so it is important to look at your kitchen from different angles and at different times of the day.  Etching can devalue the investment of your kitchen and potential buyers will see it as a sign of a poorly maintained home.

If left uncared for, your marble countertops will lose it shine and reflectiveness that it had when you first installed it.  Etching marks can go deep within your marble and but you can remove it by sanding it down and repolishing it by applying a thin layer of wax and buff it until it shines.  While etching marks are only noticeable at some angles, the marks are something that most homeowners can live with. However, if the etching mark feels rough , then you may need to consider marble repair and a professional re-polishing. Some issues require more special treatment than others if you are unsure of the proper

If you would like more information about marble etching or are in need of a new countertop. Contact Colonial Marble today and install a new kitchen or bathroom countertop today!