Marble/Limestone Countertops

We do not recommend these stone types in kitchens!! You will be disappointed in how the surface stands up to kitchen use. Limestone and marble are similar in characteristics. Compared to granite, both are softer and more susceptible to scratching and staining. They are sensitive to anything acidic, such as coffee, wine, fruit juice, pop, ketchup, vinegar, cleaners, etc. These substances etch both marble and limestone instantaneously, leaving a dull spot in the polished finish. Subjected to these and other substances in the kitchen, the surface will quickly become mottled. No one is happy to see this kind of performance in a new product. Even though you may see these products shown in decorating magazines and the like, they are not practical in this application. If this is the look you want, ask us about practical alternatives. We can help you select a natural quartzite or engineered quartz. You can rely on Dauter Stone Inc., the stone experts, for honesty, integrity, reliability and quality. We’re here to help you make the best choice for your needs in a stone you love.

There is an exciting new product we have in stock called Dekton.  It is a man-made like the Engineered Quartzes, but it contains no resin.  It is pure stone, melted down and then recast.  There are many colour options, including a beautiful white marble which comes close to the look of natural marble, but without the unwanted vulnerability of natural marble.  Come to our showroom and have a look if marble is the look you want!

 

Compare Stone Types

Characteristic Granite Natural Quartzite Soapstone Engineered Quartz Marble Limestone
Heat Resistance * * * Somewhat
Stain Resistance * * * *
Scratch Resistance * * *
Acid Resistance  * * * *
Hardness (Moh’s Scale) 7 7 1 6 3 3
Available in Polished * * *  * *
Available in Matt * *  *  *  *  *
Repairable * *  *  Somewhat  * *
Withstands Outdoor Use * *  *
Natural Variations * *  *  *  *
Good for kitchens * *  * *
Sealing Periodic Periodic  Oil None  Periodic Periodic

 

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