Marble

Marble Countertops

Nothing is as traditional, timeless, or eye-catching as a marble countertop. Marble kitchen countertops are known for their delicate milky or glassy finish, a characteristic that makes marble one of the most elegant natural stone countertop materials. With delicate veining throughout the surface, you won’t find these distinct qualities in other natural stones such as granite. If you’re looking for a timeless natural stone surface in your kitchen or bathroom, then marble is your perfect countertop match.

Marble is a type of metamorphic rock known for its beauty and traditional creamy white appearance, capable of elevating any kitchen or bathroom. While there is no denying the exquisite nature of marble, this natural stone does require some annual care and the application of sealant before use. Unlike the more durable stone surfaces, if marble is not correctly cared for, it can quickly be permanently stained, etched, or scratched. That’s why it’s essential to learn more about this natural stone surface and marble countertop installation, so you can decide if marble is the right countertop choice for your space.

How are Marble Countertops Made


As a metamorphic stone, marble takes a considerable amount of time to develop, just like other natural stone surfaces. Usually found in more mountainous areas, marble is created when limestone experiences significant heat and pressure. Over time, the stone begins to crystalize, becoming much harder and denser, taking on its final form after years and years of development. Marble is typically mined from places like Spain, India, China, the US, and Italy and has been a famous natural stone since ancient times. It earned its incredible reputation in Ancient Greece, where it was used among sculptors to create stunning works of art. Now, your very own marble kitchen countertop is a piece of art!


Like other natural stone surfaces, marble countertops have to be mined, processed, and finished before installation. After finding a secure location to mine and removing any excess dirt, it’s mined in sections before it’s taken to be finished. During the finishing process, marble countertop slabs are cut from these larger sections of raw material using diamond-tipped wires and blades, making each slab distinct. Afterward, the marble slab is finished, leaving behind a beautiful and unique surface. When you
visit our showroom or one of our local marble suppliers, you’ll be able to view our finished slabs and visualize how they’ll complete your space.


The best part? Marble can be finished in three different ways – matte, polished, or leather. While a polished marble finish is more traditional, matte, and leather finishes add a layer of depth to the surface. A matte finish is typically more honed, smooth, and muted, while a leather finish adds more texture to the surface. While all of these finishes are equally beautiful, each one has a different appearance and can transform your space.

If you’re ready to install marble countertops in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, or High Point, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with Bloomday Granite and Marble.

Marble

Benefits of Marble

Since ancient times, marble’s been prized for its natural beauty, primarily among Ancient Greeks and Romans for its lustrous appearance and finish. The name marble even means ‘shining stone’ in Ancient Greek, which is perhaps why so many of us still enjoy the look of marble today. Unlike quartz or granite, marble’s finish and shine are incredibly distinct but aren’t bold enough to outshine cabinets or vanities. Marble is the perfect addition to any space in your home and complements any backsplash or cabinet color.

One of the best features of marble countertops is how heat-resistant they are, ideal for avid cooks or bakers. Marble’s high-temperature tolerance is ideal for those who regularly set down hot pots, pans, and other warm objects on their counters. However, it is essential to note that marble can fracture under extreme temperature changes. Although marble is not as durable as quartz or granite, reasonable care can prevent most scratches and chipping, so you don’t have to be too wary in the kitchen or bathroom. Marble needs to be cleaned with mild dish soap and water.  Never use harsh or abrasive cleaners on marble.

The most significant benefit of marble countertops is their distinct appearance. Thanks to every slab’s unique style of veining, marble has a combination of colors you won’t find anywhere else. No one else will have the same marble countertops as you.

At Bloomday, we source most of our marble slabs from Italian quarries. This natural stone is available in a wide range of colors and hues, so no matter the colors, designs, or style of your space, marble countertops will complement your area perfectly. We understand that selecting the perfect countertops for your room can be a difficult decision. That’s why we encourage our customers to visit our local suppliers and “hand select” their slab of choice. That way, they can see and touch the piece that will be cut and fabricated for their home.

Marble countertops are more than an elegant countertop option – they’re a countertop that adds value to your home at a reasonable price.

Bloomday Granite and Marble understands that your countertops are a significant investment. As marble installers near you, we’re here to help you throughout your countertop shopping, selection, and installation. If you’re ready to work with countertop professionals who care, read more about The Bloomday Difference.

We source our marble from several reputable suppliers, including:

How to Select Marble Countertops

As marble countertop installers, we understand that selecting the right countertops for your kitchen or bathroom is a big decision. After all, this is more than a countertop – this is a surface that will experience holiday meals and early morning routines. So, how do you find the right countertop for your space? By consulting with natural stone countertop installers near you.

As local marble countertop installers, we understand that selecting your countertop is a significant design and financial commitment. That’s why we’d like to help you choose the right countertop material for your home, so you feel confident in your design decision. Before you select a marble countertop for your space, we recommend considering the following factors:

  • Color and Pattern
    • While marble countertops are known for their milky white finish and lustrous appearance, marble countertops come in plenty of other colors. Blues, reds, greys, and other distinctive colors are found in marble countertops – it just depends on the color you’re looking for. If you’d like to see some of our marble countertop selection, our material catalog is a great place to start.
  • Find a Countertop Overhang 
    • It might not seem like a design priority, but your countertop overhang is an essential part of the selection process. A countertop overhang is capable of complementing your space, enhancing your marble countertops, and helps protect your cabinets from stains and spills. Some overhangs and edging are more elaborate than others, so it’s essential to find something that fits your space’s style.
  • Decide on a Countertop Finish 
    • While a traditional polished countertop finish is timeless, there are several other marble countertop finishes to choose from. Honed and leather countertop finishes are equally stylish but have a different overall look.
  • Select a Countertop Thickness
    • When a countertop is cut, no two slabs are the same, which means countertop thickness will vary. Thinner slabs appear more modern and contemporary, while thicker slabs are more traditional and timeless, so find a thickness that suits your taste.

If you want to see more of what awaits you in our countertop showroom, take a Countertop Showroom Virtual Tour to view our showroom materials.

Marble Countertop Installation Process

Once you know more about marble countertops and have a better idea of what color, finish, and overhang you prefer, it’s time to install your marble countertops. As professional marble countertop installers, our team is ready to help bring your countertop vision to life. However, before we start installing your countertops, we must complete a few things first.

  • Countertop Consultation  
    • The countertop consultation is the initial step in the installation process! One of our designers will meet with you to discuss your marble countertop ideas and upcoming project.
    • The consultation is an excellent opportunity to inform our team about your space and the scope of the project. Photos, design ideas, and countertop measurements give us a better idea of what to expect moving forward.
  • Select Your Countertop Material 
    • Once we’ve discussed your project, space, and potential design ideas, we’ll move forward with your countertop selection. Keep in mind that our showroom floor only showcases some of our fantastic marble countertops. More can be found at our local suppliers, and we encourage our customers to visit them to view more of our selection!
  • Countertop Template 
    • The most critical step before installing your marble countertops is taking a template of your countertops! Our precise laser template gives us the most accurate measurements of your current space so that we can ensure the most accurate assessment possible.

 

Our team of professional marble countertop installers is here to assist you every step of the way, so you know what to expect before countertop installation. For an in-depth look at the installation process, review Bloomday Granite & Marble Process: Countertop Installation & Selection.

If you want to see more of what awaits you in our countertop showroom, take a Countertop Showroom Virtual Tour to view our showroom materials.

How to Care and Clean Marble Countertops


Although it’s incredibly beautiful, lustrous, and elegant, marble is a soft and highly porous natural stone. This means it can etch, scratch, and stain if not cared for properly. If you are using marble for your kitchen countertops, always use a cutting board when preparing food, so you don’t risk scratching your countertops. Also, avoid contact with acidic liquids such as milk, vinegar, red wine, and citrus juices like lemons. These substances can stain the surface if they are not cleaned promptly. The best way to avoid stains is to remove them with a damp cloth and then go back over your marble countertops with a dry one.


When cleaning your marble countertops, just use warm water and a few drops of dish soap or a mild surface cleaner. Avoid harsh chemicals and abrasives which may scratch or etch the surface of your marble countertops. Do not use non-PH balanced cleaners or anything designed to remove lime, scale, or rust: no bleach, Windex, ammonia-based products, or vinegar.

For additional protection, our all-natural stone countertops are sealed with our DRY Treat 15-year sealer after installation, so your marble countertops will have the proper layer of protection before you get busy cooking in the kitchen.

When it’s time to choose your perfect marble countertop slab, we want you to make a selection that best fits your needs. We’ll go over the properties of your marble countertops with you before you decide and address any concerns before installation. At Bloomday Granite and Marble, we’re here to help you every step of the way.


Please Note: Samples of materials may not match the final slab. When slabs arrive, we give customers the option to view and approve the material before anything is fabricated. This allows you to see the patterns and variations within the slab and feel any rough patches or pitting within the stone.

 

If you’re ready to install marble countertops in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, or High Point, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with Bloomday Granite and Marble.

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