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Carrara vs Calacatta‬ Marble

Marble has a timeless appeal, providing an elegant and sophisticated feel. Available in a polished or honed finish, it is many people’s choice for a high-end look. Marble also has two popular variations, Carrara and Calacatta. Both are beautiful, and unique in their own ways. Want to know the difference? We’re breaking it down so you can find the perfect marble for your countertops.

History of Marble:

Marble is generally formed from limestone undergoing metamorphism. When exposed to extremes of pressure or heat, limestone turns into calcite or dolomite crystals, which are the primary materials in marble. Marble has a famous history. The ancient Greeks built their architecture, cities, and sculptures often from Pentelic and Parian Marbles, quarried in Greece. The Romans later used marble in their buildings as well, quarrying in the Greek spots and finding Roman marble quarries of their own. Marble is, in a lot of ways, what the classical and Hellenistic age was built from. This is one of the reasons people are drawn to marble for countertops and flooring.

Carrara Marble:

The easiest way to tell the two apart is to look at the veining. White Carrera marble tends to have “softer” veining. Another factor that differs between the two stones is the base color. Carrara marble tends to look less “true white” compared to Calacatta. In fact, White Carrara can be greyish when compared to Calacatta.

Calacatta Marble:

Where Carrara has soft veining, Calacatta marble contains very sharp and thick veins. Calacatta marble also tends to be whiter than Carrara marble. This is an important factor to note, because the whiter the marble the more valuable it is, which also means the more it may cost. Nevertheless, a great choice for countertops, flooring, and backsplash.

In conclusion, depending on your budget and style preferences both variations of marble will make an excellent statement to your home.

Compact Surfaces

Originally Published on Cectops.com

Want the look of natural stone but don’t want to deal with the care? Then compact surfaces are for you! Here is everything you need to know about one of the most durable surfaces on the market and why it is a great choice for your project.

Different from quartz and natural stone, compact surfaces are made from a mixture of raw materials used in glass, porcelain, and quartz, making them extremely durable and great for indoor and outdoor use.

Benefits:

As a man-made product, compact surfaces have many benefits including being scratch resistant, bacteria resistant, heatproof, and UV resistant.

Finishes:

Like other countertop options, compact surfaces can be customizable with different finishes. These finishes can transform the look of your countertop. Finish options include high gloss, matte, leather, suede, concrete, and more.

Care:

Care is quite simple for compact surfaces. Simply clean everyday spills with a soft cloth, mild soap, and warm water. To prevent stains, spills should be cleaned as soon as possible. For stubborn stains, you can use a nonabrasive brush. Darker colors require more frequent cleaning as dust is more visible. Always remember to use hot pads, trivets, cutting boards and coasters for additional protection.

Applications:

Since compact surfaces are highly durable applications are nearly endless, including outdoor spaces such as outdoor kitchens, siding, and even facades. Compact Surfaces are more commonly used for indoor spaces as countertops, flooring, walls cladding, backsplashes, and fireplace surrounds. For large projects that require seaming, seams will be filled with a color-matching adhesive for a nearly seamless look. They will be visible and can be felt. For surfaces that have a more dynamic pattern, seams will be more apparent.

 

Compact surfaces are a great choice for residential and commercial spaces for all of their benefits and vast array of design choices.