Marble

Marble

Marble is a beautiful stone, with color combinations and patterns that only nature could imagine. The stone is a metamorphic stone, giving it the “swirling” and veining patterns that make the stone unique. It is also able to take on a high polish, and is used often on floors, shower walls, and even kitchen countertops.

Marble is available in many finishes, including polished, honed, and tumbled. The most popular installation in the home is with polished marble. Many use a tumbled marble outdoors, allowing a greater variety of color than other traditional materials. Marble is also often used as an accent material, in combination with travertine in floors, or within mosaics.

Marble tiles and slabs
Marble Flooring and Design

Marble is one of the softer natural stone materials used for these purposes, and is susceptible to scratching. It is also quite porous, which makes it vulnerable to staining. Don’t let this dissuade you from using it in your home. Marble has been used as a building material for ages, and much of the capitols of the world are built in and clad in marble. Simple make sure that you understand the stone and how to care for it, and marble will offer you beauty and elegance for years to come.

There are also alternative finishes of the stone that will help introduce the color you want in your home without the worry of wear.For example, a tumbled marble tile installed in a bathroom floor, or as accents on the floor. A common installation of marble in the kitchen is on the island, and we often use honed marble for this purpose.

Also remember, certain surfaces receive very little traffic. For example, your shower walls. On shower floors, we generally install the tile in 2″ or 4″ squares, concealing damage and also offering better grip on the wet surface.

Marble, with the veins and patterns that give it that natural beauty also does a wonderful job of concealing damage on it’s own. Seal the material once or twice a year and you will have little to worry about. And with such a beautiful material, no vanity top should go without it.

 

Natural Tile (Travertine) Showers

Natural Tile (Travertine) Showers

Travertine Tile Shower by Marble Design Center of Orange County
Travertine Tile Shower by Marble Design Center of Orange County

Showers, like many other kitchen and bathroom surfaces are high impact areas in that they receive constant stress. Soaps, detergents, water, and regular traffic offer some obstacles that you should be aware of. Our most popular tile installation since we started working in Southern California has been travertine. The colors are earthy and compliment the feel that many of us Californians enjoy. It is a soft stone, and though it is not as resilient as granite, it is a stronger material than marble.

But don’t let the warning prevent you from getting travertine installed in your shower. Proper care, such as sealing the tile and grout once every 3 or 4 months will prevent staining, as well as keep the natural stone conditioned and looking like new. Just 10 minutes, every few months; not a bad exchange for the beauty of the stone.

Travertine is most commonly installed in a honed finish – a semi-polish that gives the tile a more earthy look and feel. You can find travertine in a tumbled variety, as well as the standard polished tile.

The tile also comes in a variety of sizes. For example, the most common tumbled travertine tiles installed in showers are 4″ x 4″, but you can find them in 6″, 8″, and even larger sizes. If you go with a tumbled tile, you have a little more freedom, as the softer marble tile becomes as resilient a stone.

Another popular tile is polished marble, but not used as frequently.

If you are looking for remodeling your home or doing a new shower installation, Marble Design Center of Orange County is the place for you. We offer demolition as well as installation services in Southern California of showers, mosaics, bath tub surrounds, bathroom floors, vanity tops, and much more.

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Granite Kitchen Countertops

Granite Kitchen Countertops

Granite is a durable, easily maintained, and essentially worry-free natural material that is perfect for any high impact space. This is why you often see it on or within high-traffic, commercial buildings. This is also why it is such an amazing choice for surfaces that see see a lot of water or sharp objects, like your kitchen countertop.

Granite kitchen counter top
Black Galaxy Granite kitchen counter top

The saying goes, if you plan on cutting on your granite countertops with your sharp knives, plan on buying a knife sharpener.

Granite is a natural material, and like all natural material it requires a certain degree of care. Seal it with a granite natural stone sealer once or twice a year and you won’t have to worry about stains or discoloration. And because the stone has so much depth and variety of color, rarely will you see a granite countertop look anything buy new, years and years after installation and daily, intense use.

Granite is a wonderful choice for kitchen and vanity tops, for both residential and commercial projects. If you are remodeling a home, granite will not only add value to your experience in your own kitchen, but it will increase your resale value if you’re looking to sell. The reason is durability, but there is no question as to the beauty of the material.

Other materials so exist in the market, such as Silestone, a concrete and quartz compound that is said to be stronger than granite. At a minimum, it is as strong, and does have a few advantages, such as never needing to seal the material. But given that sealing your granite takes less than 2 minutes from start to finish, it’s not really that much of an advantage.

For those who enjoy the look and the feel of natural materials, granite stands above all other materials. Marble is very soft and will scratch easily as well as stain easily. Polished travertine is an option, and although it is more durable than marble, it isn’t quite there the way granite is. Staining and scratching can occur.

If you are looking to install granite in your home, please consider us. We provide free in-home estimates. We also give consultation tours of our suppliers, allowing you to see the exact slab that will be installed in your kitchen.

We serve Southern California, with a focus on Orange County. We have done jobs and can provide references in Irvine, Tustin, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Clemente, and much more, with over a decade of experience in Orange County.

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Serving Orange County – Hello!

Serving Orange County – Hello!

We’re out of the kitchen and online now! Or at least trying to be. We offer exceptional service and superior quality and want you to find us so that we can offer our services to you. So if you’re looking for a kitchen countertop, travertine tile, or anything with natural stone in your home or small commercial project, let us know!

We service Southern California, specializing in Orange County. We have worked as far south as San Diego and as far north as Los Angeles, and will make trips for exceptional projects. Our focus is in Orange County, in Irvine, Tustin, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Dana Point, and more. We have references in just about every one of these areas, and have probably hauled tiles or a countertop by your door at some point over the past decade or so.

We purchase our granite slabs and marble and travertine tile from wholesalers with whom we have a long standing relationship. Because of this we can offer you great value on top of our dedicated service. We want you to tell your friends and our customers do just that. We hope that you will too.

We hope that you consider us, Marble Design Center of Orange County, the next time you’re thinking of remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, or installing marble, travertine, or natural stone tile in your home. Vanity tops, kitchen countertops, and fireplace surrounds are a specialty, and our fabricators are experiences, courteous, and there to make your project a success.

Marble Design Center of Orange County – kitchen and bathroom remodeling experts. Let us know the next time you’re going to a stone yard and we’ll join you and help you navigate your way through all those granite slabs.