More often, however, two or more marble slabs are joined together with epoxy to make a countertop surface. Make sure all cabinets are level, flush and securely fastened to both the floor and the wall. Some marble kitchen countertops do not require any underlayment – the cabinet frames are strong enough to support the slabs. Precisely mark any openings for sinks, cook tops or any other cuts that will have to be made in the marble slab.

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This will allow you to make any necessary alterations to the cabinets to ensure a perfect fit. Shim the front edges to make sure they are flat and level along the entire edge. If your installation doesn’t require a substrate, place smaller beads on top of the cabinet frames so that excess silicone does not ooze out from under the slab. Be careful not to slide or push the slabs around, which would smear the silicone and result in a less-than-ideal seal. The enhancer will make the colors more vivid and the sealer will protect the stone. Apply as close to the edge as possible to prevent excess epoxy from oozing onto the marble surface.

Mix the pigment in slowly until the desired color is achieved and then pour the mixture over the seams and use a putty knife to force it into the joints. Mix slightly more epoxy than you think you will need and make sure you completely fill the seams, as any gaps or cracks can be difficult to re-fill and color matching another batch of epoxy can be tricky. Once everything is completely dry, remove the tape and sand or carefully scrape away or remove any excess epoxy and/or silicone adhesive.

Marble kitchen countertops usually come in slab form, with one slab sometimes covering an entire countertop surface. Carefully remove any existing countertop materials and disconnect all gas and plumbing lines before removing appliances. To avoid excessive shimming and wide gaps that call for a lot of filler material, make sure that the cabinets are within ⅛ inch of level over a 10-foot span and the walls are within ⅛-inch of a true plane (plumb and without excessive curves). Use kraft paper or something stiffer yet still lightweight to create an exact template of the countertop and other surfaces to be covered with marble, including backsplashes. If you’re installing a new sink, be sure it will fit in the sink cabinet and is in the right position before creating the template. If the new countertop will need more than one slab, the supplier will be able to advise you on the best locations for seams. Place shims at solid points on the cabinet tops – not in the middle of a long trim or filler piece. Place quarter-size dollops every 6 inches over a plywood substrate.

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Clamp the slab down in several places to hold the entire assembly in position. Most epoxies need pigment mixed in to match or complement the marble color. Advise your customer to re-apply the enhancer-sealer about every year or two, or when they notice spills do not wipe away easily.

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The table has 6 heavy drawers with a slatted cooling shelf to the bottom. These rustic countertops will make your kitchen even comfier! The pine on this table is wide planked and with good quality and age, more like elm than pine and will wax nicely. Rich walnut cabinetry tempers the cool tones of gray, brick-look tile and white marble countertops. Whether on the floor or the backsplash, black tile adds a little drama and a crisp modern edge. It’s possible to find the original paint on surviving cabinets, under layers of later paint; a good paint store can help you match the original color. There’s something special about letting natural beauty shine and the same goes for kitchens showcasing beautiful wood cabinetry.

Could be a reoccurring element in doorways, mirror frame, window frames too.

These rustic countertops will make your kitchen even comfier! The base has two drawers and a square tapering leg typical of early 19th century. If our kitchen looked this good “pre-renovation,” there would be no renovation!

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Granite slabs are the polished sheets of stone that your granite countertops start from. Besides the type of stone, color, and surface finish, you also need to know what size your slab is and how many are required. Lower grades of granite are sometimes offered as first quality but should be relegated to commercial work. The characteristics and performance of granite can actually vary by the color of the stone. When granite has an unpolished surface, its stainability seems to change. A typical slab may be 50 square feet but with waste and granite remnants, it may yield only 35 square feet of stone counters. The size of the slabs can affect how many seams end up in your kitchen counters and where they must be placed.

The resulting glue line often detracts from the beauty of the finished tops. Slabs that come from different bundles don’t always look alike nor do they have similar colors. Granite selection centers are quite aware of this fact, so don’t be mislead. These stone centers display all the stone slabs vertically so you can see exactly what you’re getting. Shopping for your granite and choosing slabs can be very rewarding and sometimes a fun experience.

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Also, make sure you ask for a granite warranty for your granite countertops.

For stone counters, here’s what you need to consider before choosing stone and where to find granite slabs wholesale.

So how do you choose which stone is best for your granite counters? You should inspect slabs for cracks, scratches, fissures (cracks that don’t go all the way through the stone), and imperfections. Choosing the right color for your stone counters is a matter of personal taste. River washed or flamed finish offers a highly textured surface that can be visually appealing.

An average granite slab size is about 9 to 10 feet wide and 5 to 6 feet tall (slabs are displayed vertically). Each slab in a bundle has comparable color and pattern to its neighbor. They can have slight shade differences that become obvious at seams in finished counters. Wholesale pricing is reserved for the fabricators who make the tops. Be sure to call a fabricator first to see if they have stone or if they can get stone from the supplier. Knowing what to look for and how to evaluate the different stones will enable you to pick the best granite for your stone counters.

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The marble counter top fabricator/installer did not glue the marble down to the plywood and put a tile backsplash around the marble. That plywood will fatigue and continue to sag putting stress on the center of the counter top. This should work given the limited clearance to the washer and dryer.

Typically the cabinet walls will provide sufficient support if close enough to the sink. When installing 2cm granite countertops you definitely need to be more careful and provide sufficient support. When going over about 6 inches of overhang with 2 cm slab proper support is required. If the plywood backing extends all the way to the edge of the overhang, then you have a great start and this may be sufficient. If any fissures are in the area of the overhang, and considering it’s a high-use area, then installing corbels is probably a good idea. But, if you have an abundant “free” supply of marble slabs, then the pros may outweigh the cons in this case.

Installing a marble tile countertop is certainly something a decent handyman can perform well, but installing slabs is a different story.

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Since they are so rigid, there is no bending and could crack when focused weight is applied. However, if your sink is excessively heavy, then 3cm may be a better choice.

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This will eliminate the grout line/seam right at the edge making for a cleaner and stronger edge. It’s a bit difficult to get a good polish on the exposed cut side of the top tile, but there’s a couple things you can do. Of course, you can sand down a sample and compare and then sand and apply the enhancer to one sample to see how that looks. They are 1/2 inch thick and are cut very straight with no bevel on the top edge. Sanded grout is used for wider joints with more rough/rustic surface finishes since it will scratch the marble tiles. On the other hand, it could be a fissure that became a crack or just a crack from excessive force or pressure. They formed right along with the rest of the marble millions of years ago. And they can go all the way through the slab to be seen on both sides of the marble countertop. However , a fissure can become a crack if not handled carefully during installation or if the marble kitchen countertop was not installed with proper support. The marble countertop pattern may look more disjointed with a crack and you may actually see some separation of the two sides.

Some cracks may never present a problem or issue of any sort, but of course who wants a crack in their slab, so it should be repaired or replaced if necessary. A bonus would be an adhesive that may enable me to remove the slab at another point in time and not ruin the zinc top – but this isn’t required. You should glue down the marble countertop to keep it secure on top. Shouldn’t be able to slide the marble countertop more than about 1/4 inch in any direction.

The plywood seems to be sagging in the middle, not fully supporting the weight of the marble slab.

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You need a completely solid and stable base for the marble slab. Eventually that little crack you have will break through the whole slab. Not the standard type of corbel shaped like a triangle, but one made of a thick metal strip that attaches to the back wall and is bent at a 90 degree angle to then attach to the bottom of the plywood support sheet. But certainly you need adequate support for the sink and all the activity that occurs around a sink. Many regret installing marble slab or marble tile as a kitchen countertop. The crucial measurement is how much of the slab is on the cabinets?

So, if the “supported” area is only 24 inches then you’re a bit short of support (would need 30 inches to support 10 in. It may seem like overkill, but it’s better than cracking the slab.

It is durable and will last fine, but requires much more maintenance than granite. In such cases 3cm may take a bit more weight, but not much difference. Also, by having the top overlap the side, you may be able to just glue the edge tile right up underneath the top tile without any grout to minimize any seam or you may find that grouting it makes for a better transition. Sand the cut edge with 240 grit metal sand paper progressing to 400 grit to 600 and then to 000 steel wool. If it’s satisfactory, this will be far easier than sanding all the edges. If you do, you’ll have to go with the enhancer route on the edge because you won’t be able to sand granite to a polish unless you invest in some diamond abrasive pads for the job. Marble cleaning and maintenance for a kitchen countertop is much more involved and a pain than granite or quartz.

So, the presence of a fissure is part of the natural make-up of the stone just like the color.

Also, to the touch a crack typically has a precise edge when felt with your finger where a fissure feels more like a slight roughness. Many fissures look like large cracks, but they are just fissures which, to answer your question, are “normal” with marble and other natural stone. The table is currently zinc topped (as was common 100 years ago). Most importantly just what is safe and the best procedure for installing the slab on the old table.

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Tipping over is going to be your main safety issue, which could do some serious damage and/or be fatal to a kid or dog or if the marble landed above the waist on an adult. Or if the marble countertop is a bit bigger/wider than the zinc table top you could simply glue the strips underneath where ever they needed to go to fit over the zinc top and keep the marble countertop secure. Best to glue it down, but using the fitted lip idea will still be pretty safe.

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Given its undeniable beauty and strength, marble has long been a viable option for this important room. These components contribute to marble’s overall durability, but can also be susceptible to acids that can scratch or dull the surface. Marble’s aforementioned issue with acids generally makes white the wisest choice for a countertop installation, because the shade is less likely to show the etching and scratches that can occur.

Pay particular attention to its veining-and where those veins end-to create a seamless look throughout your kitchen. A cross-cut piece of marble contains softer veins that appear to fan outward, while a vein-cut piece has a more defined linear appearance. The installation team will work from the outside in on your countertops to determine that each piece is flush as well as level, she notes, and a color-matched epoxy will be applied to the seams.

And yet, in recent years, it seems as though marble countertops are as synonymous with a kitchen as a sink that runs and an oven that works. It’s best to get as long as a slab as proportions permit for continuous veining, or to closely match the look of separate pieces with a strategic cut. Large cutting boards and thick pot holders can guard the surface against cuts and temperature changes, and natural cleaners and mild dish soap on a soft cloth can wipe up messes without leaving abrasions.

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However, there are some classic as well as quirky combinations of marble with other interior décor elements, that can be used to make the bathroom countertop and a visually appealing sight in the home.

So wooden cabinets paired with marble countertops will be an amazing choice! Gray and white is known to a harmonious blend fand is no exception when it comes to bathrooms. Black cabinets with marble bathroom countertops are an example of this color combination. With intricate surface veining and a wide range of colors, marble stone slabs can add aesthetic appeal to any bathroom.

Marble is mostly used for flooring, constructing shelves, and kitchen and bathroom countertops. The colors black and white together never fail to amaze mo matter in which part of the house it is used. A deep brown or dark gray wooden cabinets supporting a white marble bathroom countertop would beautifully balance the distressed nature of concrete. Coupled with white marble countertops and white cabinets this combination will represent the ocean and seas and will be a perfect fit for bathroom décor.

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Your kitchen is the heart of your home and where you cook, entertain, and enjoy time with your family. Great communication, gorgeous marble, competitively priced, and friendly and professional crew. They have a plumber who does all of the disconnect/connect faucets, garbage disposal and gas cook top work.

All of the work was done in one day with the highest level of customer service. Jim is the best, customer focused, won’t try to sell unnecessary things.

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So, my project included not just granite work, but also a lot of plumbing work! I needed a company that would remove/dispose of the old counters, sinks and then install beautiful new granite counters & sinks. She counseled us on our choice of a light granite that looks gorgeous in our new kitchen. The installation was flawless– performed by two highly skilled and conscientious men. We chose a beautiful quartz countertop with an ogee edge, and it looks just perfect in our kitchen!

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It’s hard to beat the beauty and natural look of a true marble!

However, it’s important to protect marble from water, spills and stains. Do not use marble in high-traffic areas of the home where dirt, sand or other particles may grind into the marble, which can permanently damage or mark the stone.

Clean marble with a clean, slightly damp cloth and then dry with a soft towel.

Commercially, any stone that can be polished is also known as marble, with the exception of granite. Marbles are not as hard or scratch-resistant as granites or quartzites, but they are still commonly used for countertops. Whether used for tile floors, countertops or bathroom remodels, marble is the stone of choice for making a lasting impression. Never leave a chemical, citric or acidic item or substance on the marble. Avoid bleach, acidic cleaners or any abrasive household cleaners with marble, as etching and dullness may occur.

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This treatment is used regularly on 2cm countertops to make them appear thicker, but the negative aspect is that the seam between layers will be visible. It is true that the material cost is lower when comparing slabs, but the handling and fabrication costs are the same as 3cm material since the process is the same regardless of thickness. Granite and marble countertops that are 3cm thick are strong enough to support their own weight when installed on cabinet bases.

Marble countertops that are 2cm are more prone to breakage because it is a softer stone. With the proper care and attention to maintenance, marble is best suited in the bathroom. This is especially useful in an eat-in kitchen where there are bar stools along the cabinet.

The thickness of the slab affects the pricing, installation method, and resistance to breakage. Slabs that are 3cm thick are a better value in the end than the 2cm slabs. It is common to assume that 2cm material is less expensive because it is thinner than 3cm, but that is a myth. Even though 3cm slabs weigh more, 2cm slabs cost the same when handling the material because it requires greater attention and care to prevent breakage. Countertops that are 2cm thick usually are installed on a 3/8” plywood decking to increase its strength and resistance to weight. It has become a popular choice for bathroom vanities because it has a “lighter” appeal both in color and thickness. Granite slabs that are 3cm thick are the best choice for kitchen countertops because of its strength and resistance to staining. Another benefit to using 3cm material in the kitchen is that it can withstand overhang clearances up to 12” with either hidden or decorative supports.

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Get some iron on or glue on edge banding either locally or from a catalogue, and apply to the edges of the plywood, sanding it flush.

Even so, you may still need to run a small bead of black caulk to hide the joint betwen plywood and granite, and repaint the edge. Cabinet/counter top shops should have rods that you route in if you wanted to go that route. I assume what little thickness the bracket has is not a problem? Haven’t had any issues with people hitting them with their knees or snagging their pants.

Going to take a ride to a local building center this morning and see if the guys there can help me. I was not worried about the baby but to test if it would hold my brother in law put his arms on the bar and pushed himself up off the ground with his arms. I thought my granite might crack and quickly said “what are you doing”?

And cut half inch slits in the the back top of the counter so it would lay plush. Cut the sheet so that it is about 3 inches smaller than the size of the granite all around and radius the corners. Prep the exposed part of the bottom of the sheet and the edge banding by priming and sanding.

Out here, that is something the granite companies fabricate into the counter during install. Have there been any problems with someone crossing their leg and snagging their slacks? If using the brackets how many would you suggest for a length of 65 inches? We notched the cabinet so that the counter was sitting flat and snug. I dont understand how corbels do the job that are like 4 inches out (hope that makes sense) and you still have over the recommended max of 6inches unsupported? My overhang is 12 inches for 72 inches and then a small side of 36 inches. Now on our bar we have a 12inch overhang that is only support by like a 8 inch wall. One time my sister strapped her baby (1 year) to this bar with one of those hanging baby seats that mount to the bar or a table.


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