When looking for marble slabs, it’s important to understand the range of possibilities in how marble forms and is cut. At Intrepid Marble and Granite, near West Linn, we offer hundreds of marble slab and tile options. Our staff is eager to help you find the perfect slab of marble for your space and advise you on what the differences entail.
As with all-natural stone, marble may be cut in two different ways: vein or crosscut. A cross-cut will result in the swirly, random patterns that most of us are accustomed to seeing. A vein cut (pictured here), on the other hand, produces an incredibly linear, striped pattern. Both of these cuts are desirable and can be used for different design elements. The direction of the veining will affect the aesthetic of the design and should be considered when choosing a slab.
Marble countertops offer many benefits. They are naturally cool to the touch, which makes them especially popular with bakers. You can roll your dough right out on the counter and your butter won’t immediately start melting, making the process a lot easier. They’re also incredibly durable, in their own way – remember that some of the classical world’s most recognizable landmarks (like the Taj Mahal and the Parthenon) were constructed from blocks of marble.
Marble also requires a little more maintenance and care than other materials – we often say that it takes the right personality to live with a marble countertop. Because marble is made of calcite, which is reactive to acids, it’s subject to etching. This is completely normal and expected, and for many people, the way this material ages over time is actually one of its best attributes. That said, it’s not for everyone. Marble’s porosity also means that it should be sealed properly to prevent deterioration. (You can check your sealant by dropping a small amount of water onto the surface – if the water doesn’t bead up, it’s time to reseal.) In terms of regular care and maintenance, be cautious when using household cleaners on your marble countertops. We recommend only cleaning the surface with soap and water, and avoiding any harsh chemicals. We don’t recommend placing hot pots and pans directly on the surface, as the rapid change in temperature can cause rapid expansion and contraction, something called “thermal shock.”
Despite the additional care and maintenance that is required of marble countertops, it’s hard to beat that classic, elegant look and feel that marble provides to a room. Intrepid Marble and Granite near West Linn have been in business for many years, and we are happy to help you pick out the material that best matches your design and lifestyle needs.
High Quality Marble Slabs In West Linn
West Linn is a city with a rich history and a relatively small population. This city is home to Willamette Falls which is the largest waterfall in the Northwestern United States. West Linn uses this natural resource to generate electricity.
At Intrepid Marble and Granite we also utilize natural resources. Importing the best selection of natural stone, tile, and slab to provide the residents of West Linn with the most beautiful materials that nature has to offer. Visit our 30,000 sq ft. showroom and see all the products that we have available!