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Everything You Need to Know About Dolomite

As gray and white countertops continue to be popular, we think this is a great time to talk about dolomite countertops. This lesser-known stone is a good option for customers who want the look of marble but need something less expensive and more durable.

Here we will tell you everything you need to know, the characteristics, pros and cons, so you can decide if dolomite is a good choice for your kitchen countertops.

What Is Dolomite?

Dolomite is a sedimentary rock resulting from limestone and lime mud coming into contact with groundwater that is rich in magnesium. Because of that, the rock is quite similar to limestone in its coloring and composition. Dolomite is also called Dolostone to prevent confusion with the mineral dolomite which is a significant part of the stone’s composition.

High polished slabs cut from dolomite rock, dolomite countertops look great and are commonly confused as marble or quartzite to the untrained eye. However, that is where the confusion ends, because dolomite is not as fragile and soft as marble but is not as hard and resistant as quartzite.

Here are some specifics characteristics of dolomite so you will know all the pros and cons of choosing dolomite stone as your countertop material.

Appearance

Often found with gray and white coloring containing streaks allowing it to resemble marble is the main reason dolomite countertops are popular.

The stone’s appearance and traits lend itself to sophisticated styles which makes it perfect for countertops and backsplash designs.

Hardness (Scratch Resistant)

Dolomite is harder than average, and not as fragile as marble. On the hardness scale, dolomite is superior to marble’s ratings, however it is not as scratch proof as granite and quartzite. Customers will need to be careful with the dolomite countertops, they can be scratched by glass and metal, so cutting boards are a must!

Durability

Dolomite countertops will outperform marble and last longer. These stones can last decades if they are taken care of properly.

Although dolomite stone is more prone to chipping and cracking than granite, it is likely not to happen and is very resistant to wear and tear.

Resistance To Stains

Dolomite is less liquid absorbent and sensitive to acids than marble, however it still requires annual sealing and acids are definitely a no-no as dolomite will etch if exposed to them.

When you choose dolomite, you can feel safer than you would with marble, but maintenance is still needed and should be taken.

Heat Resistance

This is where dolomite countertops shine over quartz – heat resistance is their greatest strength. Quartz countertops are more resistant to scratches and stains than dolomite, but quartz cannot take heat or sunlight. A hot pan on quartz marks it for life, but dolomite can, and will, hold heat well making it one less thing to worry about.

Price

This is another area where dolomite is a great option. In most cases, dolomite is more affordable than marble, quartz and in some cases granite. Dolomite costs will vary depending on a supplier, but you can expect them to generally range between the costs of quartzite and marble.

Are Dolomite Countertops Right for You?

Now that we’ve given you the characteristics, pros and cons of dolomite countertops, if you have any other questions, give the experts at C&C Stoneworks a call.

If you are in the market for a white or gray countertop, we can help you narrow down your choices. Marble offers an amazing look but is the more fragile choice. Quartz offers great options of durability and less maintenance, but it cannot take the heat. Dolomite offers great looks at a more affordable price, but still requires plenty of attention.

 

With that in mind, give us a call and let us help you pick the right stone countertop for your home and lifestyle. We would love to schedule a consultation and have you visit our showroom located in Greenville, North Carolina. Give us a call at 252-902-5535 today.

Natural Stone Countertops

​Most people think of marble, granite and quartzite when they think of natural stone countertops. Natural stone is a classic choice for countertops because of their one-of-a-kind beauty. Below is an overview of natural stone choices along with information on their benefits, finishes, applications and more.

Benefits:
Since mother nature is responsible for natural stone, each slab is unique in their shade variations, cracks, chips, fissures, pits and pores. Whatever you do, do not let this scare you away? These variations are what make natural stone so beautiful! Natural stone is also very durable, and some natural stone is resistant to bacteria, heat, scratches, and stains, and can even be used in outdoor spaces. Depending on what finish you choose, it can change the overall look and resistance of your countertops.​

Pros and Cons of Natural Stone Countertops:
No matter what countertop surface you choose there will always be pros and cons. You should take these into consideration when choosing a material so you can make the best decision for your project based on your design preference and lifestyle.

Granite

  • Pro: Durability. With regular sealing, granite countertops are heat, chemical, scratch and stain resistant.
  • Con: Granite is a porous material, so it does need to be resealed. Resealing natural stone countertops (granite, marble and quartzite) is recommended every 1 to 2 years to protect against staining.

Marble

  • Pro: Marble countertops absolutely beautiful, and if they are well-maintained, they can increase your  property value.
  • Con: Easily Stain.

Quartzite

  • Pro: Quartzite looks like marble. With their unique and their swirling designs make countertops look more interesting helping to create an impressive bathroom or kitchen.
  • Con: Although it is durable and strong, quartzite can be damaged by sharp objects, such as a knife. You must also seal quartzite countertops annually to keep them shiny and stain free.

Soapstone

  • Pro: Very sanitary countertop because it is non-porous. It can be cleaned with a mild soap and a sponge.
  • Con: Since the stone is fairly soft, avoid cutting on it. Be careful not to drop heavy objects on it. The soft nature of soapstone makes it nice to the touch, but it is also its one main weakness.

Finishes:
Before the slab gets delivered and installed into your home, the last step of the fabrication process is the finish. Depending on your style, you can choose smooth, textured, glossy countertops or even have little to no shine. This is all achieved by the finish.

  • Polished: To achieve semi-gloss to high gloss on your countertop, polished should be your choice. Stains are less likely on polished countertops, but one negative is that a high-gloss surface shows scratches easier.
  • Honed: Honed is a popular finish for marble – it creates a smooth, matte look. The benefit is that scratches are difficult to see, but this makes the surface more prone to stains.

Care:
Care for your natural stone countertops depends on whether it is granite, marble, quartzite or soapstone. You will want to be sure you are taking the proper precautions to prevent damage. We highly recommend cleaning up spills with a soft cloth using mild soap and warm water. If the stain is more stubborn, a nonabrasive bristled brush could be used. Always use hot pads, cutting boards, placemats, trivets and coasters to protect your surface from staining, scratches and discoloration.

Applications:
The most common places are for natural stone to be incorporated in your home are in kitchens and bathrooms as countertops, but natural stone can be used in so many other areas of your home. Consider an outdoor kitchen, a fireplace surround, flooring, or backsplash.

Our designer can help you incorporate natural stone into your home, call us to schedule a meeting today, 252-902-5535.