Marble alternatives

calizzyJune 24, 2013

I desperately LOVE Carrera marble countertops, but I definately need somthing more durable. Is there any other type of solid surface material that looks like white marble with gray veining? And don't say "just go with granite"!! I don't want granite. Does Hi Macs or Corrian make an imitation marble? What about cultured marble? Can that be used in kitchens?

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I was in the exact same predicament and did go with granite -- Vermont White Granite. It looks very much like marble but has the durability we all want in the kitchen. Many people who have come to see the new kitchen ask if it's marble.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 8:38PM
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That is beautiful! I am hoping for something a bit less pricey though.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 12:07AM
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While Corian is not so popular on this site, we used their Raincloud in our kitchen. It worked for our needs and design. It was not inexpensive, but I'm sure less than real marble.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 6:10PM
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Would quartz ((ie Silestone, Viatera, Cambria) be in your price range? Depending on the pattern, it can be quite affordable, but I didn't price a marble look.

Right now in my area, many granites are substantially less expensive or equal to quartz, and quartz is either less or equal to the best looking Corian (which IMO are Raincloud, Clamshell, Burled Beach, MS Sea Salt and MS Ravine)

Here is a link that might be useful: quartz instead of marble

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 8:32PM
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I looked and looked, and never found anything that wasn't marble that looked enough like marble for me.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 9:30PM
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Have you considered the quartzites? Am looking into white macaubus myself...the cross cut slabs (aka calacatta quartzite) are very marble-like and much more durable (or so I have heard!)

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 9:42PM
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I went through the same issue and looked everywhere, quartz, quartzite, marble, danby marble, granites and nothing met my criteria of a very white stone, durable, doesn't etch, etc. At the last minute before fabrication, I found it. It's called bianco parana. I can't figure out how to post a picture. I even tried to etch and stain my unsealed sample and it was fine. It's a dolomite stone which I gather is like a quartzite.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 3:11PM
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Jsar, I saw some slabs of bianco parana today and I wasn't sure if it was a marble, quartzite, or marble. Is is GORGEOUS! How is the pricing for that compared to other quartzites or granites? I have a couple slabs of calacatta quartzite being transferred in from out of state but haven't paid for them yet until I see them and ok them.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 11:17PM
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I think the pricing is comparable to the calacatta quartzite, and super white quartzite. It was more than carrera marble. But worth the extra penny to not worry about etching my counters. My fabricator said it was the closest thing to marble he has ever seen.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2013 at 12:56PM
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