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Marble Benchtop matching

Posted by JanelleC (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 27, 12 at 4:00

We recently have had to have half of the Calacutta marble replaced in our kitchen. We have 20mm with laminated edges to 40mm. We went to the marble supplier we were told to go to by our kitchen person and found a slab which had similar markings to ours. We were told to ask for the 20mm slabs. The marble warehouse took us to 2 stacks of them and we chose a piece. The marble expert mde the benchtops and they are on 36mm thick whilst the rest of our kitchen is 40mm. When the marble man came to our house to masure up he said that Calacutta was one of the most expensive ones and it comes in 3 grades and we had the most expensive. I have since spoken to a few marble places who say that it is acceptable to have a variance in thickness of 2mm but with ours it works out at 4mm because it is laminated on the edges. One of them told us the cheaper marble being imported can be 17 to 21 mm thick whilst the A Grade is always 20mm to 22 mm thick. Can someone tell me about the standards/ types of grades or anything that will help me sort out this terrible situation? our beautiful kitchen is ruined and i don't know what to do.

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RE: Marble Benchtop matching

To me, the Grade A vs Grade B here was in the prep and planning. When you are trying to match something, you really need to measure every detail. It's not as easy as blaming it on grade, etc. When you have the material in hand, grab a tape measure or ruler. It would seem to me that a book edge lamination (basically cut and folded so all the grain matches) could have been cut to any depth so it would match the existing. If they merely stacked the pieces and assumed they would match depth, then even the variance between 20 and 22 mm in your Grade A case could be a 4 mm difference. The difference between 17 and 22 could be up to 10 cm (about 1/3 inch) when doubled. But you are already have the oops -- now how to deal with it.

Do the two surfaces join? If not, can you step back and see if it is really that big of an issue? The 4 mm is a little over a 1/8 inch and most folks wont notice that if you aren't pointing it out unless the meet at some point. If it is that kind of thing, then I might try living with it a while and seeing if my eyes didn't stop focusing on it after a it was brand new.

If the two surfaces join, then it would seem your two options are to have the laminated edge shortened to match the other (a mess - and needs to be done carefully or things could get worse, so make sure you trust your fabricator and their approach for doing it) or replace the other half and make sure it is done right.

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