Grigio Concreto Dolomite is a dark grey-coloured stone with subtle white specks and heavy veining throughout. Due to Grigio Concreto being a Dolomite Stone, it is stronger, denser, and less porous than Marble or Limestones. Grigio Concreto is quarried in Central America and is suitable for a range of uses, from workbenches to feature walls.
What is Dolomite Benchtops, often known as “Hard Marble”?
Looking through marble designs to find an appealing surface for your kitchen countertops can be confusing. Despite its popularity, other natural stones are also taking interior design companies by storm. One such sone is called “Hard Mable” or “marble that acts like granite”. Dolomite is its actual name. Dolomite Slab is frequently advertised as a user-friendly marble because it is a stone that normally goes unnoticed, but the sedimentary rock has its category and deserves to be recognized. After all, it features on-trend motifs and increased durability for regular use. However, it’s crucial to note that dolomite is not “hard marble” and does not perform in the same way that granite does.
History of Dolomite Benchtops
Dolomite Benchtops is a sedimentary stone, which means it developed on the earth’s surface. Opposite to granite, which is made in magma chambers beneath the earth’s surface. It is abundantly found in sedimentary basins – warm, shallow marine locations where calcium carbonate mud accumulates in the form of shell detritus, choral pieces, and carbonate precipitates — all over the world (as in the Dolomite Alps in Italy).
It forms similarly to limestone up until that point, but to become dolomite, the calcite in carbonate mud must be transformed by magnesium-rich groundwater, which facilitates the conversion of calcite to dolomite on a volume-for-volume basis. Dolomitization is the name for this chemical reaction.
Dolomite mineral grains are distinct, larger than calcite crystals in limestone, and have a uniform size.
Features of Dolomite Benchtops
Dolomite Benchtops is known for its clean, crisp colour palette of greys and whites, which is in high demand. Dolomite is often grey, white, and has some brown tones. Dolomite Slabs can have flecks of pink, brown, black, or green, but the majority of them is grey and white, comparable to marble.
Dolomite slabs also have more visible veining and streaked patterns, similar to marble, but is bolder. Dolomite Benchtops give kitchens and bathrooms a stylish look. While it appears to be marble on the surface, there are few important variances.
In comparison to Marble
Dolomite Benchtops is a sedimentary rock with white and grey colouration that forms when limestone and lime mud combine with magnesium-rich groundwater. While this natural stone is frequently confused for marble or quartzite, it has distinguishing characteristics that set it apart from the others.
- A Dolomite Benchtops will have a long and beautiful life if properly cared for, frequently outlasting marble in the long run. Dolomite slabs can generally handle liquids and acids better than marble over time due to their higher amount of non-porosity. Even so, this stone does not come without some upkeep. To keep it clean, it must be sealed regularly.
- Dolomite Benchtops have a better durability rating than Marble Benchtops, owing to their thick mineral composition. Dolomite, which is slightly harder than most marbles, is more resistant to scratches and heat. This stone, on the other hand, lacks the solidity and durability of granite and quartzite. In other words, in terms of durability, it’s a decent middle-of-the-road alternative for kitchen and bathroom renovation projects.
- Dolomite Benchtops are generally less expensive than some prized Marbles Slabs and other quality slabs, such as quartz and granite. However, keep in mind that prices will vary depending on the precise application and stone variety you choose.
- Dolomite is typically grey, white, or tan in tone, making it ideal for creating a stylish environment. It’s less frequent to find it with pink, brown, black, or green tinges. Dolomite often has a streaked pattern similar to several popular marble kinds. For homeowners who want the royal beauty of marble, dolomite delivers — with the added benefit of being less delicate and lasting longer, all at a lower cost.
How to Care for Dolomite Kitchen Benchtops?
- If a spill occurs, clean it up as soon as possible to prevent the stain from penetrating the surface. If left on the surface for too long, your Dolomite Benchtop will stain with beetroot, red wine, and some herbs and spices like saffron or turmeric.
- Clean your Dolomite Benchtops using soapy hot water in most cases.
- Your Dolomite Benchtops will last longer if you reseal it every year. Cleaning your Dolomite with harsh acidic cleaning agents will etch the surface. Use only non-acidic and/or stone-specific cleansers, which are available at all supermarkets.
- If stains do occur, use a poultice to remove them. Commercial products are available from your fabricator or a hardware store. However, in most circumstances, a baking soda and water poultice will suffice. If you have any issues, please discuss them with your stone supplier. Olive oil bottles, for example, are notoriously difficult to keep fully dry, and the layer of olive oil on the bottom of the bottle may stain the Dolomite. Place these containers on a shelf or in a cupboard.
- When preparing meals, use a chopping board. Your knife and the countertop will be damaged if you cut straight on the Dolomite. Bacteria from meats and other meals will penetrate the Dolomite’s pores, staining and etching it, while oils and acidic foods will stain and etch it.
- Use trivets under any hot pots or pans since direct contact can result in a burn mark or “thermal shock,” especially if the pan is rusted.
Because of the many various stones and patterns available at Avant Stone, choosing an option for your kitchen benchtop can be intimidating. Many people want the beauty of marble, and Dolomite might be an enticing alternative if you want a little more peace of mind when it comes to staining and etching, and you want the look of marble without the price tag. Some recommended colour combinations are:
- With Super White Dolomite, dark colours like black and dark grey complement the white stone and make it stand out. On the other hand, for a white-on-white appeal, Super White is great as it provides elegance and class to the well-lit kitchen. Just make sure some other hues are present to balance the paleness.
- With Grigio Concreto, the dark grey will suit dark interiors like deep brown, black, and coffee. With its subtle white specks, it can match light colours like off-white too. This stone will add a certain richness to the kitchen, stealing all the attention.