According to Britannica online, dolomite rock (along with aragonite and calcite) makes up around two percent of the earth’s crust. And a mountain range in Italy known as the Dolomites is among the largest exposures of dolomite rock on earth. This stone has a number of uses, and one of the most popular ones involves kitchen countertops. Could this be a good alternative for your kitchen? Here is some information that will help you decide.
What is Dolomite?
A sedimentary rock, dolomite is a type of limestone that primarily consists of the mineral dolomite. Accordingly, it is often referred to as dolostone or dolomite rock to distinguish it from the mineral of the same name. It is typically gray or off-white but can contain hints of other colors, such as pink, green, brown, or yellow.
Dolostone is so closely related to limestone that it is often difficult to distinguish the two. Even so, dolomite rock ranks slightly higher on the Mohs hardness scale and is somewhat less soluble when exposed to acid. It’s, therefore, ideal for a number of construction applications, including concrete aggregate, refractory bricks, and kitchen countertops.
Dolomite Counter Benefits
Dolostone sits somewhere between granite and marble on the hardness scale. Accordingly, it is a durable material that will resist knicks and scratches. With proper care, your dolomite worktop could easily last for decades.
Dolomite rock is also very heat resistant. While you should never sit hot pans directly on top of any surface, dolomite counters (when properly protected) are unlikely to crack or bubble.
Dolostone is extremely pressure resistant and can therefore withstand a variety of weights. Accordingly, you can use various-sized kitchen appliances or even heavy pots and pans without fear of breaking.
This material is very similar in appearance to marble. At the same time, it’s typically more affordable than marble. So dolomite rock can make your kitchen appear more luxurious while also helping you stay within your budget.
Since it is heat and pressure-resistant, dolomite rock can be used in a number of applications aside from kitchen countertops. A few other ways in which you could use dolomite include:
- Bathroom or utility room counters
- Home offices
- Kitchen bars and/or seating areas
Dolomite rock looks great on its own but can also be paired with wood, granite, or quartzite to give your kitchen a custom look. So if you are into mixing and matching countertop materials, consider dolostone as one of your possible choices.
Disadvantages of Dolomite Rock
Dolomite rock is very porous, so it will need to be sealed before use. However, once it is sealed, it becomes resistant to stains and bacteria. As with marble, your dolomite countertop will likely need to be occasionally resealed.
With dolostone, there’s less variety when it comes to color choices. While some variation is possible, most slabs consist of a gray-and-white color combination. Fortunately, gray and white counters are trendy right now, so a new dolomite counter will certainly give your kitchen a more updated look.
Harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaning products should never be used on dolomite worktops, as they can easily scratch or discolor the surface. This includes natural cleaners containing vinegar or baking soda.
Is a Dolomite Countertop Right for You?
The best way to determine if dolomite is best is to visit our Forked River, NJ showroom. There you can see samples of dolomite and other materials and compare them for yourself. Of course, you can always browse through our live inventory or use our easy contact form to receive a custom quote. Either way, we look forward to serving you.