Marble countertops offer an impressive sleek and smooth finish and can cost less than granite or quartz, but they are generally not recommended for use in kitchens. They require a large amount of maintenance as they can stain, scratch and etch easily.
The classic veined marble that designers have always loved is a result of limestone or dolomite rock undergoing intense heat and pressure. The purest form of marble was the material Renaissance artists used to carve statues.
Advantages of Marble Countertops
- It’s classic. From its Renaissance history to the luxury of using the well-loved stone in kitchens, marble has become an iconic material.
- It allows for personalization. Even with the classic look, there are still options for personalizing the stone. Marble comes in a variety of colors and can sometimes be cut to accommodate a fancier design idea.
- It’s heat resistant. Unlike many manufactured countertops, marble withstands heat, creating a more durable surface.
Disadvantages of Marble Countertops
Even with natural beauty some considerations have to be made.
- It scratches. Because marble is a natural rock, it can vary in hardness. With polished marble especially, scratches can be common.
- It stains. Marble is a porous surface. Food and beverages will stain the countertop. Some marble owners have even reported that water that stands too long on the countertop will leave a stain.
- Etching leaves spots that are less shiny than the rest of the countertop areas.
Caring for Marble
To keep marble looking fresh and luxurious, owners should clean up spills immediately, commit to sealing their countertop at least once per year, and should only clean the countertop with a soft cloth, warm water, and a cleaning product specifically made for marble.
Each piece of marble is unique, with a complexity that cannot be replicated with synthetic materials. If you’re willing to be diligent with the maintenance, marble can make a stunning statement for your countertops.