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Marble Countertops for Your Kitchen

Affordable Quality Marble Countertops!

If you have ever looked in a kitchen magazine or watched a home show chances are you have seen stunning marble countertops featured in a elegant kitchen. It no surprise that marble is so sought after for a kitchen countertop material. It looks amazing, adds style, and seems to be a designers choice that never goes out of style.

But how much do you really know about marble countertops? Are they really a good countertop for your kitchen? Well, trust us when we say your not alone if you have many questions about getting a marble countertop. Below are the basics of marble countertops if you a thinking of getting one and have questions. Feel free to give us a call or stop in if you would like to find out more or see some styles. When it comes to marble countertops we are experts and we will give you the honest info you need to make the best decision.

What are Marble Countertops?

Kithen Countertops in Marble

Marble Countertops

Marble countertops are a type of natural “stone” countertop. They are cut from the ground, cut into large flat pieces called slabs, polished, shipped around the world, cut into countertop shapes, and finally installed in your kitchen.  They are basically kind of “functional stone art”. But marble is not the same as other stone countertops like granite. Marble has specific properties that makes it get classified as marble. Generally marble have the following features:

  • Softer material than other stones (Less dense so more porous)
  • Contains varying amounts of veining (Minerals deposits that create patterns)
  • Comes in hues of white, black, gray, yellow, green, brown, blue, and even some pinks.

What are the Pros and Cons of Marble Countertops?

Pros:

  • Natural Material – Not man made at all. Only crafted by the hands of skilled craftsman to bring out natures beauty.
  • Every piece is unique – Like fingerprints or one of a kind works of art.
  • Wide range of colors and patterns – Varying from soft to hard patterns and more colors then what most people know.
  • Extremely heat resistant – Hot pans are no worry with natural stone.
  • Timeless – Marble has been used for thousands of years so no it won’t go out of style
  • Adds a unique look and design – Marble is marble and it can add a unique element to your kitchen that can’t be duplicated.

Cons:

  • Needs to be sealed – Marble is very porous and needs to be sealed to prevent staining. Once sealed properly as long as you keep the seal updated every year or so it will continue to resist staining.
  • Does not like acids – The mineral makeup of marble tends to breakdown easier than other materials when expose to acids. Acids like lemon juice, some cleaners, sodas, and wine should be not allowed to sit or “etching” can occur.
  • Not as durable to scratching – As a softer material marble scratches easier then other stones. This can be a good thing for lots of people like the “aged” look of marble.
  • Prices can vary greatly – Some colors can cost lots more than others. If your concerned on price you should talk to one of our professionals about your options.
  • Chipping Corners – All countertops will chip if you hit them hard enough. If a chip does occur just keep the piece most can be fixed.

 

Are Marble Countertops good Kitchen Countertops?

Marble can be an excellent kitchen countertop if used and cared for properly. The key to all stone countertops is prevention. We seal all our countertops above industry standards and usually they are sealed once at the factory and a second time after installation. Our sealer is one of the best available and is rated for 10 years. However, the more you use and abuse your countertop the faster the sealer breaks down and we recommend to “re-seal marble” at least once a year. For some people marble countertops might not be the best choice if you are worried scratches or keeping it clean.

However, marble has been used for thousands of years and the look is priceless. If you really want marble to create a specific type of look than the little extra maintenance and care is always worth the trade off.

See our FAQ page or Blog for more info on Marble.