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Marble Countertops: Pros and Cons

When it comes to kitchen remodeling, countertops would be THE most expensive single item in your cart. From wood to laminate, from granite to marble, there are so many options to choose from. Among all these materials, a lot of people are drawn to marbles because of their jewel-like quality and luxury feel. But there are scary stories about stains and scratches, In this post, I will go through the pros and cons of marble countertops, as well as how to avoid the dilemma.

Pros:

The Look

The truth is there are no other countertops will beat the look of marble. Other than the most popular white, grey and black, there are also green, yellow, pink, red and brown marbles. Because they are quarried from nature, no two slabs are alike. Every piece comes in an unique pattern and definitely adds character to your kitchen.

Heat Resistant

Because marble is formed when limestone is exposed to high pressure and temperatures, so marble is naturally heat resistant to take hot pots and pans.

Cons:

Stains

Like all natural stones, marble has very small holes or pores across it’s surface where liquid and air can pass through. This means marble is prone to stain agents like citrus, wine, and cinnamon.

Scratches

Again this is because marble is porous, so it can get scratched, chipped and etched.

Don’t give up on Marble just yet

I know the cons are off-putting, but there are ways to get around it.

Choose a Darker Marble

If you are scared of stains, don’t get white marble, get a darker one. Darker colour with a slightly busier pattern will trick your eye, and hide stains and scratches.

Seal Your Marble

Use a proper sealer to seal your marble countertop every 6 month, if you cook often. Or seal once a year, if you are not a keen cook.

Choose Polished Finish

For marbles, there are two finishes: polished and honed. Honed is a matte finish, suitable for marble floors. The process of polishing will cover some pores of marble slabs, making it more resistant to stains.

Accept the Imperfection

I heard a story that an Italian marble supplier showed his clients a 10 years old marble countertop with all kinds of stains and scratches. He was enthusiastically telling people the stories about each imperfection. To him, this piece of marble is a living embodiment of a fuller and a happier life.

Decision?

Nigella Lawson once said ‘ Feeling comfortable in the kitchen is essential for everyone, male or female’. At the end of the day, it is your kitchen, you have to live with, choose what you feel the best. And other 10 to 15 years, you probably need to remolding anyway.