Pros and Cons of Marble Counter Tops

Pros and Cons of Marble Counter Tops

If you want to update your home it makes sense to start with the kitchen. It’s the heart of the home and you want it to be as inviting and functional as possible.  

It is one of the most sensible renovations to increase the value of your home.  Replacing worn-out tile countertops and floors with a fresh application of stone can work wonders in revitalizing your home.

Marble Counter Tops

Nothing can rival the look of marble kitchen countertops. There is a richness to solid marble slabs that you can’t get from other stones. Marble has endless variations based on where it is sourced, the number of impurities, patterns, colours and veining. Colours can range from white to black to pink and green.

Marble remains naturally cool which makes it ideal for cooking and baking. It isn’t 100% heat resistant so you shouldn’t place hot pots and pans directly on marble countertops.

Marble countertops create a perceived sense of value and quality. Many experts argue that marble has the ability by itself to increase your home’s value. Others dispute that argument, but there is no debate that marble adds a sense of taste and value.

Marble countertops will last a lifetime in your home. They require some upkeep, maintenance and sealing, but when properly cared for can last a very long time.

Marble will stain and acidic liquids can permanently stain it. Marble has to be sealed to prevent staining. It is best to seal it once it has been installed and then again on an annual basis.

If you accidentally stain the marble, the Marble Institute recommends a solution of 12% hydrogen peroxide combined with a few drops of ammonia applied with a soft cloth.

Marble will scratch easily when touched for a long time by something acidic. A slice of lemon laid on a polished countertop overnight can leave a mark in the shape of the lemon slice. It will be duller than the surface around it.

Marble is quarried all over the world, and varies in density and porosity. This affects how they wear and how stain-resistant they will be.

With all of its quirks and shortcomings, marble is still tremendously popular. You find marble used in many professional kitchens. Professional chefs love it and don’t seem to be able to live without it.

Marble appeals to those who like unique character that comes as the stone wears and ages gracefully over time.