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Marble Kitchen Countertops

Posted on: May 14, 2019

Pros & Cons of Using Marble in the Kitchen

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One of the most commons things we hear is, “We’re thinking about putting marble countertops in our kitchen, what do you think?” Marble countertops are beautiful and make a great addition to a home if you’re looking to create a contemporary-style kitchen. But some are wary of the stone, so get the truth about putting marble in your kitchen!

Do Marble Countertops Stain?

When homeowners are considering their options for their kitchen countertops, the counter’s resistance to stains is always a big factor. Marble is more porous than materials like quartz and granite, allowing for substances like oil to more easily stain and seep into the stone. But many homeowners with marble kitchen counters have said they don’t notice stains becoming a big issue. Yes, grease and oil may absorb into your marble, but if your counters are sealed well, staining is not a major concern. Those with marble countertops say that small stains are easily cleaned and will disappear in time.

Is Scratching & Etching a Problem for Marble Counters?

Marble is a softer stone than granite or quartz, meaning that it allows for scratches, chips, and etching. Etching is when water and acidic liquids can leave slightly visible markings. Homeowners with marble kitchen countertops note that scratching and etching is more of an issue than staining, though these marks aren’t incredibly noticeable. Over time, these scratches and marks become less and less obvious, and with the proper care, your counters will gain a slight patina (a gloss or sheen on a surface resulting from age or polishing) that also helps to hide scratches or water rings. So, yes: Marble countertops are more easily scratched and etched than other materials, but it’s up to the homeowner to properly maintain them. Perfectionists may not be able to live with the markings, so this factor is mainly a personal preference.

How Does the Cost of Marble Compare to Other Materials?

The cost of countertops varies based on style and type, as well as the size of your kitchen. Natural stone materials such as granite and marble are more expensive that other options like quartz. Many assume that marble is on the pricier end of the spectrum, but many marbles have about the same cost of less expensive granite countertops. Depending on your budget, marble can be a very affordable option!

Should You Get Marble Countertops in Your Kitchen?

There are certainly are lot of countertop options for homeowners to choose from including quartz, granite, tile, and marble. The material you choose will depend on the look of the kitchen you want and how often you plan on cleaning and maintaining your counters. For those who want a low-maintenance countertop that doesn’t stain or scratch easily, marble may not be the best choice. But for others who know they want the unique look of marble and are okay with small imperfections, marble countertops are a beautiful, affordable option for any kitchen.

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