Marble is a timeless and beloved building material that adds a feeling of luxury to any room. Not only is it beautiful to look at, it is a durable material that is suitable for use as bathroom and kitchen countertops. But like anything, they have their pros and cons, and today we are going to explore everything there is to know about marble countertops. Let’s get started!
What Are Marble Countertops?
Marble is a metamorphic stone that can be found in the mountains of North America, South America, Asia, and Europe. It is created when limestone is exposed to heat and pressure over millions of years, turning it into something harder and denser in a process called recrystallization. Marble is naturally softer than granite and will obtain a delicate patina over time, but it is still quite durable.
Most individuals will recognize marble because of its veining. Marble comes in a wide variety of colors, but the veins will be there no matter what. The boldness of their appearance depends on the color of the base stone and what impurities are inside of it.
There was a time where marble was so popular that many manufacturers tried to replicate it using artificial means, in order to offer countertops that looked like marble at lower prices. These products included laminates and solid surfaces, but neither could properly replicate the look and feel of real marble.
The Pros of Marble Countertops
Now that we know a bit about the composition of marble and what sets it apart from other materials, let’s take a look at some of the pros of having marble countertops in your home:
- The look of marble countertops is unparalleled. There is something so unique about the richness of the stone and the veining within that other materials cannot replicate. An added bonus is that marble comes in a wide variety of color combinations.
- It’s more flexible than granite. So for example, if you need a countertop with a curve, then marble could be the right material for you.
- It’s great for cooking. Marble naturally keeps a cool temperature, so it is a wonderful surface for baking and cooking. It is not completely heat resistant, though, so avoid setting hot pots and pans directly on the surface.
- The added value of marble countertops according to experts is up for debate, but it is possible that having marble countertops in your home will be attractive to potential buyers.
- The longevity of marble countertops is definitely a benefit, so long as you maintain them properly.
The Cons of Marble Countertops
Since we have covered why marble countertops can be so great, it is only fair that we delve into why you may not want them in your home:
- The porosity of marble can be problematic. It will stain and any acidic liquid will stain it permanently. If you seal your marble countertops at least once a year, you can usually avoid substantial staining.
- It scratches easily. Marble will scratch quite easily, and if it is exposed to acid for a prolonged period, it will etch where the polish or sealant fades.
- Marble costs more money, and for this reason it is simply not in everyone’s budget. While there are several types of marble that can be more affordable, at the end of the day they are usually still more expensive than other options.
How Much Do Marble Countertops Cost?
On average, marble countertops tend to cost $40 to $100 per square foot. Carrara marble costs about $40 per square foot, Calacatta marble will be about $180 per square foot, and Statuario comes in around $50 per square foot. The cost for installation can be anywhere between $1000 to $10,000 and depends on a variety of factors.
How Are Marble Countertops Installed?
If you choose to install your own marble countertops, beware that marble is heavy and requires a sturdy base to properly support it. In order to cut marble, you need a diamond blade and a circular saw, along with a respirator, ear protection, and eye protection. It will take a professional approximately four to six hours to install a marble countertop, but doing it yourself can cost you a weekend at minimum.
How Do I Care For My Marble Countertops?
Marble countertops require more TLC than some other options. You must seal them once they are installed to prevent any stains from setting, and sealing should be done at least once a year. Marble countertops also require constant cleaning and polishing.
How Long Do Marble Countertops Last?
With the proper attention and maintenance, marble may last more than 100 years. But since it is not the hardest material and can suffer chips, dents, and scratches, it is crucial that you seal it frequently to ensure your countertops last a lifetime.
Contact Capitol Granite!
Capitol Granite specializes in creating beautiful countertops that meet your every need. We understand that pieces can be both attractive and functional at the same time, and we pride ourselves in our work. Contact us today for a quote!