When you’re remodelling the kitchen, there are so many things to consider, but one decision can be made easier by making your space beautiful with marble kitchen countertops. This is a long-established choice because of marble’s adaptability to all types of kitchen designs, not to mention that marble has an expensive look, and is cheaper than other countertop choices. It does have a few cons though. Marble is susceptible to scratching, etching and staining.
Find out how the cons of making your space beautiful with marble kitchen countertops stacks up against the many pros.
Let’s start with the basics:
What Colour is Marble?
One thing that makes marble so versatile is it comes in many different natural colors, such as:
As well, some marble pieces have veins, as you can see in the photograph, while others have natural patterns.
Versatility of White Marble
The most common color is white for kitchen spaces, because it adapts and blends in well with many materials, such as wood, tile and stainless steel. As well, scratches are less visible with white marble countertops and marble can be enhanced by giving it a polished finish. But, if the kitchen has a formal look, a matte finish can also be applied.
A marble’s finish determines both its performance and look. The most commonly used finishes for countertops are matte, antique, and polished.
Matte: This smooth look and soft feel is created when marble is sanded down. Making scratches and any flaws less noticeable, but the sanding opens the marble’s pores, so it can be more responsive to stains.
Antique or leather: This look creates a texture similar to leather and is applied to a matte finish. Although it has a glazed look, it isn’t as reflective as a polished look. The leather look is common for dark marbles.
Polished: A high-gloss surface is created by grinding and buffing, which brings out the details of the marble’s veining, character and color. Although a polished look is not as porous as other finishes, it is more responsive to etching caused by cleaners. Which leads us to sealants.
Does Marble Need a Sealant?
Yes. Due to its porous attributes and vulnerability to chemicals, marble countertops have to be sealed – which creates a smooth, glazed look that is quite popular. Although it acts as a buffer against staining, eventually the marble will start to absorb stains, so the sealant needs to be reapplied.
Types of Sealants
Penetrating: This sealant goes deep into the marble’s pores, and is most commonly used for kitchen countertops.
Topical: This sealant covers the marble’s surface. Its downsides include that it can be scorched by heat, wears off more quickly, and is not as effective for scratches.
Cleaning and Maintaining Marble Countertops
This is one of the best parts about marble – it’s super easy to clean. You just have to clean up any spillage right away so it doesn’t have time to seep in. Use a cutting board so you don’t scratch it, and wash it with a mild dishwashing detergent; never use abrasive pads on it.
Shopping for Marble Countertops
Before shopping for marble countertops you need to do a little research and preparation. But, even before you start that you should get some help from fabrication professionals. Below are few more things to consider:
Size Specifications: Marble comes in finished slabs, cut to a specific thickness. The majority of marble slabs are cut to .75 – 1.25-inches, although it’s possible to get thicker cuts.
The look you want: Before going to look at marble have an idea of the color and patterning you want. Keep in mind though that marble is natural so you can’t order it to an exact patterning, or specific coloring.
Pricing Differences: Marble doesn’t have set pricing, usually. Suppliers have different price bands. Is Marble Expensive?
Marble is not cheap, but not outrageously expensive either. The cost of marble varies depending on thickness, complexity to install, demand and availability, however, there is a big gap in pricing – usually $125 – $250 per sqft, but this varies.
Let’s recap what we’ve learned, and then you can decide if the pros outweigh the cons.
Marble Pros: It is naturally beautifully, unique, resistant to heat, available in different colors and patterns. As well it is reasonably priced, easy to clean, versatile and accentuates any kitchen.
The Cons: Marble is susceptible to scratching, etching, and staining. However, these can be dealt with by sealing and simple maintenance.
This article was written by Jenny Sawyer, who believes that marble countertops are a great choice for your kitchen.