Marble: Beauty vs Durability

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*Marble is a beautiful natural stone that has been widely used for ages. However, is it a good choice when selecting a stone for your new kitchen or bath? Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of this timeless classic.marble in kitchen

Pros:

*No one will argue the fact that not many stones can compete with the elegant beauty of Marble. No 2 slabs are alike and it comes in a variety of colors. However, the classic white with gray veins is probably the most sought after color choice.
*It is not the cheapest of stone options, but it also is not the most expensive either. It’s pretty widely available as well, so it’s not hard to get a hold of when you are planning your project.
*Marble holds up well to heat. It doesn’t yellow, making it a good option for fire place surrounds. It also works well in offices, and other “less used” areas of the home.
*Marble develops of patina over time. Depending on your taste, this could be considered a con, but most people like this aspect and view it as a unique feature of Marble.

Cons:

*With all it’s classic beauty, Marble does have some definite disadvantages. So much so, that there are some fabricators that won’t warranty the stone in kitchens. Bathroom applications can be ok, but will still be subject to some of the same down falls involved in the kitchen applications.
*Marble is a very porous material, even more so than granite. This means that it readily absorbs liquids such as oil, wine, juice etc. Spills will penetrate deeper into the stone very quickly, making stains very difficult if not impossible to get out. Even in bathrooms, spills of nail polish, liquid make-up, or remover will stain.
*There are sealers that can help some with the staining, but they must be done often and properly applied. They do not completely protect either, but can give a little time if a spill isn’t wiped up immediately. Marble counters should be sealed at least once a year and more often if you cook a lot. Always be on the look out for wear on the sealant.
*Sealers do help some with staining, but they don’t prevent the etching that occurs from acidic substances coming in contact with the surface. Marble is a very “soft” stone. A slice of lemon left laying on the counter will actually wear into the stone, leaving etched lines that cannot be removed.
*Because it is soft, Marble also scratches extremely easily from just everyday normal use. If objects are dropped or banged into the counter, it can crack, chip, or even break off a corner.

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So is Marble a good choice:

*Well, that depends on each individual. There are some that just love the beauty and don’t mind the maintenance, and the “flaws” that are sure to come in the form of stains and scratches. These individuals will see these aspects as just part of the natural, “lived-in”, old world feel of the stone. Others want their counters to remain looking as fresh as the day they were installed. What is most important to you, the beauty or the durability? If durability is high on your list, then selecting Quartz counters may be a better choice because of their extreme durability. More recently, there are even some Quartz color choices available that mimic the look of Marble.       *Knowing what is most important to you and what your expectations are concerning your counter tops are the deciding factors when it comes to Marble.