Without a doubt, marble countertops are truly stunning. They can transform a room like no other with their elegance and style, invoking a timelessly sophisticated quality to any kitchen or bathroom. But when it comes to countertops, there is no silver bullet considering the individual tastes and preferences of homeowners. In this article, we’re going to explore marble countertops pros and cons in an effort to shed some light on whether or not they are right for you!
Without a doubt, marble kitchen countertops enhance the value of a home or property significantly as the quality this natural stone’s reputation lends itself to meaning. However, financially speaking, white marble countertops can run you into the red since they require yearly to bi-yearly sealing. That may be all well and good if you’re aware of the necessity for marble sealing, but it’s an additional cost to consider when making this investment. Yes, marble adds value to your home, but is it worth it at the cost of resealing year after year? That’s a personal decision only an individual homeowner can make.
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Marble is versatile in that if you decide to remove it from one room of your home, you can install it in another. Clearly, based off so many varieties, there are a variety of impressive finishes to suit any particular personal style. You would think since marble is such a luxury surface that it would require special supplies with which to clean it, but the good news is cleaning marble countertops is actually pretty low maintenance. Daily care consists of wiping with a damp rag, just as you would any other surface. (Surprising, huh?)
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But even though marble is easy to clean, it can be highly reactive to foods and cause etching and can even be stained easily. No joke—even water can stain marble if left unattended! So while this may make a stunning addition to your kitchen, carefully consider the damage that can be done with everyday wear and tear. For many, it’s worth the investment—for others, they prefer something more durable.
While marble is a sophisticated natural stone that can meet a variety of tastes and aesthetic preferences, it can cause undue stress for some homeowners with having to worry about resealing, staining and etching. While no countertop choice or option is perfect, making the best decision based on your needs and lifestyle is ultimately your top priority. Installing marble countertops may mean keeping a strict resealing schedule twice a year to avoid excess stains. It also may mean being nearly religious about using trivets, potholders and cutting boards to prevent further damage.
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Clearly, many are so awestruck with the inherent beauty and grace of marble that they are willing to accommodate what it takes to sustain it over time. While there are some equally viable alternatives when it comes to countertops, you have to decide if the pros outweigh the cons. Many marble lovers would agree that they do, especially when looking at how his natural stone transforms a room.
If you’re in the market for a marble or another natural stone countertop you can preview our massive slab selection at one of our three Southern California locations in San Diego, San Marcos.