October, 2021

Marble Countertops: Pros & Cons

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Marble countertops always steal the show in a kitchen: they’re bright and timeless with dramatic veining (in some types) that will make your kitchen stand out. But with anything, there are pros and cons to using this natural stone.

Reasons You Might Love Marble Countertops

When planning a kitchen renovation, marble might be a no-brainer for you. Inspiration is all over Pinterest, and you can’t even imagine a kitchen without it.

# 1 Timeless

If Renaissance sculptors loved marble, it’s safe to say the material is timeless. With marble, your home will never look dated or trendy, even though it may seem trendy now. No matter the style preferences of the decade, marble always stands out as a classic choice that looks great in any kitchen (and sometimes it even makes your food look better!).

# 2 Better Detailing

We’ve already mentioned the Renaissance sculptors, but there’s a reason they chose marble: the stone is soft and easy to work with. So, if edge detailing for your countertops is important to you, you can’t go wrong with this natural stone.

# 3 Heat Resistance & Durability

Because it’s a natural stone, marble has high heat resistance and durability. It remains cool, even during hot summer months, and you can place warm pans, pots, and dishes directly on the countertop without damaging it (although you might scratch it). Since marble is an investment, we do recommend using a trivet or potholder under hot dishes to protect the surfaces.

# 4 Increased Home Value

Natural stone (of any kind) always increases your home value compared with laminate or tile, and you can’t go wrong with marble. The timeless quality of marble sets it apart and keeps it looking great even if you sell your home 15 years from now. Because of the neutral coloring, a new buyer will be able to decorate the space without worrying about clashing with the counter.  

Reasons to Choose a Different Natural Stone

But even with all the benefits, marble has its downsides, especially if you can’t keep up with the maintenance of sealing and fixing scratches.

# 1 Staining & Scratching

Marble countertops may stain and scratch. However, we recommend sealing periodically to prevent this. The stone is porous, and without consistent sealing, it may absorb spills of a colored liquid. Scratches may occur in daily life with marble.

You can minimize visible scratching by choosing a honed instead of a polished finish. Because the honed finish is not reflective, you can only see the scratches at certain angles.  Fortunately, you and your guests won’t be able to see them well, the more scratches happen, the less you’ll notice them.

# 2 Etching

Etching is less noticeable than scratches and may occur when lemon juice or an acidic substance sits on or penetrates the marble. However, if sealed properly this can be avoided. You can easily avoid etching by using a cutting board. 

Consider Your Lifestyle:

Some homeowners decide the reward is worth the risk when it comes to marble: the soft stone is both casual and high-end, and makes a great surface for aspiring chefs. Consider your lifestyle before making a final decision.

Is heat resistance important to you? If you move quickly while cooking or baking and don’t have time to put down a trivet, heat resistance is a great benefit. However, with marble, placing a pan or baking sheet directly on the surface may cause a scratch anyway. 

Do you want the bright white look? Of course, bright white everything will always look classic, but you can always use marble as a kitchen island to highlight the beautiful stone, then mix with another option to add contrast and interest.

Visit Garden State Soapstone to view our Cherokee honed marble, as well as other beautiful, durable, natural stones for your next kitchen renovation.