Pros and Cons of Marble Countertops

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marble bathroomMarble is the attractive stone which has achieved infamy because of its iconic use in sculptures throughout history. In recent years, marble has become a popular stone to use for floors and countertops because of its luxurious qualities as a natural stone. Despite it’s attractive appearance and great quality, both buyers and fabricators are weary of using this stone for countertops for a few reasons. Today we will mention the pros and cons of marble countertops.

Pros of Marble Countertops

  • Attractive: Marble countertops have a very elegant appearance which is guaranteed to impress anyone who comes into your home.
  • Increases Home Value: Due to their attractiveness, marble countertops are going to be a big selling point for future buyers.
  • Unique: It is available in many colors varying from the classic white, to rare color combinations.

Cons of Marble Countertops

  • Easily Damaged: Marble is a softer stone compared to other common countertop surface materials. It can be easily scratched, cracked, and chipped from regular uses that other stones can endure.
  • Easily Stained: Marble is a very porous stone, which means that liquids are likely to cause unattractive stains. It is also sensitive to acidic liquids, meaning that the finish will be damaged if it is exposed to acidic foods or liquids for moderate time periods.
  • High-Maintenance: Marble countertops require frequent, routine cleaning and polishing to retain its attractive appearance.
  • Contractors Are Hesitant to Work With It: As we mentioned before, marble is easily damaged, which is why many stone fabricators are hesitant to work with it because of its expense, and personal liability.

With special treatment, marble is a great addition into any home if your heart is set on having this stone for countertops. Granite is another option which is equally attractive to marble, and is a more durable stone for countertops. Contact a representative at The Rock Shop to get an estimate on countertops today.

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