If there is any countertop stone option that is truly timeless, it is marble. Marble has been around for literally thousands of years, and is a wonderful addition to almost any kitchen, bathroom, or other room in the home.
Marble forms over millions of years from crystallization, pressure, and heat. The very name, marble, comes from the Greek word ‘marmaros’ which means ‘shining stone.’ Indeed, granite is well known for its shiny look that makes it alluring to so many homeowners.
Benefits of Marble
Easily the biggest benefit to marble is its elegant look, but there are many practical reasons to go with marble for your home as well. For one thing, marble is one of the best countertops to use if you plan on doing a lot of baking in your kitchen, because the surface of marble naturally remains cool and below room temperature. Moreover, when sealed properly, marble is very durable and will resist scratching and cracking.
There are some considerations to keep in mind with marble as well. For one thing, it will discolor overtime. This phenomenon is referred to as ‘patina.’ It basically means that fading will happen to marble over time, mainly because marble is more porous and soft in comparison to other natural stone options. Since marble is porous, it can also absorb oils from your hands quickly as well. This means that bringing marble into direct contact with your skin repeatedly can accelerate the patina process. The good news is that you can mitigate this by applying sealant to the marble regularly. Cincinnati Granite Experts will be more than willing to maintain and apply the sealant for you.
There are a nearly limitless number of different design options for marble: black, white, cream, beige, gray, and so on. Any of these options will be available for Cincinnati Granite Experts to apply to your house, although be warned that white marble is the most expensive choice by far. Some marble countertops will have a more minimalistic design, while others will be more intricate.
It will take effort on your part to protect marble against discoloration, staining, and scratches. Fortunately, most of these can be protected by applying a sealant to the surface of your marble countertop. We here at Cincinnati Granite Experts recommend that you apply a sealant to the surface of your marble countertop a minimum of once per year; some homeowners make the mistake of waiting several years before adding the sealant to their marble countertops again, which doesn’t have the same positive effect. You should also avoid letting citrus or vinegar from getting into contact with marble, as it will etch it.