When you’re in the market to remodel your kitchen or bathroom, the first thing that draws your attention is most likely the countertops. After all, they act as the centerpiece of the room—and you want people’s eyes to be drawn there for good reasons, not bad.
Many people’s number one choice for countertop replacements is natural stone—and one of the most alluring natural stones is marble.
Marble is a great investment and more durable than you might expect—but that’s not where the list of benefits ends. Keep reading to find out why it’s so easy to fall in love with marble countertops.
1. You can protect them from stains.
Marble’s vulnerability to acid is the main reason why people tend to shy away from it. For example, if you were to spill a cup of orange juice on an unprotected marble countertop, that citrus would most definitely stain it. But the good news is that there is an easy way to keep this from happening, and that is by adding a coat of sealant (and resealing whenever necessary). Sealant closes off the natural pores of marble countertops so they won’t absorb liquids as fast!
This doesn’t mean that you should let stains sit for hours on end, but a sealed countertop does give you a bit more time to clean up.
2. Every slab is one of a kind.
There are man-made materials that look like marble out there, but nothing can touch the real thing. Marble is made from sedimentary and limestone rock through a natural process that takes place within the earth. Marble’s veins come from impurities within the limestone that occurred when the earth’s heat and pressure turned it into marble. This natural process is what sets every marble slab apart from the rest.
3. They are easy to clean.
You don’t need any fancy cleaners when it comes to your marble countertop—all you need is some simple dish soap and water. Mix them together and wipe the counter down, and that’s it. You’re done.
If there’s an especially stubborn stain, create a paste out of baking soda and water and leave it on the stain overnight—that should work in getting the stain up and out.
Just make sure not to use abrasive cleaners that contain bleach or citrus when cleaning your marble countertops, as these will create etches in your stone.
4. They’re great for baking.
Marble always stays cool, which makes it a great surface for bakers to work on. You can work with chocolate, dough, and even ice cream without having to worry about your countertops heating up and melting your ingredients! Hot items will also cool faster when placed on a marble countertop, but we recommend using heating pads or trivets when setting hot pans down in order to avoid damage.
5. They’re durable.
While marble is known for being softer than other natural stones, that doesn’t mean it’s not durable. The fact that it’s a natural stone means that it’s inherently durable—and also resistant to scratching and cracking.
Marble has been used as a building material for thousands of years, and it has held up pretty well. As long as you take proper care of your countertops, they will serve you just as well as marble served Ancient Rome.
6. They are heat resistant.
Marble is heat-resistant, which means if a fire broke out in your kitchen, it would be completely unharmed. This is also the main reason why people choose marble for fireplace hearths.
But while marble is heat resistant, it’s not indestructible. Like we said previously, it’s always smart to set a trivet down before a hot pan because while marble is durable, the finish may be vulnerable to heat damage.
7. They brighten up a room.
Marble reflects light and can make any space look brighter. On top of that, they also have the potential to make rooms look larger than they actually are. If your bathroom or kitchen is small or could use some more natural light, then marble is your best bet.
8. They’re more affordable than you might think.
Many of our customers associate marble with a steep price and automatically write it off as being over budget. But though marble can get expensive, there are affordable options as well. It all depends on the type of marble you choose and its thickness.
And either way, marble is a great investment. Even if the price you pay up front is on the high side, marble lasts forever and also raises the resale value of your home. It’s an investment that promises returns.
Your Marble Countertop
At Sanford Granite, we are big fans of marble countertops and can’t wait to help you fall in love with them, too. For a consultation, give us a call at (321) 578-9329.