Marble is a beloved and classic countertop material that adds a touch of luxury to any room. If you are interested in marble kitchen countertops, Lesher Natural Stone, Quartz, & Tile has a wide selection of stunning marble for you to choose from.
Benefits of Marble Countertops
Marble, especially in a kitchen, is great for giving a room a bit of an old world feel. Since marble is so soft, over time, it will develop a worn look called a patina. Though a very traditional material, marble is not regulated to traditional style kitchens and can act as a stunning centerpiece in any style kitchen.
Like the majority of natural stones, marble is heat resistant up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit which means you don’t have to worry about using a hot pad or trivet on your countertops.
Some Cons of Marble Countertops
Marble is a natural stone and as such has natural pits, fissures, and variations in color and movement. However, none of this implies that the material is weak, inferior, or damaged; it is simply part of the nature of the material. To many this makes marble very attractive; however, if you are looking for a countertop material that is entirely uniform and without variation marble might not be for you.
As mentioned previously, marble is a softer stone and can scratch. You should always use a cutting board on your marble countertops if marks bothered you. Marbles can also bruise, meaning a blow or force to the stone can damage the stone internally and show externally. While we recommend that you care for your stone, some of those bruises and scratches will go into developing the patina mentioned earlier.
Maintaining Marble Countertops
Because marble is calcium based and is very susceptible to etching by acids, you should never clean your marble with an acidic cleaner, i.e., vinegar, and should always use a cutting board when cutting things like tomatoes and lemons. For regular cleaning, a quick wipe down with a damp cloth or paper towel works well. If a little extra cleaning is needed, warm water with a bit of soap, marble cleaner, or most all-purpose cleaners works well.
Sealing is something that comes with owning natural stone. We recommend that you seal your marble countertop every year. Make sure to use an impregnating sealer for it to be most effective.
Since marble is so soft, it will not hold a high shine polish forever. While some people like this, others want their marble to have that high polish and pay to have it repolished. If you wish to have your marble repolished, we recommend going to a professional, like your marble fabricator. Taking care of your marble countertops will ensure your kitchen looks great for years to come.
How Does Marble Compare to Other Countertop Materials?
Marble is one of the most popular countertop materials, along with granite and quartz. Each of these materials offers its own unique visual and functional benefits. Understanding the similarities and differences between them will help you choose the material that will best suit your needs and preferences.
Marble and granite are both natural stones, while quartz is manmade. Quartz is also non-porous because it contains resin. Natural materials like marble and granite are naturally more porous. As a result, marble and granite require more maintenance than quartz, including regular cleaning with soap and water and sealing. Marble countertops typically needs to be resealed more frequently than granite.
Each material also varies by color. Marble can be found in many different hues, though white marble is the most popular for its strikingly elegant look. Granite is also available in a variety of colors, from white to black and every color in between. Because pigment can be added to quartz to manipulate its color, quartz offers the most color variety.
When it comes to texture, both marble and granite can be polished to different textures, such as leathered or honed, while quartz will have whatever finish the manufacturer gives it.
The materials also vary in terms of durability. Marble is typically the most susceptible to etching and scratching, but quartz offers the least heat resistance.
The price range of each material is comparable. You may find marble priced slightly higher than granite and quartz, but the cost ultimately comes down to your design specifications.
All three are beautiful and functional materials. When you choose marble kitchen countertops, you will benefit from a timeless, stylish look with distinct veining and movement that will enhance the appeal and value of your home.
Cost of Marble Countertops
Pricing for marble has quite a range, but it is essential to factor in the kitchen design and size as well. Countertops made with a base price marble, say Crema Marfil Botticino, but complex in design could end up costing just as much as countertops made out of a more high-end stone but in a simplistic kitchen.
With that in mind, your base price stones start at around $60 to $65 per square foot installed and go up from there. To get a true idea of pricing you should contact us either through our free estimate page or by stopping by our showroom to get a free quote.
You Should Choose Marble for Your Kitchen Countertop if You…
- Are looking for a heat resistant stone (up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Want to give your kitchen design a non-traditional or “old world” feel
- Are not concerned about etching or scratching (this can be solved by using cutting boards)
- Can afford to have your marble countertops repolished to maintain its shine (optional)
- Are looking for a stone with a base cost of between $60 to $65 per square foot installed (pricing can vary, contact Lesher for an official quote!)
Marble Countertops From Lesher Natural Stone, Quartz, & Tile
At Lesher Natural Stone, Quartz, & Tile, we have many marble options that you can choose from. We will help you find the best choice for your needs, custom cut it to your specifications, and install it for your convenience. To find out more about how we can help you with marble countertops for your central PA home, call us today at 717-944-4431.