Is Marble Is Right For You?
Let’s start from the beginning. In case you’re still shopping countertop materials, plan to do a little investigative homework before making the big purchase. Marble
(especially white) is riding a wave of popularity at the moment, but what looks beautiful in the pages of design magazines or featured on popular television shows isn’t necessarily right for you. Consider your lifestyle and how you use your kitchen on a typical day. Do you entertain often, have kids, drink red wine, or clean up frequent spills? Believe it or not, selecting the right material is about much more than simple aesthetics.
Why? Because not all countertop materials are created equal, especially in the case of marble. Softer, more porous, and full of calcium carbonate (which is highly reactive to acidic solutions), marble is more prone to staining and etching than granite and engineered materials - and once a difficult stain has set in, it can be virtually impossible to repair.
The bottom line: marble is beautiful, but not a practical choice for every kitchen. Know that there are other more durable options available like engineered stone (think Caesarstone
) that replicate the look of marble AND stand up to daily life.