Marble: Pros & Cons

On November 27th, 2012, posted in: Granite, Latest News, quartz by 0 Comment

Many homeowner’s quickly fall in love with the light, clean look of marble. It is classic, elegant, timeless and can be used for many different purposes. The natural stone can be fabricated into floor and wall tiles or slabs, counter tops and much more. It is a versatile material in the sense that it is a neutral color surface with natural flowing  lines of grey or beige that will work well with many different design styles. That being said, it is also important to be educated on the pros and cons of any natural stone, especially when it comes to the purchasing of marble.

Often compared to granite or quartz counter tops, marble counter tops are actually relatively inexpensive natural stone and can be compared price wise to granite. Although similar in price, most designer’s and contractor’s will say that marble is a no-no because of it’s lack of durability. Which makes granite the more desirable  natural stone for a counter top choice.

Most popularly used in kitchen and bathroom designs, marble is an igneous stone that occurs naturally over a long period of time through the heating and cooling of limestone. The stone is made of many different minerals, but the majority of it’s makeup is calcium carbonate, which is what gives it that light, creamy color.  Calcium carbonate however, is also what makes marble very susceptible to acids. So wine, fruit, or anything acidic can cause the surface to eat away over time, and can also cause scratches, spots, and discoloration of the stone.

If you are willing to put up with your marble wearing over time, then it may be the right choice for you. If not, silestone and ceasartone offer quartz countertops that closely resemble the look of marble and require little to no maintenance.