The alternatives to marble, such as quartz and solid surface materials, have one thing in common: they all try to imitate marble’s inherent beauty. Marble, after all, is the Cadillac of counters.
There are many reasons why you want it in your kitchen, but, at the same time, there are just as many or more reasons why you may want to explore other options. The following should help you understand what to expect with a marble counter:
a. Timeless Beauty
- Marble is elegance and sophistication combined
- It complements any architectural design, from classic to ultra-modern
- Has an appearance no human-made surface can match
- Comes in hues of milky white, chocolate brown, coal-black, salmon pink, and emerald green
- Every slab is unique. Veins, shade, specks, and swirls vary among each piece
- Famous structures like the Taj Mahal, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Washington Monument, and others were all built with marble.
a. Requires a Little More Care
- Regular sealing is required to block liquids from seeping into the stone
- Sensitive to acidic substances; spills and drips must be wiped up immediately
- Can be easily scratched due to its crystalline structure
b. Versatile Material
- Can be used for indoor and outdoor projects
- Beautifies reception areas, hallways, façades, kitchens, and bathrooms
- Can be cut into curves, arches, squares, ovals, and the like
- Edges can be custom-built to fit your taste
- Considerably one of the most expensive surface materials in the market
c. Naturally Cool
- Marble floors at home stay cool even during waves of summer heat
- Perfect for pastry-making. It’s the best surface material for rolling out pastry dough as it absorbs heat, which helps keep the preparation cool.
c. Seams are Sometimes Inevitable
- Seams are the joints where two or more stone slabs meet
- Countertops which are either more than 3.00 meters long or are “L-shaped” will most likely have seams
- A professional granite installer will always try to minimize the visibility of seams during installation by matching its color to that of the stone.
- The visibility of seams will depend on the granularity, color, and pattern of your chosen stone.