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Are Marble Countertops Right for Your Denver Kitchen Remodel?
When remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, new countertops are just a given. New countertops are a great way to improve the appearance and functionality of a space in your home. To maximize the functionality and visual appeal of your new countertops, however, it helps to know which material is right for your Denver, Colorado home. Learning more about what marble offers as a countertop material is the first step to deciding if this material is right for you and your needs.
What is Marble?
Before you start shopping for countertop materials, it might be worth learning a little more about where the materials come from. Marble is a natural stone that forms when sediment undergoes extreme heat or pressure and forms a hard rock. Other materials with similar formations include granite and soapstone. Marble may not be quite as hard as granite, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth considering for your home.
Pros of Marble Countertops
A marble countertop adds an element of elegance and a timeless ambiance to a room. Luxurious and luminous, you opt for marble because of its bright and natural beauty. The unique and gorgeous visual appeal of marble countertops is not something any engineered countertop material comes close to mimicking. Marble countertops offer a plethora of benefits to a homeowner.
Initially, you might not agree that marble countertops are affordable. After all, marble is expensive. However, marble is the cheapest option for someone who wants a natural stone as their countertop material. Even quartz, an engineered option, often costs more than marble. The price depends a lot on the amount needed for your space, the labor, and the type of marble. The most common marble is Carrara, which is also the cheapest type of marble. The cheap price is, in part, due to its gray color. It is also a bit more porous than other marble types.
Marble is Easy to Clean
One of the big pros of marble is how easy it is to clean. Although you do need to clean it often to prevent stains, cleaning marble does not require specialty cleaners. A simple cleaning technique for marble counters involves mixing warm water and dish soap in a spray bottle. All it takes is a few sprays on the surface and a gentle wipe-down. If your marble countertops stain, you can usually get rid of the stain with a paste made from baking soda and water.
Marble is Durable
With natural stone comes strength. Like other natural stone materials, marble is hard to scratch, crack, or chip. It does crack and chip easier than granite, but it still requires a lot of force from heavy objects. To improve the durability of marble countertops, sealing is a must. This will limit stains and extend the life of your countertops. Be sure to reseal them once a year for the best results. Marble also appreciates in worth over time, making it a worthwhile investment for any home or business.
Marble is Heat Resistant
Marble is a favorite among home cooks and professional chefs alike. Since they’re heat-resistant, marble countertops won’t burn or catch fire when it comes to a hot dish or pan. As with any countertop, it’s still ideal to use pot holders for safety and preservation. Marble countertops also stay cooler than most countertop materials, making them the perfect surface for rolling dough.
Many manufacturers attempt to recreate the marble look, but very few succeed. Since marble forms naturally from sedimentary dolomite or limestone rock, each piece has a unique look. This means your countertops will be unique to you. The hues and colors are always different.
The Cons of Marble Countertops
Aside from the higher price tag of marble countertops, there are a few other cons you should be aware of before deciding. Since marble is an extremely porous material, it’s important to clean any mess or spill as soon as it happens. Marble might not be your best choice if you don’t want to invest time in cleaning and maintenance. It is also sensitive to acidic materials, so any contact with acidic food, such as tomato juice, will result in etching. However, if you maintain your new marble countertops as directed, the benefits far outweigh the negative aspects.
If you think marble countertops are right for you, let us know. Our specialists can answer any further questions about marble, other materials, and pricing. We pride ourselves on being a one-stop countertop shop, so along with selling and fabricating all our materials, we also have experienced techs to install your new countertops. Don’t let the fear of high prices keep you from working toward having the home of your dreams. Call or visit us today