Why you should Consider a Marble Countertops
When you select a Marble Kitchen countertop, you are choosing a beautiful elegant choice for your kitchen countertop. Marble has become a much more accessible these days. It can be finished in a variety of ways such as polished, honed, antiqued or sandblasted. However, there is a significant cost factor to using marble for your kitchen countertop. If you want an alternative to real Marble in the bathroom, take a look at cultured Marble which is offered frequently at several showrooms and big box retailers.
Limitations: Marble is beautiful, but very expensive. Marble’s hardness is only around a 3-4 on MOH’s scale. The Mohs‘ hardness scale was developed in 1822 by Frederich Mohs. This scale is a chart of relative hardness of the various minerals
Marble is very porous and like all stones, needs sealing to protect the surface. Marble is also easily scratched and acid sensitive. If you enjoy the old world loos, you will love how your marble countertop will age over time in your kitchen which in turn will have an impact on the overall kitchen remodel look and feel.
It is important to realize that a marble countertop, may not be a good choice for a busy kitchen. Since marble is a delicate materials that require a level of care, extra caution must be used with this material. Marble is a calcareous stones, like limestone, and are very acid sensitive. Marble easily dissolves in acid, therefore acidic products, such as lemon, vinegar or tomato juice should not be left in prolonged contact with a marble countertop. These items will cause the marble countertop to etch — the surface finish will dull and change texture, even crumble into powder. Marble countertops are heat resistant, but since they can easily scorch, it is not recommended that hot items are set directly on a marble countertop.