While marble isn’t quite as popular as granite, this natural stone has a lot to offer homeowners. The subtle beauty of marble can add timeless elegance to any space with a brightness that is perfectly suited for smaller kitchens and bathrooms without ample natural light. If you’re considering marble countertops for your home, here are 6 reasons you may be making a sound decision.
1. Good for Baking
Marble countertops naturally stay cool and always remain below room temperature. This creates the ideal working surface for bakers who are working with chocolate, dough, pastries, and even ice cream. However, this doesn’t mean marble only has a place in a bakery or old-fashioned pizza shop. Amateur chefs and bakers can also enjoy the benefits of baking on natural marble countertops at home.
2. Easy to Cut and Shape
Marble is softer than granite and some other countertop choices, which makes it easier to produce a greater variety of edge profiles. In addition to popular edge profiles like straight, bullnose, demi bullnose, and bevel, marble can be cut with an elegant cove bullnose, chiseled, stair thread, or waterfall edge. The waterfall edge is perhaps the most popular premium edge cut with three cascading convex arches that add texture and interest to a countertop. These fancy edges usually come at a premium, but the cost is often lower with marble than granite.
Don’t be fooled by the higher maintenance needs of marble compared to other types of natural-stone care. Marble is still incredibly strong. It has been used as a building material for centuries and many of the world’s oldest and recognizable landmarks are made from marble, including the Taj Mahal, Parthenon, and Lincoln Memorial. Marble’s strength makes it naturally resistant to cracking and scratching.
4. Timeless Elegance
Marble comes in a wide array of colors, including white, black, green, gray, yellow, and rose. It has long been prized for its beauty and warmth with a natural elegance that pairs well with any décor. The most popular type of marble is White Carrara, which was used in design in Ancient Rome and by sculptors like Michelangelo. When you choose marble countertops, you can be sure they will be as appealing in a century as they are today.
5. Heat Resistance
While it’s common knowledge that bakers prefer marble because it stays cool, many people do not know marble is also heat resistant. A marble countertop will not burn, melt, or catch fire, although it’s still a good idea to use a trivet and avoid placing hot pans on the surface to prevent damage to the finish.
Marble seems to have its own natural glow that reflects light in a room. If you have a bathroom or kitchen on the smaller side or without as much natural light as you would like, marble countertops are a good choice for making a room appear larger and brighter.
Like other types of natural-stone countertops, marble should be polished regularly to maintain its quality and beauty. Make sure to use a high-quality product such as Granite Gold Polish® when caring for your marble. Granite Gold® is a leading provider of safe-on-stone products. From cleaning to sealing, we have what you need to care properly for your natural-stone counters, showers, floors, and more. Give us a call today at 1-800-475-STONE to learn more.