Marble Kitchen Countertops
The sheer beauty of some Marble can be breathtaking. From Carrara Marble to Crema Marfil there are hundreds of different types of Marble to choose from. While marble is certainly a beautiful natural stone, the question is.. should you use it as a kitchen countertop?
Can you use marble for kitchen countertops?
The simple answer is yes! but you must look after it! Marble is the top choice for kitchen worktops for many homeowners because of its beauty and durability, however, it isn’t perfect! Depending on what marble you go for, some are more dense than others, while others can be very porous. Marble is generally composed of calcium carbonate, which can react badly to acids, like lemon juice or vinegar, which can leave an etching mark on the surface or your marble kitchen countertop.
How to take care of a marble kitchen countertop?
Ensure your marble kitchen countertop is well sealed with a penetrating sealer like “lithofin stain-stop“, this will stop most stains from penetrating deep into the marble. Some, if not most, acids will still etch the surface, but these can be easily dealt with some fine wirewool and some polish, however, this will only be possible if the marble has a honed finished, rather than a polished finish. If the marble has a high gloss on it from either a polish or some kind of acrylic, you will need to get a marble specialist to help you, as the surface will probably need to be sanded back with diamond abrasives.
Are marble kitchen countertops a good idea?
As usual, the answer to a question like this is, it depends! Are you looking for zero maintenance with a surface that hardly ever stains? Marble probably isnt the right stone for you! I’d suggest you go for something a lot denser like granite. However, if what you want is a beautiful stone that will make your kitchen look beautiful, there are few stones as beautiful as marble. This is why Marble is so popular with kitchen countertops because they really do make the whole kitchen look fantastic.
How much do marble kitchen countertops cost?
We get asked how much marble kitchen counters cost quite a lot. We do not personally install marble kitchen countertops ourselves but have asked around to give you an idea of cost. Generally, you would be looking at around £320 per square meter for marble. Granite can be anywhere between £270-£450 for high end granite, and quartz tends to be even more expensive at about £475 per square meter on average.