A marble bathroom vanity, fireplace surround or kitchen countertop is a big purchase for any homeowner. Deciding that marble is right for your home may be easy because of its classic good looks and timeless qualities. After all, it is one of the most beautiful materials out there! But before you head to the stone yard to pick your slab, here are a few things you should know before your decision is ‘set in stone.’
Marble Requires Sealing
The maintenance and upkeep of marble is sometimes off putting to homeowners. But small steps can help ensure that your stone looks great for a very long time. If you have decided on marble for your kitchen countertops or bathroom vanity, remember that it is a porous stone, which means that it requires annual sealing so that it will not become water damaged. Also, marble is more susceptible to staining, so be sure to wipe up any spills immediately.
Marble Has Finish Options
You know that marble comes in many colors and veining patterns, making each stone uniquely different. But, did you know that you can make your marble even more unique with the type of finish you choose for your countertop? Popular options include: Honed or Matte – the marble is sanded to be smooth, and it has almost a soft feel. A matte finish will mute the color somewhat while helping to hide any scratches that may be made on the surface. Polished – the marble surface is grinded and buffed to create a sparkle-like finish. A polished finish really brings out the color and natural veining but is more susceptible to scratches. Leather – this marble finish is often preferred on darker stones as it textures the surface to conceal fingerprints and scratches – while still offering some shine.
Marble is Quite Durable
Marble is a natural stone, not manmade, which means it’s more resistant to breaking, cracking and scratching. Although, it is not quite as durable as granite. This means that if you are using marble for your kitchen countertops, you want to treat it with a little more care than other popular surface options like granite and quartz. Marble is heat-resistant, making it perfect for fireplace surrounds because it can withstand the heat and won’t yellow.
Marble is Worth Every Penny
Although marble may be more expensive, and require more work than other materials, it really is worth every penny! It is more than just a beautiful surface or accent piece, it is an investment that can be beneficial to any future sale of your home!
Are you considering using marble in your new home or home remodel? Contact the professionals at C and C Stoneworks in Greenville, NC. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and help you find the marble stone of your dreams! Our experienced fabricators will create the perfect countertops, vanity top or fireplace surround for your space. Contact us today!