Many homeowners that desire natural stone kitchen worktops usually opt for granite. But the price of granite countertops comes with a high price tag. In this case, marble is usually the second choice.
Marble is less expensive than granite and slate, and because this stone is ‘softer’ than granite, it can be made into any form, or shaped into any design ranging from fine pestle & mortar sets, to rolling pin & pastry board sets.
In other words, marble is easy to carve because of its softness.
One great feature of marble is its array of colours, all hues and shades of earth tones. From white to salmon, emerald to olive brown, the beauty of the stone lies in its wonderful grains . . . strokes and lines that crisscross along the slab.
Is It Wise to Use Marble for Kitchen Cabinet Countertops?
As kitchen countertops, marble is really attractive. Some believe it’s even more appealing than granite and slate. Plus it possesses classy timeless looks. It is sturdy, heat resistant and easy to clean, just like granite, but its longevity is shorter and it starts to get pitted and scratched with age. This doesn’t happen with granite or quartz.
It is also porous and therefore retains stains if care is not taken. So if a glass of wine spills on a marble surface, if it’s not cleaned off within some minutes, it will become stained.
Despite all that, marble is still a great natural material for your kitchen countertop. With good maintenance and care, it can last for quite a while. It may not retain its initial glossy looks after a couple of years, but you can always have it re-sealed/re-glazed.
It has a beautiful glazed sheen when polished, and its natural colours and hues makes it a popular choice of solid worktops not only for kitchen worktops, but for flat surfaces and counters in hotels, clubs, and restaurants.