5 Points to Consider Before Choosing Kitchen Marbles
The newness of Spring is popping up everywhere around you. So, why should your kitchen be left out? If you’re ready to make the jump to a fresh new look with new countertops for your kitchen, then Springtime is the best time! Well, really anytime is good for new countertops, especially if you want to choose marble.
Marble countertops bring a style and status all their own, whether they are white marble or black marble. They also bring up some questions that need to be answered before taking the big plunge. Here are five questions to consider before choosing to install a popular marble countertop in your home.
How do you pick the best marble according to your needs?
This is your home and you know your family best. Is all of your activity centered around your kitchen? Do your kids eat at a kitchen bar or island? Do you find yourself sitting at the bar with a glass of wine going through bills? Do you host friends and family often? These are simple questions but they dig into the type of traffic your kitchen has on a daily basis and they’re important in choosing the right stone.
Marble slabs are a softer stone material than a quartz or granite stone, so it’s a little higher maintenance to upkeep. This is more true if there’s more traffic, but there are also ways to use a sealer to help protect it that would lessen the amount of upkeep required to have a marble counter.
Is there a bigger picture in mind that would require you to select a specific color or type of marble counter? You want your kitchen and your home to have your style fingerprint on it. It is after all your home. Do marble countertops fit into what you have in mind from a design perspective? With our large selection of marble slabs, it’s hard to imagine being unable to find the perfect marble slab no matter what vision you have, but we always just like to ask.
This could include a marble slab with robust veins or a specific type of finish like honed or polished. Plus color obviously plays a factor in all of this as well. Aesthetics are a very important part of selecting the perfect stone for your kitchen countertop because after all, you’ll be looking at it every single day for a very long time. Thinking about what you want and need is a must for a kitchen renovation project like this.
Marble is naturally a porous stone, meaning it’s a softer material than a granite or quartzite so it is more vulnerable to etching and scratching. Sealants have had advancements in technology, so the chance of marble staining isn’t quite as high as it used to be which is a plus. If something acidic spills on it and you’re unable to clean it up right away, the likelihood of marble countertops staining isn’t as big of a problem. This makes it a good choice for your countertop, even if there’s still some extra care required. Sealants are common to use when marble is used as a countertop surface, and this will help with protection against staining. No matter what type of natural stone you select for your countertops, the care and maintenance of your marble surface is very important.
What makes a good marble?
We feel every stone is unique no matter what type it is, but shopping for marble counters is like being a kid in a candy store. The variety to choose from is dizzying. From the veins and color the intensity of the marble surface, there are many factors that go into making a marble what it is. So, doing your research as a homeowner is key before making any final decisions on your high quality counters.
Marble is always going to be considered the king of luxury no matter what type you choose, but there are still some that are known to be higher quality than others. Although they’re quarried all over the world including the United States, marble slabs from Italy like Calacatta and Carrara are seen as the top choice. Aside from the unbelievable history and heritage that comes along with just being an Italian marble, these luxurious slabs are virtually spotless. They have a solid durability compared to others and their appearance possesses a pure, raw beauty that is coveted around the world.
So, what makes a good marble? Being known as a softer and more porous natural stone, a marble with more durability makes sense for a kitchen countertop. You can choose how you’d like the slabs for your counters to look also, typically between a polished finish or honed. A polished finish will bring out the more vibrant color and veins of a marble while a honed finish is a satin-smooth surface typically recommended for commercial flooring projects. As far as the color and veins, those are aesthetics that only you can decide.
What do I need to know about choosing a marble countertop?
Redoing your kitchen is exciting! Well, the idea of the finished product is exciting but all the research and decision making not so much. So many questions. So many choices. Where do I start? The good news is we’re going to give you some questions that you should ask before specifically selecting your kitchen countertop materials.
How am I going to use my kitchen countertops?
This may seem like a silly question, but think about it. Is it a high traffic area? Do you see yourself doing a lot of baking and cooking in your kitchen? Are you more about entertaining guests and hosting parties? Selecting the right marble for these types of activities is important and going with the perfect marble is essential.
Do I want kitchen countertops that are low maintenance or high maintenance?
This may seem like a trick question but if you truly desire marble you should know that it is a higher maintenance natural stone. That doesn’t mean you can’t use it because it’s used in home and commercial kitchens all over the world, and for good reason. You just have to ask yourself if marble countertops are worth the care and maintenance required to keep them looking amazing as the years go by.
What’s my budget ?
As with any home renovation project or just life in general, your budget needs to be considered. Marble can be on the higher end of the price spectrum, but that’s not a huge surprise considering its rarity and luxurious status. Marbles are an aesthetically pleasing stone that instantly elevates any room’s style, especially a kitchen blanketed with marble countertops. So, do you want to budget for every countertop surface in your kitchen or maybe just the kitchen island? These are questions that need to be answered before shopping for that perfect marble material.
What’s my style?
Having helped countless people and designers with their renovation projects, there is one thing that we know to be true. Whatever style you are choosing for your kitchen design, whether it’s a farmhouse style, modern, or more traditional, it all starts with your stone. Selecting your slab for your countertops is the first step in creating your dream look because everything revolves around it. It’s the centerpiece of your room and without knowing the color and look of what that’s going to be, it’s difficult to plan cabinet colors and flooring. Figure out your style then select your perfect marble and you can’t go wrong.
What is the most popular marble?
When homeowners are shopping for marble, they aren’t typically not looking to settle for middle of the road. They’re looking for the best. We already talked about how Italian marbles are the standard for all things marble, and to prove it they produce some of the most famous and popular marbles in the world.
Most Calacatta marbles are placed at the top of the marble pyramid due to their rarity and brilliance. This particular white marble has some gold veining that just screams ‘old world money’ and would capture the heart of every aristocrat to grace your home. It has a warmth to it as well, making it a perfect choice for a homey look.
This gorgeous white marble is simple and stunning all at the same time and is the perfect option for homeowners who want to add that touch of elegance to their kitchens. With delicate veining that runs through it, no matter what type of design style you have, this can fit into it with ease.
Often confused with Calacatta marble, this stone is also a white marble but the color is not quite as bright as Calacatta and the veining is more delicate and not quite as thick. This marble is actually the most common type of marble and also the best for your budget.
The Calacatta marble and others above all have one thing in common, they’re white marbles. Most people associate high end marbles with being white in color but there are so many dark marbles too that provide rich looks if that’s what you prefer. Check out one of our favorites with Grigio Carnico also from Italy. Get this black marble for its dramatic effect and different look.
Being a natural stone, how much maintenance do marble countertops really need?
We’ve mentioned marble being a porous natural stone and having higher tendencies to etch and stain over time, and naturally the patina of stones like this will change anyway. That’s what makes them unique and what many people love about them. The day to day maintenance of owning a marble kitchen, however, does require some tender love and care.
Here are a few tips to remember when caring for different types of marble countertops:
- Sealing your countertops is recommended. This doesn’t necessarily make your countertops stain proof but does make them much more stain resistant. Ask us about a good sealer and we’d be happy to recommend one.
- If there is a spill, clean it up using mild, non-abrasive dish soap and warm water. Acidic and harsh cleaners can hurt marble countertops. Also, make sure to use a soft cloth, not a scrub pad. Use a clean damp cloth to wipe any soap residue away and then make sure to use a soft cloth to dry it.
- Use a marble specific polisher if you want to try to brighten up and make your marble countertops shine.
- Do not let water sit on top of your marble countertops. This can cause etching and cause your countertops to oxidize and begin to turn a yellow-brown color.
- Do not cut directly on marble countertops.
- Though marble has a high heat resistance, do not put a hot pan directly onto the marble. This could cause a heat shock and the marble could possibly crack.
Marble is calling your name
It’s time to make the call. Marble has so many great qualities and ultimately would be a great addition for your home. The pros and cons of marble can be argued forever, but the decision is up to you. There are so many types of marble slabs that if we don’t have what you’re looking for, just ask us and we will do our best to locate it for you.
Please call us at any of our six locations with any questions about marble and how it would best fit your needs.