Ever since man dug into the earth beneath his feet and realised this elegant material exists within the very ground, we have sought to extract marble, and to use it in our homes: as floors, stairways, columns and now, increasingly, in the kitchen.
Whichever way you shape it, marble has featured in the kitchens from Bel Air to Belgravia, loved for the way it is so effortlessly practical and beautiful. But what, exactly, are the benefits… and pitfalls?
Well, here at Cheshire MultiGranite we thought we would bullet-point some of the key pros and cons of marble, to help you make your choice. Let’s deal first with the negatives.
The disadvantages of marble countertops
The elegance of marble is enduring… as is its cost. Agreed, marble is not cheap; however, although a dense, heavy material, it need not necessarily weigh down the wallet. There are strategies that bring it within the budgets of many of the not-so-bling amongst us, helping to ameliorate some of that cost. For instance, you might consider using marble tiles, or else cultured marble tops rather than fully quarried slab marble.
Marble tiles can be removed and replaced, at a fairly modest cost. However, when the countertop is formed of one slab of marble, repairs can be rather involved, and expensive.
Marble is a naturally formed material and although some varieties are especially hard, it can be susceptible to scratches. However maintenance can be rather simple, and any niggles are undoubtedly outweighed by the beauty of the material itself.
Again, because it’s a natural material, marble can be porous and therefore liable to stain, especially with acidic liquids. You can help deflect the effects of staining by sealing the countertop when first installed, and at regular intervals thereafter. Moving forwards, try not to use your countertop as a cutting area, and always use a chopping board, which will eliminate much of the problem.
The advantages of marble countertops
So, moving on to pros, we find cost is actually registers in the credit column as well. As well as adding effortless elegance and beauty to any home, marble will also hold its value, and help the appearance – and price – of your home when you come to sell.
Marble is celebrated for the way it softens a room, and yet remains an incredibly hard and durable material, perfect for the family home. This also means you won’t have to continually replace it, as you might, for instance, with Formica.
Marble is also heat resistant, which has obvious benefits in a kitchen environment.
Granite can easily chip, which makes it hard to cut to a precise design. Meanwhile marble cuts smoothly, which allows it to be sculpted much more exactly to the shape dictated by your kitchen design.
Because of the workable way the materials cuts, marble can also be shaped with fashionable edges, such as the ogee edges you will see within our website.
Again, marble is formed from metamorphic rock, changing from limestone to marble under the intense pressure and heat of its environment. The original limestone runs through the new material in characteristic veins, therefore no two pieces will ever feature the same pattern, or colouring. Formica or Corian attempt to mimic those patterns, but are of course artificial, and therefore fake.
OK, so there are the pros, and the cons. If, having read them, you still feel you would like to go for marble, please review the wide range of bespoke marble countertops available from Cheshire MultiGranite.