Marble Counter-tops Pros and Cons

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There are few things you can have done that will better spice up your kitchen, bathroom or business than by having natural stone counter tops installed. A custom natural stone fabrication can enliven any room, giving it a sense of luxury. The most important step to this process is to choose the right natural stone. One of the most popular stone choices is marble, due to its luster and look. The elegance and beauty of marble adds quality to any home or business. Marble is used primary in bathroom vanities, fireplace surrounds and tile stone. It’s able to withstand high heats, and gives environments a clean, pure and graceful look.

However, with all these benefits, there are still a few cons to having marble counter-tops installed. It’s a great stone to have installed in certain applications, but might not work as well in others. Granite is a much more durable stone, which is why it’s the preferred choice for fabrication. Marble is more likely to break or chip as opposed to granite, and the usual kitchen accidents – dropped glasses, spilled drinks, etc. – are more likely to have an aesthetic effect than they would on granite counter tops. Alabaster counter-tops are more prone to staining than their slate counterparts. For some, however, these could be benefits. Some like to see a little wear and tear in their counter-tops or other fixtures, comparing it to a worn piece of clothing. Others swear that marble is like a fine wine, it only gets better with age, arguing the patina adds certain elegance to the fixture. Another benefit of marble is that it’s waterproof. Unlike some other stones, your alabaster will not suffer from water damage.

However, marble is one of those stones that you should get professionally sealed. This will prevent damage that could shorten your counter space’s life, but this resealing might be required periodically depending on the manufacturer. The biggest reason many pick marble is because it’s beautiful. It comes in all different colors (white being the most popular), and is usually light with a creamy hue. Because of this beauty, however, it is one of the more expensive stones to have fabricated, with the average cost being $60 to $100 per square foot. No matter what stone you use, you are sure to give your kitchen or work space an aesthetic boost. Natural stone fabrication and installation is a truly great way to get people’s eyes on your home or business.