Marble Kitchen Countertops
For many years, installing marble countertops in the kitchen was discouraged. Because marble is a calcium-based stone, it was thought to be more likely to stain or to be damaged by spills. Calcium is susceptible to acidic substances and foods such as vinegar or lemon juice can "etch” into the stone, leaving a discolored spot.
However, there are many different types of marble and some types are much more porous than others. Speak to your stone supplier about marbles with a low absorption rate. (Absorption rate refers to the percentage of moisture absorbed by weight.) In general terms, the lower the absorption rate, the lower the risk of stains will be.
With the ability to predict which marble is least likely to stain, combined with today's modern sealing techniques, marble is once again being seen as an excellent choice for kitchen countertops.
The look of white marble is preferred by many in traditional kitchens. Even homeowners and builders that opt for granite countertops often include a white marble pastry counter to complete the look and functionality of the space.
Professional bakeries and candy manufacturers in North America use white marble counters to roll out pastry or candy, while in Europe, white marble kitchen countertops have remained popular for centuries.
Here are some advantages of a white marble kitchen countertop:
- Beauty. These countertops have a classic and timeless beauty. The brightness of white marble is greater than that of other stones such as granite or soapstone.
- Cool Temperature. Marble is the best surface when working with pastry; it is naturally cool.
- Cost. While some rare types of marble are very expensive, there are some types that are very affordable. Marble also adds great value to your home and its resale value.
When visiting a stone supplier's showroom, be sure to ask about white marble with low absorption rates (some choices may include Danby White from Vermont or Italian Nova Blanca). Finishing the marble with a honed finish will also help to prevent staining and scratching. This classic stone can add incredible beauty and value to your kitchen.
Finding a Stone Supplier
Of course, when you're looking for the right marble for a kitchen countertop,
it's essential that you find a stone company that is knowledgeable and can advise you about the properties of the various stones. Here are some questions to ask when you're assessing stone suppliers:
- Track Record. Does this company have a good reputation and a track record of good service? Will they supply you with the name of a recent customer that you can talk to?
- Franchise. Is the business a franchise or an independently owned enterprise? Independent suppliers who source their own stone almost always carry better quality stones.
- Customer Service. Are the employees knowledgeable? Do they take the time to educate you about the various types of stone?
- Inventory. Does the company have a large inventory? Can you visit their showroom or warehouse and look at stone slabs and tiles?
With a little forethought and proper care, you can enjoy the beauty of a classic white marble kitchen countertop!