Marble countertops are becoming increasingly popular because they are very durable, unique, and cost-efficient. There aren’t many stain-resistant natural stone countertops that can match the smooth, beautiful, and elegant surface offered by marble countertops. However, there are a few things you will need to consider before buying marble countertops.
1. Variety of marble stones
Many homeowners overlook the fact that there are many varieties of marble available for use in countertops. There are many colors available such as cream, white, black, red, and green. It is best to choose a marble stone color that matches your walls, floors, rugs, etc. However, white marble is currently the most popular option for marble countertops for its polished, glossy look and its ability to resist acid etching marks.
Marble countertops usually cost between $60-90 per square foot, but can cost up to $200 per square foot depending on the marble type and installation method. Prices for marble countertop installation can vary based on rarity, color, and veining. More often than not, prices will also vary based on the supplier and quality of the stones.
3. Maintenance requirements
Marble countertops are very durable and stain-resistant, but they still require routine maintenance. Simple procedures such as immediately cleaning up spills, using cutting boards, and using glass coasters will keep your marble countertop in good condition for as long as possible. Never use abrasive materials to clean the surface of your marble countertops, and always use a soft cloth with mild household cleaners.
4. Countertop edges
There are many options available for marble countertop edge profiles. Straight edge countertops are the most common designs used for marble countertops. They are squared with very sharp level edges. Alternatives include quarter-round edges, double quarter-round edges, ogee edges, and waterfall edges. Most edge profiles are practical for use in bathrooms and kitchens, so it is best to choose an edge that you will complement your living space for years to come.