Have you fallen in love with the beauty of marble countertops?
They’re a gorgeous option and they work well in any room, from kitchens to baths, wine cellars to laundry rooms, and even as flooring or wall features.
It’s a naturally occurring stone, but it’s different from granite, quartz or any other material you’re considering. Knowing the facts about marble can help you make an informed decision about whether it’s the right choice for you and your home.
For starters, know that the origin of the marble, how it was processed and the thickness all matter. That’s why there’s no one set price for any marble slab. The bare minimum thickness is 3 centimeters, and the price goes up is it gets thicker.
Prices change based on rare features, too, just like precious stones. For example, a slab from a desirable area that has stunning characteristics is going to go for a premium price. However, quality should be comparable across the board, assuming the processing is correct — in other words, shop from a reputable source, and you’ll get a great slab.
Go with a Pro
Who sells you your marble and who installs it makes a big difference. Incorrectly installed marble can lead to weakened slabs and extra maintenance for you in the future. The installer also should educate and inform, sharing tips on how to care for your new stone.
All marble should be sealed either before installation or directly after. Ask your installer to be certain, otherwise you risk stains and chips that can be impossible to fix.
Also know that marble is a somewhat demanding stone. You’ll need to pamper it more than other options, but many believe the returns are well worth it. It’s a luxury, and like many luxury goods, it can be vulnerable and needs protection.
Dropped utensils or high traffic can etch its surface. Sealants can help with stains, but not etching. Make sure to clean up any spills right away, and try to keep acidic juices, wine and oils away from marble. A neutral cleaner can help you safeguard your investment.
Give it Attention
Regular maintenance is critical, but so is a yearly in-depth care strategy. Annual refinishing can extend your marble so it lasts (beautifully!) a lifetime. The cost, depending on how much stone you have, shouldn’t exceed $2,000.
Shop around, but don’t let cost alone dictate which refinisher you choose. It’s a tradeoff. Marble costs less than other stones, such as granite and quartz, but the maintenance costs can be higher.
If you adore marble, no other stone will do, since you just can’t compare it to anything else. But it’s important to understand all the upkeep involved. Call Intermountain Stone & Marble to connect with your local marble countertop leaders today.