Marble, while not for every home or every homeowner, has become increasingly popular as a kitchen countertop choice. It is undeniably elegant, but requires a maintenance many people aren’t interested in taking on. Take a look at the facts:
Price is certainly not one of the selling points when it comes to marble countertops. Much like granite, they will run you anywhere from $50 to $125 per square foot after installation.
As long as marble countertops are professionally installed and properly maintained, they can last for an extremely long period of time. For the best results, they should be periodically polished and kept free from heat and items that can leave unsightly scratches.
Unfortunately, in addition to being pricy to purchase and install, marble also requires a fair amount of upkeep. The porous surface requires periodic resealing, which should be done with a professional marble sealer.
Granite is a harder, stronger stone more capable of withstanding impact and hiding scratches. Marble, on the other hand, is far more porous and prone to scratching. It is also more easily etched by acids.
Marble was first used by the ancient Greeks to build cities and sculptures, since it was readily available in their own quarries. Romans later took to the material and began using it for their buildings as well. It now serves as an elegant addition to homes and buildings all over the world.
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