For centuries, marble has held high status as one of the most luxurious and elegant stones to implement into your home. Incorporating marble into your residence is a decision that should be properly thought out prior to installation. Although marble is a magnificent stone that offers many valuable assets, it comes with its faults that you may want to consider before purchase. Regardless of the stone, you end up going with for your next big project, marble is a beautiful option that is sure to look good in any space if you’re willing to put in the work to maintain it.
Benefits of Marble
Probably the most sought-after feature of marble that draws so many homeowners and designers to it is its extraordinary beauty. Marble is a one-of-a-kind stone that’s in high demand for its elegant and clean aesthetics. This igneous rock offers an extensive array of color options for a more customized design and overall installation. Typically, marble is a white or off-gray hue, including many streaks and unique characteristics to set it apart from any other slab. Marble can also be black, pink, green, and anything in-between. You’ll never find the same two slabs, so your marble project will be entirely your own.
Another benefit that marble brings to the table (no pun intended) is its ability to withstand heat. The stone is incredibly heat resistant and will have no problem with scorching hot pots and pans on its surface. Likewise, marble countertops in a bathroom setting are great at combating things like hot blow dryers or other styling tools. Many people love to implement marble around their fireplaces due to its heat resistance against the flames. It won’t yellow or decay overtime much like other stones might.
One of the biggest cons when it comes to using marble in a home is its naturally porous surface. Far more absorbent than granite, marble is often criticized for how easily liquids can ruin it. Especially when considering using marble as a kitsch countertop, it’s important to understand that it may be penetrated by oils, wine, juice, and other common spills. Although it’s not impossible to remedy spills on marble, it’s extremely difficult and time-consuming. Similarly, in bathroom environments, nail polish, hair treatments, and makeup can stain a countertop. It’s important to acknowledge the kind of lifestyle you live and products you frequently consume before installing a counter that may not be able to keep up with it.
Another problem that often arises with marble, especially in a countertop setting, is that it isn’t sturdy enough to hold up in a place like a kitchen. Knives and other sharp objects can scratch the surface easily. Pots and other materials that come down too hard on the counter can also chip or shatter the marble if placed delicately enough.
Because of the aforementioned reasons, many manufacturers won’t include warranties on marble slabs if used in kitchens or bathrooms. You also may come across countertop installers who refuse to install them due to how fragile of a material they are.
Over the years, many homeowners and designers have complained about marble as a building material, but you can’t deny it’s beauty and class when incorporated in any space. If you love the look of marble and are willing to maintain it as best as possible, then by all means install it. But if you’re not sure it’s right for you and if your lifestyle aligns well with it, it may be smart to weigh your other options.
Marble Options at Granite Liquidators
Amazon marble has a rare look and texture to its surface. At first glance, this stone hardly even looks like marble. With its dark, stormy-looking rivers of black flowing through mountains of gray and white, this marble is a centerpiece and focal point for any room. In terms of price, Amazon slabs are a bit more expensive at $1,999 but well worth the bang for your buck.
Simple, sleek, and modern are just a few ways to describe this beautiful stone. For those seeking the classic whites that marble traditionally offers, Cotton White is the best choice for you. Featuring faint white waves of gray and a subtle dusting of specks, this marble is perfect for any space. Cotton White will add dimension, width, and light to a room and is great for mixing in well with existing designs. At $1,399, this stone is a more affordable option and looks just as expensive and elegant as its counterparts.
If you’re looking for a detailed, yet simple stone for your space, Mandala is a great choice for the marble to give your home a touch of design and elegance. This marble almost looks similar to the colors of concrete, but with an added bonus of brown and white areas streaking through the surface in unique patterns and shapes. With the natural and neutral colors that this stone provides, it will look nice in any space with similar tones. Currently, Mandala is affordably priced at $1,399 and is one of our cheaper options for marble. It’s a detailed and extraordinary slab that will add elegance and style to your next project.
One of the most unique and striking marbles that we offer, Zalzala, is a beautiful marble with white and black streaks resembling topography or seismic activity. Its surface is smooth and intricate, detailing gray waves and dark speckles throughout its entirety. This stunning marble varies greatly between slabs, sure to give your home a one-of-a-kind look and feel. Currently priced on sale at $1,499 (was $1,799), this inexpensive stone is breathtaking and will be an immediate conversion piece in any home or business.
Check out our current stone inventory for more details, or give us a call today to get started!