8 reasons to choose a marble countertop for your kitchen
All the advantages of using marble as a kitchen countertop
Interior spaces with kitchens have always been a field of creativity and an opportunity to highlight different approaches for decorators and architects. The daily use of countertops requires the use of durable raw materials, which, combined with a kitchen’s overall design, will imbue each kitchen with its own, unique philosophy. Thus, the materials to be selected during the construction phase are very important.
Specifically, regarding countertops, there are many materials to choose from today. Modern or classic, natural or artificial, kitchen countertop materials can completely change the look of your kitchen’s interior. Marble is a very common choice in countertop material. Due to marble’s natural beauty, in shades of white or colors, it is still, justly, an especially popular choice for this particular use.
Is marble a suitable material for a countertop? What are its advantages and disadvantages?
In the following infographic you can see the 8 reasons why marble is a suitable material for kitchen countertops.
A decisive factor in choosing marble as a raw material, instead of any other, is its characteristic natural beauty. It imbues the spaces it decorates with a luxury and glow that make it stand out in relation to other natural or artificial materials.
Due to its unique beauty, marble is considered an irreplaceable material.
The unique designs and motifs of the raw material are directly correlated to the above. As with all other natural materials, this too displays unique aesthetic elements in its surfaces (veins, motifs, textures, etc.) The motifs and shapes displayed are natural processes that take years, each with its own history. The uniqueness of the material stems from these natural processes that take hundreds or thousands of years. This is the reason special care is required when choosing the right slabs to compose a kitchen countertop. Each countertop installed in each kitchen is unique, and often expert advice is required in order to achieve the best aesthetic result.
Color variety and availability
There is always a wide color range and availability of all types of marble to suit your project. Marble may be white — with a white background — or it may be colored — with a dark background. Apart from the color of its background, the overall image of the marble is determined by its veins, motifs and other features. Choosing the right shade and suitable motif always depends on the style and aesthetic of the project in which the marble countertop will be installed, as well as on the personal style of each owner.
White, gray or colored, you will definitely find the right marble for the right case, as availability is high for many different types of marble around the world.
In the photograph below, you can see 6 types of Greek white & colored marbles recommended for kitchen countertops.
Due to its high durability under long-term corrosive conditions, marble has been used as a construction material for thousands of years. The greatest testament to its durability are the old buildings and statues preserved from antiquity to this day.
Marble can withstand wear and scratches over the passage of time, and with the right sealing treatment of its surface, liquid absorption may be avoided. Technological developments in the processing of natural minerals are creating more and more sealing capabilities for marble slabs. During the sealing process, the pores on the marble’s surface are filled with the right material, minimizing or even completely removing the material’s absorbency.
There are currently many finishes available for marble surfaces. Here are a few examples: Polished, brushed, bush hammered… These different finishes do not merely create different aesthetic results. Depending on the type of marble, the right finish can protect its surface and contribute to its durability over time.
Thus, the use of marble in closed interior spaces, with the right care and the right sealing treatment mentioned above, can contribute to long-term use.
Resilience to temperature shifts
Marble is undoubtedly one of the best choices in high temperatures, as it is exceptionally durable. It is no accident that due to its permanently natural coolness, its use in kitchen countertops is very popular in patisseries and bakeries, while it is the preferred option for fireplaces.
Marble countertops do not burn. However, to achieve the longevity of the material, the use of fire-resistant bases for very hot objects is recommended as the best practice. Frequent and continuous strain of the material due to hot utensils, increases the risk of damage to the surface and color alterations.
It can be easily cut and sculpted into different shapes
Marble is a material that can be cut and sculpted easily. In addition, with the use of modern techniques and milling machines (Computer Numerical Control, CNC), a unique design may be created, as desired, changing the whole style of the kitchen’s decoration.
It increases a home’s commercial value
Investing in high-spec materials automatically increases the overall commercial value of a property. Decorative elements, techniques and raw materials in general, which are to be used to cover surfaces, reflect the aesthetic of the space.
Marble is a sturdy, solid and luxurious material that upgrades every space in which it is incorporated.
A marble countertop doubtlessly has many advantages. It is available in many choices of colors and finishes, it is easily sculpted and can be shaped into any desired design, while it also offers luxury and long-term durability. The elegance of marble imbues spaces with a unique character and can take the decoration of any kitchen to the next level.