Marble Worktops – Advantages & Disadvantages

When it comes to stone surfaces, be it for residential or commercial properties, marble is a material which is in very high demand.

In this blog post we’re going to look at a few reasons as to why marble worktops are so popular – as well as including some weaknesses associated with the material which you should definitely bear in mind.

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Advantages

The main reason why marble is so in-demand is because of its natural beauty.

Since Ancient Greece, marble has been a symbol of wealth and prestige, and the passing centuries have done little to dull this trend.

Marble is available in a range of different hues and colours, including black, white, rose, grey, yellow and green, all of which will offer unparalleled levels of elegance – especially as no two slabs of marble will be the same!

Marble is also very resistant to high temperatures.

It can withstand hot pots and pans in the kitchen, put up with hair straighteners in the bathroom, and is a popular choice for stone fireplace surrounds as it does not yellow or react to sparks.

Disadvantages

Perhaps the most well-known weakness of marble is that it is a porous material, which means it absorbs liquids.

It is more porous than other common materials such as granite worktops, for example.

For this reason, marble is typically not recommended for the kitchen or other areas where the stone would be subjected to heavy use, as liquids such as wine, oil and juice can seep into the surface.

Fortunately, there are sealers available which can prevent liquid penetration – either on a do-it-yourself basis or via professional stonemasons.

Marble worktops should be sealed during installation and again every couple of years.

Another reason why marble kitchen worktops are not recommended is because marble is not the sturdiest of stones.

For example, heavy objects can potentially chip the material and sharp objects, such as knives, can scratch the surface.