Many high-end kitchens have natural stone countertops, such as those made from granite or marble. Taking a few factors into consideration can make it so you’re more likely to be pleased with the final product after you get your countertops installed.
Choosing a Slab
Although sometimes it’s only possible to see a sample of the marble that can be used for your countertops, it’s better if you can go to a slab yard and actually choose the individual slab or slabs used for your kitchen project. This is because the look of the marble can vary from one part of the slab to another. Marble used in the United States is quarried mainly in Vermont and Italy, with slabs from each area having a somewhat distinct look. To make choosing a slab easier, it’s a good idea to bring along samples of the paint color, cabinet door color, floor tile or other elements already chosen for use in the room.
Polished or Honed?
While some people may like the shiny look of polished Marble Countertops, with the heavy use that kitchen countertops get, it’s typically advised that people get honed countertops instead. These won’t show the scratches and dings that can occur as much as a polished countertop would.
Whenever possible, get large enough slabs of marble so you don’t need to have any seams in the countertop. Yes, this can be more expensive, but the end result will look so much better and you won’t need to worry about the seams separating in the future. Especially try to avoid seams around the sink.
Care and Durability Considerations
Understand that marble is a relatively soft stone, so it can easily be dinged, dented and scratched if the proper care isn’t taken. It is also porous, so it needs to be sealed regularly, usually at least every year or two but sometimes more often if the countertops get a lot of use. Any spills should be wiped up right away to limit stains, and oily or acidic foods can damage the surface. The same is true of very hot items, so always use trivets under pots and pans. No matter what you do, eventually the marble will change and develop what’s called a patina.