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How Marble Countertops Could Benefit Your Home

As soon as the word marble is uttered, the vast majority of people almost always think of luxury and royal palaces. Marble is a classy material, but the notion that it has only ever been enjoyed by the rich and famous is some way off the mark. Before granite countertops and later quartz countertops muscled in, marble countertops were actually far more common in Canadian homeowners’ kitchens and bathrooms than you would probably believe. We’re not saying marble is cheap to buy though. Far from it actually, but it’s not as “exclusive” as you probably believe. While other materials have grown in popularity in recent years, marble remains one of the most desired materials to have in your home and is able to effortlessly add elegance to any environment it’s installed in. The benefits of marble countertops extend much further than an attractive exterior though as you will find out during this article.

Should You Have Marble Countertops Installed at Your Home?

When deciding what type of material you want your new countertops to be made from it’s important to take a look at the various advantages that each option is able to offer. With regards to marble countertops, the main benefits include:

  • Unique, Attractive Appearance – While quartz countertops are “engineered” and their appearance is manipulated, marble is a naturally occurring stone and each section of marble is unique. This means that no other homeowner in the Toronto area will have the exact same countertops as you. On top of that, marble countertops offer timeless appeal and you don’t have to worry about them going “out of fashion.” Marble comes in many different colours and patterns, including the traditional chalky white colour (a great choice in rooms that are lacking natural light) that marble has forever been associated with. Should you opt for granite countertops instead, you wouldn’t be able to select this colour!
  • Favourable Cost – As mentioned before, marble countertops are typically thought of as wildly expensive and while rarer types of marble will require a sizeable investment, the more common varieties, such as Carrara marble (typically white or blue-grey in colour), are available for prices lower than that of granite countertops or quartz countertops. In fact, marble is the most affordable natural stone material to use for countertops. With the current financial climate making things tough on many families in the Toronto region, every saving helps and will perhaps allow you to tackle other renovation projects sooner that you would have been able to if you had paid more for your countertops.
  • Impressive Durability- Relative to the price that you pay, marble countertops offer impressive durability and will usually easily outlast other types of countertops (just think of all the marble structures created by ancient civilisations — they are still standing today!) such as plastic laminate, tiled or wood countertops. Having said that, you do need to be careful with regards to scratches and abrasions, as marble can mark up easier than other stone countertops.

Sound impressive? If you’re in the market for some new countertops for your home, there’s no-one more qualified in Toronto, Thornhill, Vaughan or Newmarket than Miracle Marble. With a team of specialists on hand and a large workshop, we are able to custom build your marble countertops (we also produce quartz and granite countertops too) to whatever specifications you require and then professionally install them too. Whether you have a question related to marble countertops or you would like to arrange an in-home consultation, pick up the phone and dial (905) 597-7848.

How Marble Countertops Compare to Other Options

The three types of stone that dominate the countertop “arena” are undoubtedly marble, granite and quartz. The first two on that list share something in common in that they are naturally occurring stones, while quartz is actually “engineered” (colorants and resins are added to natural quartz). “What’s the best material to have countertops constructed from?” is a question that the staff at Miracle Marble receive from homeowners in Toronto, Thornhill, Vaughan and Newmarket all the time, and if truth be told there is no single right answer. They all offer their own set of advantages and a lot of the time the best choice is down to your own personal preferences. However, when searching for new countertops, it certainly helps to investigate the pros and cons of each type of material that you could choose and that’s exactly what we’re going to do during this article.

Marble Countertops Vs Granite Countertops Vs Quartz Countertops

There are several factors that could push you in a particular direction with regards to the material that you select for your new countertops, including the design style of the rest of the room, the ways in which the countertops will be used and the conditions that they will be exposed to. The budget you have available could also dictate which option suits your situation the best. Nevertheless we are now going to lay some of the most important facts on the table for you.

Durability

Quartz, granite and then marble countertops would be the order if we were putting together a “rankings chart” for durability. Only topaz, sapphire and diamond are more durable than quartz, and providing you don’t subject quartz countertops to severe physical abuse, you can expect them to last for decades, if not longer. Granite countertops offer a similar level of durability and a high level of resistance to scratching and abrasions. While marble countertops are more durable than many other countertop materials (such as laminates and tiles), they are vulnerable to scratches and more care has to be taken to preserve their attractive appearance.

Affordability

If we take a look at costs, the roles are very much reversed. In terms of affordability, marble countertops beat both granite and quartz countertops, although if you really want a rare type of marble the cost would be comparable to that of the other two options. However, generally speaking if you’re looking for affordable, attractive stone countertops, marble is your best bet. Next comes granite and finally you have quartz countertops (the expression “you get what you pay for” certainly applies to quartz as the superior performance comes at a price).

Appearance

All three options can look stunning in their own right and are equally capable of enhancing the aesthetics of any property that they are installed in. There’s no real “leading choice” in terms of appearance; it really depends on your own preferences. Marble countertops are undoubtedly able to add a touch of elegance to any room they are installed in, while both granite and quartz countertops are able to add a clean, modern finish to your bathroom or kitchen.

Maintenance

Whenever you invest in a home improvement you should never just look at the amount you have to pay upfront; ongoing costs and time required for maintenance are a big part of the decision making process too. Quartz countertops are as “maintenance free” as it gets. It’s a non-porous material and doesn’t need to be periodically re-sealed like granite and marble countertops do. In fact, all you have to do is wipe them down with a soft dishcloth and some soapy water, which you have to do for all surfaces in your home anyway. Apart from regular resealing, granite countertops don’t really require any real maintenance either, but with marble countertops you do have to be more careful as not only do they scratch easier, but they can stain and be affected by acidic food too if not properly maintained.

If you live in Toronto, Thornhill, Vaughan or Newmarket and you’re not sure which type of countertops would be best suited to your home, give our experts a call. We offer a free in-home consultation and are available to answer any questions that you have.

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