A prior post gives an overview of kitchen countertop materials and their relative advantages and disadvantages. To access the lead post (sort of the table of contents) please select the link in the preceding sentence.
This post specifically discusses the advantages, disadvantages, and costs of marble countertops.
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Some people think they’re the same. They’re not. Granite is a specific type of stone. It is naturally water resistant, heat resistant, and scratch resistant. The same is not true of Marble. Marble is more of a generic term used for various types of natural stone which are highly polished, with the exception of granite, which is not (at least never should be) called marble.
The main advantage of marble is it’s really inexpensive. Each slab is 8 feet long and one slab costs between $200 and $300. You can buy countertop material for a large kitchen for a maximum of four slabs and that’s for a large kitchen.
Another big advantage is they’re very beautiful and come in a very wide selection of colors and patterns.
The disadvantages of marble are as compared to both granite and engineered stone and there are two main ones. When the marble seal wears off, water stains marble. Dark liquids (red wine for example) stain even worse. Also marble is not scratch resistant. You can not cut directly on a marble countertop the way you can on a granite countertop.
In short, do not cut directly on marble and reseal the countertop every 12 to 18 months as needed.
While you can get marble for as little as $15 a square foot for the marble itself, you can also pay as much as $80 for very high end marble. Installed, you should expect to pay somewhere between $35 to $100 a square foot.
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