We all love the aesthetic of marble countertops, with brilliant hues and delicate veins both versatile and unique. While these tops may look enticing, you might find yourself struggling to commit to a true marble countertop and the concerns that come with them. If it’s the marble look you’re after without the maintenance, there are endless options to obtaining the marble aesthetic.
Authentic marble is timeless, but what does it take to keep it that way? Marble must be sealed, but sealing it does not make it invincible. Marble is made of Calcium Carbonite, which is highly susceptible to acid, therefore you’ll have to be careful with tomatoes, lemons, limes, and other juices. The acid will erode a small etch into your marble as soon as it makes contact. Etches are not noticeable from far away, but stains may be. Marble stains are easy to come by; a drop of wine, a glass without a coaster, or a morsel of sauce will leave its mark on your counter. To some, this captures the beauty of real marble. To others, this is a maintenance nightmare.
A great material with many marble like patterns is engineered stone, also known as Quartz. Classic Kitchens & Baths offers a variety of colors and brands of quartz that feature the veining of marble as well as the durability of stone. This material is virtually maintenance free, making it an easy fit for a busy lifestyle! It’s made from natural quartz stone and is then bond with resins to make it spill, scratch, and stain resistant. This process also gives quartz its many unique looks.
Marble patterns can also be seen in solid surface products. Solid surface is a man made acrylic based material with a wide variety of color options. A solid surface counter is soft and warmer to the touch than quartz, making it another popular choice among consumers. Although solid surface has different properties than quartz, it still does not need to be sealed and is non porous so it will not stain.
Laminate is known for being affordable, easy to install, and easy to clean. Many people don’t realize that laminate now comes in marbled patterns as well as a huge variety of other colors. Classic Kitchens carries several laminate options that resemble the pattern of marble with various edge treatments. Keep in mind that laminate is not the workhorse of countertops such as a quartz or solid surface countertop would be, however with proper use and care it’s a great choice for many homes and budgets. As always, with any countertop material, cutting boards and hot plates will go a long way in keeping your countertops beautiful for a long time. This is a great way to keep your knifes in good shape too! Below is an example of Formica laminate as a sample and in a kitchen application.
Regardless of what material you choose to create a space you love, at Classic Kitchens and Baths we are here to help you every step of the way! Call to make an appointment or stop by to speak with one of our designers or sales associates in depth about which material has the properties, maintenance and aesthetic that best fits your lifestyle and gives you the look you have been dreaming about!