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Marble Countertops And Slabs

Marble Countertops and Slabs

Unlike quartz countertops that are not heat resistant, marble countertops and slabs can have a complementary protective film added to their surface to expand their life cycle. Known as a countertop fabricator, the film seals any minuscule pours that prevent cracking or staining down the line. Compared to granite and quartz, marble countertops and slabs are more of a softer stone that allows for better and cleaner matte or satin finishes. Here are many other reasons homeowners want marble slabs Bayville and marble countertops Manakawin in new homes and installed alongside renovations.

Uniqueness

Marble countertops are so desired that manufactured quartz countertops are being made to try to mimic them! However, the color and veining of genuine marble are unmatched. Colors can range from the darkest colors like black to moderate colors like green and lighter colors like pink and white. There are also unique types of marble designs: Calacatta, Carrara, Crema Marfil, and Statuary. Carrara is generally the cheaper marble option, but those who enjoy minimalistic styles should look into Calacatta Michelango. For outdoor use, consider Crema Valencia.

Utility

Remaining naturally cool is one of the great benefits of marble countertops and slabs. Although marble is nearly heat resistant, it is strongly recommended not to place hot pots and pans directly onto marble countertops. Being considerable around and on marble helps retain its additional value to the home.

Maintenance

For proper upkeep of marble countertops and slabs, homeowners will need to constantly clean and frequently polish to prevent chipping and dulling. Routine care to slab, such as a quick cleanse using a mixture of ammonia and hydrogen peroxide, is expected to extend the life of marble. Resealing should be done approximately every 6 months or less, depending on surface usage frequency. With proper care, marble countertops and slabs can last up to 100 years!

Cost

For a marble countertop or slab to last a lifetime, homeowners must invest heavily into quality while also maintaining it in their home. Currently, standard marble countertops Point Pleasant Beach and marble slabs Bayville range from $40-$100 per square foot, where the average is approximately $60/sq. foot. Comparatively, the Carrara design will run about $40/sq. foot, Statuario goes for $50/sq. foot, and Calcacatta is the most expensive at $180/sq. foot. Usually, the cost is reflective of the marble’s origin, which could be Greece, Italy, India, Iran, Spain, or Turkey, and cut, which has to be done with diamond blades within circular saws to precisely get appropriate installation measurements. With that being said, there are no quick fixes with marble countertops and slabs if a single measurement is off!

Installation of marble into any indoor or outdoor setting also comes with a hefty price tag. First, the marble countertop or slab must be placed on a durable and sturdy base or frame, as marble is naturally heavy. Then, typically professionals need to come in to set the stone in place, and that runs around $1,000-$10,000, or an average of $3,000, for each installation that takes approximately four to six hours to complete. 

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