marble countertops pros and cons

If you’ve thought recently about remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, you’re not alone. Kitchens and bathrooms get remodeled more than any other rooms in U.S. households.

And they usually start with updating their countertops. And many choose marble!

Some Americans spend up to an hour or more in their kitchen every day. The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home, so it might as well be a place you love to be in.

If you want a modern, beautiful, and timeless kitchen or bathroom, then a marble countertop may be the right choice for you. 

Read on for marble countertops pros and cons you may want to consider before installation.

Marble Countertops Pros and Cons

Let’s dive into the pros and cons of marble countertops.


There are so many good reasons for choosing a marble countertop surface. Here are just a few.

1. Beautiful Appearance

Marble is one of the most sought after countertop surfaces because of its classic and luxurious appearance. 

It comes in such a wide variety of color and patterns that there’s a slab that could fit almost anyone’s taste.

For a clean, modern style opt for the bright clean whites or dark blacks and greys. 

For a traditional aesthetic choose a lighter marble with some warmer tones.  Even white can come in a variety of shades.

If you’re feeling a little retro then you can select a slab with some rose, green, or other colored veins running through it.  As a word of caution, those with unique variations can have a huge range in price.

2. Availability

You’d be hard pressed to find a stone yard or countertop manufacturer that doesn’t carry marble in many varieties.

One of the greatest things about marble is that you can find it no matter where you live or what source you choose.  Locally in Pierce County we work with a number of different suppliers that carry many different color and quality variations.

3. Cost

Surprisingly, marble countertops (especially Carrera marble countertops from Italy) are among the most affordable natural countertop surfaces. 

This is due, in part, to its wide availability. So if you’re on a budget, but still want a luxurious feeling surface, marble could still be the right choice for you!


There are some downsides to having a marble countertop. But if you’re up to the challenge of upkeep and protective measures, then it doesn’t have to be a con.

1. Stains

Marble is an extremely porous rock, meaning it has many microscopic holes and is very absorbent. If you spill any kind of liquid and don’t immediately clean it off, it could permanently stain your counter.

Wine, oils, juices, etc. are very hard to remove, if not impossible, once they’ve seeped through the seal into the stone.

To help avoid this problem, make sure that your marble is sealed when installed and again every year or so. 

2. Sturdiness

Marble has been known to chip or break from a sharp knife or heavy pots or pans. 

Unless you are meticulous with the use of a cutting board and/or trivets, you might be prone to damaging your countertop surface.

Some manufacturers won’t warranty marble countertops for that very reason. If you need something a little more durable, you should consider a granite or quartz option. 

Marble is also prone to breaking during installation, as it is a much softer stone than granite.  Due to this, it is highly recommended you have a professional cut, move and install any marble countertops.

Now What?

Now that you know the marble countertops pros and cons, it’s time to decide for yourself if it’s right for you, your family, and your lifestyle.

Contact us for more info today on how to get the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams!

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