For years, marble has been a favored stone for home countertops due to its elegant appearance and durability. However, its price can vary due to many factors, so it’s useful to know what influences the cost of marble countertops.
First, let’s start with the good news: Marble countertops can create an almost unparalleled visual beauty to a kitchen or bathroom. The fact that marble is a natural stone means that, unlike factory-produced material, no two pieces ever look identical. And the wide range of colors and blends of styles available further boost its qualities for countertops.
There are some cons to using marble over other materials, because it is more susceptible to staining and scratching which could be an issue in a heavily used room like a kitchen. But with proper care, marble countertops last for years once they’re installed.
Indeed, installation is one of the factors to consider when opting for marble countertops. Given how expensive marble can be compared to different types of countertop products, it’s best to have a professional company install the stone. This means they can use their tools to cut the marble correctly and fit it flawlessly. Taking this approach will avoid any unnecessary repair costs later, but it’s still an important cost to consider in the overall price tag.
Another consideration – potentially the most important – is the type of marble that’s being used for the countertop. The stone is found around the world and looks different depending on where it’s from, with varying prices based on its country of origin. For example, Italian marble is incredibly popular and for that reason is produced in large quantities, making it a cheaper option than alternative types of marble produced in smaller quantities in other countries.
The type of marble will also influence a related factor, which is the design of the countertop. Costs can be kept comparatively low by simply installing a flat countertop. But the price might increase if the design adds in features like a sloped edge, or even a “waterfall” edge that continues the design on the top of the countertop down the sides of a unit, because they’ll require more marble.
When installing marble countertops, it’s also important to consider how thick to make them, with regular sizes ranging between 2 centimeters for a thinner look and 5 centimeters for a thicker look, albeit one that requires a larger cut of stone and therefore will be pricier.
A final factor that will affect the price is the finish that’s applied to the marble countertops, ranging from the sleek look of a polished finish that has a great sheen to a honed finish that still looks elegant but has less of the shininess of a polished finish countertop.
Knowing all of these factors in advance will help ease the marble purchasing process by showing the various factors that affect obtaining a dream countertop for your own home.