Pros and Cons of Using Carrara Marble In Your Home Improvement Project

Pros and Cons of Using Carrara Marble In Your Home Improvement Project
 The Fairfield Team 3/1/2017 2:46 PM

Carrara marble has become vastly popular in bathroom and kitchen redesigns of not just Omaha homes, but homes just about everywhere. Many people that are considering using marble in their homes are full of questions like:

  • “What happens to it over time?”
  • “Why should I chose marble over granite or even tile?”
     

Pros:

  • Carrara marble has a timeless beauty that could fit into any home and the brightness that it has is not available in quartz or granite.
     
  • This marble doesn’t conduct heat very well so this would be ideal for kitchens and working with pastries.
     
  • Carrara marble is actually one of most cost-efficient natural marbles that you can buy.
     
  • While some stones are hard to find, you can find carrara marble at any stone fabricator or stone yard (check out the selection here in Omaha at G.M.S. Werks).
     

Cons:

  • Since marble is a natural product, you can't expect it to look the same in 5 years as it does the day you install it. If you are installing it on the floor, you can expect it to have some wear and tear from foot traffic.
     
  • If you are the type of person that likes everything you install to look the same as it did brand new, then marble simply isn’t the product for you. Try something that doesn’t wear as easily.
     
  • Acids from things like wine, marinara sauce, and lemons cause wear on marble if left sitting out for long periods of time. So, if you are an on-the-go homeowner and usually leaves these things sitting out, then over time they can take a toll on your marble.

Maintenance Tips:
 

If you do decide to install carrara marble in your home, try some of these maintenance tips to keep your marble looking as new as the day you installed it...or at least close to it:
 

  • Have your marble sealed before it’s installed. This won’t completely protect it, but it will buy you some time and keep it looking newer, longer.
     
  • Spot treat your marble. Clean high use areas with a special cleaner that is sold by most marble companies. These high use areas might be around faucets, toilets and shower and bath entrances.
     
  • Consider purchasing polished marble. Polished marble is a little more resistant to staining whereas honed marble is a little more absorbent.  

Remodel and Resale Tips:

Remodeling your Omaha home, whether it be your bathrooms, kitchen, or family area can come with quite the price tag and headache, but it can also pay off in the long run by upping the resale value of your home. Kitchens are one of the top remodels that homeowners do to increase the resale value of their home and most see a major return on their investment

 

Carrara marble is a great addition to any kitchen or bathroom remodel. To learn about the quarry that this beautiful marble comes from and the “white spiders,” the men that bring us this marble, check out these links: