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jarboewise421

As someone who chose a beautiful striped gray marble for our counter tops I have regretted it from almost the minute it was in place. I know die hard marble lovers claim they don’t care about the hundreds of permanent spots and stains on their countertops...it’s just life showing the imperfections of cooking, entertaining etc. but I’m not one of those because not only was it expensive, I also decided immediately that I was going to protect our investment and keep them in pristine condition. Well, it’s an impossible task!!! It’s just my husband and I and despite my finest effort they are spotted, crazed and stained. This kitchen is gorgeous but I guess I would like to hear from the homeowners or anyone else out there if they deeply regret their choice of marble for the busiest room in the house. And don’t even get me started on marble in bathroom’s!!! Thanks for letting me vent...if I ever win the lottery I’m ripping out my expensive, soiled countertops and choosing something that won’t show the all the hideous flaws that yes, drive me Crazy!!!




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P M

Jarboewise, my stone kitchen countertop was installed 11 years ago. At the time I wanted one of the new (at the time) solid-surface counters, but stone was cheaper. My counter is a figured stone with a high proportion of quartz, so there is a lot of jade-like translucency — no off-the-rack freckled look. The counter has always has had imperfections, but they don’t bother me (with the exception of one seam that was a last-munite fix, and that ticks me off). The stone is very etched around the sink spigot: even that passes as patina, in my eyes. However, I would rip out and replace my island countertop if I had the spare cash, and replace it with a manufactured surface. The reason is that the installation was poorly done — bad work fitting the sink, and not enough overhang to sit at the counter comfortably. Also would like an additional inch in counter height, which could be achieved with a counter replacement, and would like to replace the sink at the same time. The good news is that mixed counter surfaces are in vogue. The bad news is that I have been reading so many negative things about manmade counter materials!

So, yes, I regret choosing that counter surface. I should have gone with the thicker Caesarstone I really wanted, which would have come with a much better fabricator. Live and learn.

I have a limestone counter in my guest bath. I like it, and I take care of the surface. I wouldn’t use such a fragile stone in a master bath, though.

   
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sjshel

I used marble in my kitchen 10 years ago.I used it because I found beautiful gold color with shells and other interesting things in the marble.I have used a mat on top of counter top trying to save the marble. It worked fairly well.Ill never do that again. Im building a new house and have chosen quartz mainly because of color. Granite has so much grey colors, which Im not a fan of.Ive worked very hard finding creams,tans and whites for my new house. Grey is so popular and I cant find a use for it.Marble is beautiful but not for long.Its really to bad. There is nothing better then living with natural products.

   

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