The Aesthetics of Marble without the Upkeep

We recently did a blog on the wide selection of marble options for your home. As gorgeous as natural marble is, we all know it has its quirks. It can be quite a challenge to maintain due to its porous nature… stains, scratches and discoloring to name a few.  Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love marble and believe with the right maintenance is a stunning option for any home. That being said, for those of us with busy lifestyles, maintaining our beautiful marble countertop can be the last thing on our minds. Luckily there are plenty of synthetic marble lookalikes out there that are just as beautiful and much more durable.  

Manufacturers such as Silestone, Pentalquartz, Dekton, Cambria, Neolith and Arizona Tile carry lovely alternatives to marble including the not so natural stone, quartz. Unlike marble, quartz is nonporous and very durable due to the fact it is made up of 93 percent crushed quartz and 7 percent resin. Neolith is also a gorgeous option. Similar to quartz, it is scratch resistant, easy to clean, can withstand hot and freezing temperatures; but unlike quartz, it is 100% natural and contains no resin. Food for thought.

In one of our recent projects, we opted for faux marble in the kitchen and powder room. The fact that it requires zero upkeep and was close in cost greatly appealed to our client! Here are some of the other cultured marble samples we encountered during this project before our client decided on Calacatta, Neolith. ( Stay tuned for blog on finished Sapphire project!)

Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something new! Sometimes you will discover a better version of something you thought was flawless, such as faux marble!