“I love the look of the Carrara Marble, but having marble countertops in my kitchen it’s too high maintenance for me! What are my marble look alike alternatives?”
That is a typical love or hate type of deal and day after day, one of the most asked questions I get from my customers.
My answer usually starts with: either you love it or you hate it! There’s no middle ground on this case! And the reason is simple. The simplicity, elegance , sophistication and everlasting beauty of marble are naturally attached to its softness and fragility.
A White Carrara marble countertop will never lose its class and sophistication. Even after years of normal use, its wear and tear will display that beautiful patina look along with water rings and etching spots. But believe me, even then your marble countertops will still uphold its timeless beauty and majesty.If you by now have a weird look on your face and are repeating after me: patina finish, water rings, etching marks? My dear, marble countertops are definitely not for you!
Now, if you are definitely not capable of having marble countertops in your kitchen, because it will require a certain amount of up keeping, and you are one of the thousands that consider that to be ” high maintenance”. LOl trust me, I completely understand you! than, just forget about the whole thing! Marble countertops are definetely not the surface for you! Hear me out here, there’s nothing wrong with that! Actually, can you imagine your stress level, on a daily basis, when you’re hovering over your children to make sure there won’t be any spills over your brand new carrara marble countertops? Even worse, would be you acting that up when you’re entertaining your guests in your kitchen around those marble countertops? Definetely, not a fun experience!
Let’s move then, on and look at other surfaces out there. Don’t worry, you won’t find yourself limited to a couple of not so great options! Quartz products have progressed a long way. Not too long ago, their color options were very limited and the choices available were basically the graining or speckled looks.
Now days, thanks to technology and high investments from Quartz manufactores in developing Quartz lines that would be granite and marble comparable, the home industry have a large selection available to pick from. Quartz is a manmade product which usually consists of 90-94% ground quartz and 6-10% being resins and pigments. A wide range of colors, patterns and texture have brought Quartz products to earn its so well second most used surface product position in 2014 according to the KBDA. So, when you hear that Quartz countertops are here to stay, you better believe they are. The strength, durability and stain-resistance of the Quartz products are some of the many advantages consumers take to heart when weighting the cost of Quartz vs. White Carrara and several other marble options.
Lagoon is one of the top Carrara Marble alternatives from Silestone. It mimics the fine grey veining of the Carrara Marble, although it’s not too much on a most sensitive price point. Silestone products are made up of 94% natural quartz, which make it extraordinarily hard and resilient surface for your kitchen countertops.
Personally, I love this color! It’s called Torquay. This is Cambria’s hottest Carrara Marble alternative. Cambria surfaces are 93% pure quartz, it doesn’t need periodic sealing, polishing or repairs. The focal point of this elegant kitchen (from Home and Design ) is the large island where the marble-like product of choice was the Torquay, from Cambria.
The third option homeowner’s and designers have been falling in love with it’s the Calacatta Nuvo. This particular quartz color resembles more of the Calacatta Gold look. It has fading grey tons and long veining patterns; One of the top look-alike marble alternative sellers for Casesarstone. CaesarStone is 93 percent crushed quartz. Caesarstone products are tough enough for the wear and tear on just about any interior surface application.
Keep in mind that not all marbles are the same. You can still find superior quality marble slabs that will have a lot more strength and density then the popular Carrara Marble. Marbles such as Danby White, Imperial Danby, Callacata Gold, White Vermont are just a few of many so called high end marbles that are much denser and will not stain as easily as the softer ones. Although, they will still, be susceptible to etching and watermarks. After all, those are natural reaction of the marble composition to acidic liquids. It’s the nature of the beast, as I usually put it! There’s nothing that can be done to avoid it. To minimize, yes; to avoid, no.
Amazing kitchen design (from DecorPad) with white glass-front kitchen cabinets painted Benjamin Moore White Dove, white kitchen island, calcutta marble countertops
At the end of the day, my rule of thumb for anyone shopping for carrara marble for their kitchen countertops is to go with what feels right for your family lifestyle. Carrara Marble is a great material with its pros and cons and if the cons outweigh the pros, there are always great quartz alternatives. The most important thing, is for your family and guests to feel welcome around your new kitchen counter tops. If carrara marble happens to be your stone of choice, great! If not, now you gotta a few great options of look-alike marble countertops, I hope this post helps you to during your decision making process!