Throughout the years natural marble has been synonymous with classic beauty in home decor. However, there are other amazing benefits inherent in marble which many people are not aware of. Whether you are building a new home or renovating an existing property, you may be interested to learn all the ways in which marble can be the best choice if available. Here are just four benefits of marble in home decor and if you look, you’ll surely find there are more as well.
Little Known Health Benefit
Many people don’t stop to think about their choice of materials used throughout the home. Quite often their final decision rests on cost, and in today’s economy, who can blame them? Yet even so, choosing marble over laminates for flooring and countertops, for example, is always a healthier option. Why? Because marble, often referred to as granite, is naturally germ resistant with its smooth polished surface. There are few cracks and crevices where germs can infiltrate to begin a breeding ground.
Easy to Clean
Here again, because of its smooth finish, marble is amongst the easiest materials to clean around the home. In fact, it may indeed be the easiest of all. This is one of the leading reasons why so many homebuilders and decorators use marble extensively in the construction of fireplaces. It can simply be wiped clean with a damp rag and there is no need for heavy, caustic cleansers. You can see many lovely marble fireplaces at Thornhill Galleries that epitomise classic beauty yet are so easy to care for.
Marble is also naturally heat resistant. It can withstand ultra high temperatures which makes it a perfect choice for countertops and fireplaces. Those who have set a boiling pot on a countertop only to have it melt and turn an ugly shade of brown could only wish they had used marble and not a cheap laminate. As for fireplaces and flooring, there is no better choice when it comes to the need for a fire-resistant material.
Let’s take a moment to compare marble fireplaces to traditional cast iron inserts. Over time, cast iron tends to rust and will need to be professionally resurfaced to keep its beauty. This is not the case with marble. For as long as you own your home, that marble fireplace will remain as lustrous as it was on the day it was installed. If cost is an issue, it is better to spend a bit more at the outset than to need continual repair and resurfacing of a product that cost a bit less initially.
When it comes time to build or renovate a room that calls for a fireplace, countertop or heat resistant and easy to care for flooring, marble should be at the head of the class. Not only is this one of the most beautiful materials nature has to offer, it is easy to clean, inherently sanitary and of course, marble is inherently heat resistant up to extremely high temperatures. For classic beauty and amazing ‘fringe benefits,’ marble is what you are after.