Is Marble for Outdoor Kitchen Countertop Good

by Garth A.
(Overland Park, KS)

QUESTION:

I am going to build a high $ end outdoor cooking area. With respect to maintenance and weather, do marble counter-tops make sense. We live in Kansas City, extreme cold / wet winters, hot humid summers. Over the long term, will marble last? What are the maintenance requirements? Thank you Garth


ANSWER:

Of course marble countertops will last.... far longer than you or I or your house will. But in what condition is the question.

Marble will etch upon contact with acidic foods and drinks like ketchup and pina coladas, so not the best choice for a kitchen countertop inside or outside.

Etching causes dull and discolored spots. They can be repaired usually, but why create the hassle?

Granite does not etch and will not scratch as easy as marble.

Now, if you installed a honed marble (vs. polished) the etching is not as noticeable, but granite is still a far better choice from a durability and maintenance perspective.

Really, even if you installed a polished marble it will effectively be "honed" within a few years as weather takes it's toll and wears down the softer marble.

And sun and rain will also wash out stains and minimize the effect of etching, so if you don't mind temporary blemishes, then marble can still work well.

You'll find more in-depth explanations of all your questions, comparisons, maintenance guidelines, etc., on the pages of this website.

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how to weather installed marble
by: Anonymous

We had a travertino classico marble facing to our fireplace installed and it doesn't have any character. Most of the pitting or holes were honed out of it and now it looks too perfect like an office harth. How can we give it some character ? Is there an acid that would burn away the softer marble?

=========== ADMIN COMMENT:

Yes, any acid you apply to marble countertop or travertine floor or fireplace, etc., will etch the surface, which is a corrosive action that eats away at the marble/travertine.

Of course, you typically want to avoid any contact with acids and marble/travertine to avoid damaging the surface finish. But if you want to rough up the look, then apply vinegar (it's acidic) repeatedly until you get the look you like.

Now, this will only go so far in giving it a more rustic look, but it will create a more raw surface finish.

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