What is faux marble countertops? It is a natural material of elegance, great beauty, and also easy to work, which has been imposed as a design trend in the cooking area, not only as work surfaces but as wall coverings, furniture and multiple objects. But as an option for the kitchen cooking area , in addition to the aesthetic aspect, we must consider the characteristics of marble compared to other natural or artificial materials such as granite, quartz or porcelain, to make a good decision. It is a metamorphic rock formed by limestone that reach a high degree of crystallization.
Its basic component is calcium carbonate and only a small percentage corresponds to other elements or impurities, which are what give the great variety of colors and veins they present. In the scale of Mohs, it has a hardness of 3-4, much lower than that of granite that is around 6. Its density is also lower, which makes it more porous. All this means that, in practice, a faux marble countertops is excellent for two types of people: one, that barely cooks and the other that is extraordinarily careful and orderly. Why? Because according to its composition, it can be damaged or stained very easily by acids, juices or even some spices.
Lemon and citrus are their first enemies and it is advisable not to abuse the high temperature of pots and pans. Also, it scratches with some ease. But this does not mean that it should not be used in the kitchen. All these disadvantages can be minimized, 1st) by applying a specific coating every year, 2nd) taking as a rule to immediately clean any liquid and 3rd) always using cutting and preparing boards. On the other hand, for those who do not want to take any risks, brands of quartz countertops and porcelain tiles such as Silestone, Compac, Dekton, Neohlit or Kale, among others, have colors that perfectly faux marble countertops, without the problems of these.