When people are looking to install stone benchtops in their kitchen, the choice usually comes down to granite, quartz, or marble. Many homeowners cherish an intense desire for marble due to its classical styling and gorgeous appearance. However, marble is also very hard to keep looking its best, so people often skip it, despite their own inclinations, for something a little more practical.
That's fine, but you should consider opting for a glass over marble countertop before you sacrifice the material that you really want to use.
The best of both worlds
Glass over marble countertops are just what they sound like. A marble slab is used to create the countertop itself, and then a length of glass is installed over it. This might sound like an odd idea, and it's still a relatively novel one, but it's a concept that is catching fast since you tend to get the best of both worlds
Marble is a natural stone that contains many minerals. Unfortunately, this means that it can take stains very easily with anything from food to certain cleaning products posing problems. People with marble countertops need to be careful to use chopping boards at all times and to clean up any spills immediately, and this can become tiresome.
Adding glass over the top forms a protective layer across your marble. Glass used for this purpose is incredibly durable and able to resist scratches and stains with ease. Of course, you'll still be able to take in the beauty of the marble right below.
The fact that glass is completely non-porous clearly means that it won't take stains like marble will, but that isn't the only benefit. It can be cleaned very easily with soap and water without sealant ever needing to be applied, and it's impossible for mould, germs, and bacteria to gain a foothold, which is an especially important concern when you're dealing with kitchen countertops. You'll have a counter that is easy to clean, requires minimal maintenance, and won't encourage the growth of anything nasty.
Of course, glass over marble countertops would appeal to many homeowners due to looks alone. Marble and glass just work well together. Marble is a light and reflective stone, so it perfectly complements glass's ability to make a room feel open and more inviting. Combining the two can really make your kitchen pop, and the fact that this is a relatively new countertop option means that you'll be considered something of a trendsetter.