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By Suzanne in Salt Lake City, UT on 6/27/2006


Is it possible to get travertine marble slabs to use as a kitchen countertop?  I think I'm the only person in America who doesn't love granite, but I think travertine is beautiful, and would make a neat countertop.  What would be your initial pros/cons about using travertine, assuming it is possible?

Suzanne


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By Ken in Big Bear Lake, CA on 6/28/2006


Marble is not a good choice for a kitchen countertop. It is porous, chips under everyday use, and stains easily. You cannot cut anything directly on marble, as it scratches as well. Travertine is in the calcite-based family of marble and as such is generally not recommended for kitchens since it is highly susceptible to etching by acidic foods. All marble needs to be sealed on a regular basis. Efflorescence is a marble problem. That means that when it reacts with water, it has a white powdery appearance. There are so many other choices if you don't prefer granite. 


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By Mark in Thornton, CO on 8/16/2006


Suzanne,
In addition to what the other responder said, a friend of mine bought a new house and asked for travertine kitchen countertops. She now wishes she hadn't because:
1. too rough to write a note on (such as a phone memo)
2. hard to wipe off (due to roughness, again)

Just my $.02 worth, and my first post on any owner-builder forum. Good luck!

 Mark

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By Micah in Norman, OK on 1/16/2007


Suzanne,

  I agree completely with you.  I fell in love with travertine and installed travertine slab countertops in our remodel last year despite all the warnings I heard from everyone (e.g. - "...travertine is better used for bathrooms and backsplashes").  It cost about $3,000 installed in Washington, DC for a small kitchen, and it was our one true "splurge" or "wow factor" item.  

  It looked beautiful, and I'm certain it helped with our unexpected sale of the house only a few months later, but I must say that even after only using the kitchen for six months my thoughts were:  "I'm glad I won't be around to see this beautiful counter destroyed."  I could see very quickly that it was inevitable that someone was going to leave a wine bottle without a coaster or something else was going to damage it.  So I'd have to say, I won't do it again in the new house we're building from scratch this year.   

  If you don't have young children or entertain a lot, it would probably be okay, but neither is the case for us.  Good luck with your decision.


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