Stephen Baez

Stephen Baez is the authority on taking care of your countertops. He has worked in the sealing, maintenance, and restoration of countertops for the last few years. Stephen writes for Marble so he could help readers on how to maintain and upkeep their countertops so they stay good as new for as long as possible. For all things, restoration and maintenance Stephen is your guy.

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On Marble.com, our main goal is to properly educate homeowners on stone countertops and other stone features. There is plenty of information out there online on choosing and caring for countertop material, but not all of it is correct. Here at Marble.com, we put proper, science-based information as our top priority so our readers can make the right choice for them. Read more about our process
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Pros and Cons of Marble Kitchen Countertops

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Table of Contents Marble is More Art than Construction Material Marble is Heat-Resistant Marble is Porous and Soft Marble Stains Easily Marble Can Be as Affordable or as Expensive as a Budget Permits Marble: To Install or Not When deciding to go with natural stone countertops in your kitchen, selecting the right material is going to be one of the first steps. Between marble, granite, quartz, travertine, and so on, th...

How to Get Countertops for Less: Best Ways to Save

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Table of Contents How Much Do Different Countertop Options Cost?  How Can You Keep the Cost of Your New Countertops Low?  Why Are Stone Countertops the Best Option?  Frequently Asked Questions  Installing new countertops can drastically transform your home in a positive way. From increasing the aesthetic appeal to bettering the functionality and raising the overall value of your home, new countertops have ma...

15 Interesting Facts About Granite

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Table of Contents Granite Fun Facts  Frequently Asked Questions    Between the beauty, durability and multitude of other positive qualities granite has, it is not hard to see why so many homeowners choose the material to complete their remodeling projects. Despite being so popular, there are likely many things that you wouldn’t happen to know about this magnificent natural stone. The following are 15 interesti...

What Type of Rock is Marble? Understanding the Countertop Material

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Table of Contents What Type of Rock is Marble?  What Types of Rocks Are There?  How Does Marble Form?  What is Marble Made Up Of?  What is the Difference Between Rock and Stone?  Frequently Asked Questions    Marble has been one of the world’s most popular building materials for centuries. This elegant and durable natural stone is featured in everything from some of the world&rs...

What is the Most Expensive Granite in the World?

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Table of Contents How Much Do Granite Countertops Cost?  How Do Granite Colors Impact Cost?  What is the Most Expensive Granite?  Frequently Asked Questions  When it comes to countertop options, there are few better than a granite slab. The natural stone is gorgeous, durable and easy to take care of. In addition to kitchen countertops, granite can also be used as a bathroom vanity top, backsplash, kitchen is...

Quartz vs. Granite – Heat Resistance Comparison

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Table of Contents How Much Heat Can Quartz Handle?  How Much Heat Can Granite Handle?  How Can You Prevent Heat Damage to a Quartz Countertop?  Is Heat Damage an Issue with Granite Countertops?  What is the Best Area of the Home for Quartz Countertops?  Which Material is Better: Quartz or Granite?  Frequently Asked Questions    Quartz countertops and granite countertops are tw...

How to Choose Kitchen Countertops: Best Fits

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Table of Contents How to Choose Kitchen Countertops: Finding the Right Material  Granite Countertops  Marble Countertops  Quartzite Countertops  Quartz Countertops  Slate Countertops  Soapstone Countertops  Limestone Countertops  Travertine Countertops  Onyx Countertops  Glass Countertops  Gemstone Count...

How to Remove Rust from Marble: Steps to Take

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Table of Contents How to Remove Rust Stains from Marble  Steps for Removing Rust from Marble  Frequently Asked Questions  Marble is one of the most beautiful materials you can use for countertops, backsplashes and other home surfaces. However, marble can encounter stains that will diminish the natural stone’s appearance. While this may seem concerning, there is no need to panic. Many marble stains, including t...

How Quartz is Made: Creating Your Countertop

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Table of Contents How is Quartz Made?  Frequently Asked Questions    Natural quartz is a mineral that is found in the earth’s surface. It is from this mineral and other components that quartz countertops are made. While not a natural stone countertop option, quartz is incredibly popular among homeowners. This guide will help you learn how quartz is made into your countertop, backsplash or other home...

Is Quartz Porous? Maintaining Your Countertop

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Table of Contents What is Porosity?  Are Quartz Countertops Porous?  Lack of Porosity: What is the Impact?  What Are the Pros of Quartz?  What Are the Cons of Quartz?  Frequently Asked Questions  While natural stone countertop options, such as granite countertops and marble countertops, remain popular, quartz countertops have become quite the competition on the market. Many homeowners today c...