Most natural stone countertop surfaces are resistant to heat, which is why they are preferred in kitchens. Marble is heat resistant, and it can stand up surprisingly well to hot pans. If you put them in your bathroom, styling tools should not cause damage while they heat on the bathroom’s countertop surface either. So, are marble countertops heat resistant? Keep on reading to find out!
While they are “resistant,” you should know the limitations of their ability to withstand the heat:
Discoloration is Possible:
While you could place a hot pan from the oven or stove right on top of the countertop, the stone may discolour and develop a yellowish hue – especially in instances of extreme heat. If you place the hot pan momentarily while you grab a placemat, your marble countertop can handle it.
Cracking from Thermal Shock:
Are lower-grade marble countertops heat resistant as well? Unfortunately no, they are very prone to heat and when they come into contact with extreme heat, the thermal shock can force cracks in the marble’s surface – permanently damaging them.
So, while you could put a hot pan on your newly installed marble countertops, it is still a good idea to protect them with a pad or protector underneath. If you do so, you can increase how long you get to enjoy your marble countertops in your home, and not have to worry about discoloration issues staining them for good.
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