Marble countertops are beautiful and durable, but they aren't indestructible. Your countertop may develop a few chips and etching over time that can be repaired. A more difficult repair is a crack in the marble. Cracks can potentially happen when a heavy object is dropped on the countertop. If your marble countertop has a crack in it, you don't have to worry because a stone repair professional can usually fix the problem and make the crack disappear. Here are a few things to know.

Be Cautious Of DIY Repairs

There are several things you can do to maintain your marble countertops, and you can even make minor repairs to tiny chips and etching. However, it's often best to leave crack repair to a professional, so you don't make the crack worse or make it harder to repair later on. Repairing a crack in marble is part filling the crack and part blending in the filler, so the crack disappears. This requires skill and experience so that the crack is invisible once the work is done.

Understand The Steps To Crack Repair

You may wonder what to expect when a professional repairs a crack in marble. The first step is to clear dust and debris out of the crack so that it is clean and the damage can be assessed. Many cracks, from small hairline cracks to large separated cracks, can be repaired with filler. However, if a crack affects the stability of the countertop, then it may be necessary to replace that section of marble instead.

If it's determined that repairs can be done, the crack is filled with epoxy that's mixed with marble powder to match the color of your countertop. Once the crack is filled, the epoxy is allowed to cure. It may be necessary to clamp the two sides of the crack together during this time if they have separated.

Once the epoxy is dry, the surface is sanded smooth and the area polished. The repair work blends right in with the swirls and color of the marble, so it is invisible, and the countertop looks good as new.

There's not much you can do to prevent cracks since they are the result of an accident such as dropping a heavy pain on the marble, but fortunately, cracks don't happen very often. You may never see a crack in your countertop, but if the marble does develop a crack or chip, be sure to call for repairs right away so you can restore the beauty of your countertop.

Contact a company like Marble Tec Systems for more information and assistance.