Marble is more porous than granite and is generally a softer stone. It can scratch easier than granite and can break if exposed to high heat; therefore not making it a good choice on kitchen countertops. Most frequently it is used in bathrooms and as a decorative accent throughout the home. Just like granite, marble often has a “grain”, which must be considered when selecting the appropriate stone for the project.
Marble has both a scientific and commercial definition. Scientific marble was once limestone that achieved metamorphosis from intense pressures and high temperatures within the earth. This altered its crystalline structure and introduced other minerals that produced the valuable colors and veining. Commercially, any stone capable of taking a polish (with the exception of granite) is known as marble. This includes travertine, onyx, serpentine and limestone.
Because of its beauty and elegance, marble is a popular choice for countertops, floors, foyers, fireplace facings and hearts, walls, and windowsills.
Most common uses for Marble:
- Interior and exterior wall cladding
- Interior and exterior paving
- Fireplace facing and hearth
- Lavatory tops
- Residential & Commercial counter tops
- Table Tops, Statuary
- Novelty items
How To Select Your Stone:
The selection of stone is a very personal choice. Stone in the home speaks to the homeowner’s appreciation of beauty and style. While granite continues to be the most popular choice, marble, travertine, and soapstone are gaining in popularity. Quartz products, a composite product of natural quartz and resins, are also gaining in popularity. It is important to understand the properties of each type of stone and its durability before making a final selection.