Marble – Natural Stone Tile

Natural Stone Selection – Marble.

Choosing the right natural stone for your surfacing project; whether it be back-splash, counter-tops, walls or flooring tile, depends upon knowing the attributes of the stone with which you will be working.

Bathroom remodeling with rectified marble tile flooring.
Natural Stone Selection – Tiling with Marble.

So, let consider the natural stone called “Marble.”

Commercially, any stone capable of taking a polish, with the exception of granite, is known as marble. These calcareous stones are made of mainly calcium carbonate.  This stone group includes marble, travertine, limestone and onyx.

Marble is a rock resulting from metamorphism of sedimentary carbonate rocks, most commonly limestone or dolomite rock.

White is the perfect palette to make architectural elements sing. Pure white marble is the result of metamorphism of a very pure limestone or dolomite protolith containing little to no silicate. White Italian marble has a timeless appeal. It adds depth and texture and can have a “wow” factor in the most minimalist and contemporary kitchens.

The swirls and veins of many colored marble varieties are due to various mineral impurities such as clay, sand, iron oxides, or chert which were originally present in the limestone. Green coloration is often due to high magnesium limestone or dolostone with silica impurities mobilized and recrystallized by the intense pressure and heat of the metamorphism.

Marble has always been highly priced and popular as a surfacing material because of its texture, appearance and its many other characteristics. Why is marble in such high demand?   Well, first of all it’s a gorgeous stone desirable for its distinctive thick, bold veining and precious rarity. It’s considered a more luxurious stone than granite and is often used in highly visible areas such as flooring, kitchen counter-ops, fireplace surrounds, and shower walls. The American market has become a source of high demand.

As striking as it is, it is not for everybody.

As beautiful as these marble furnishings are, they need special care to maintain their condition.  It is a softer stone than granite and it scratches and stains.  While it requires periodic maintenance, when properly cared for marble flooring can last a lifetime.

From the viewpoint that function trumps form, the decision to use a marble in a kitchen environment is questionable. In the kitchen, the use of marble as a natural stone counter-top is particular problematic, as cleanup and maintenance is not easy. Fears about accidentally ruining it are warranted.

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