Marble is recrystallized limestone. Numerous materials are present which account for the markings and color range associated with the product.
Marble is a metamorphic rock found in the mountainous regions of most countries of the world. Quarried in India, China, Italy, and Spain represents the majority of quarried stone, in terms of volume, that is utilized worldwide. Because of its beauty and elegance, it is a popular choice for countertops, floors, foyers, fireplace facings and hearths, walls, and windowsills.
Reminiscent of a shallow reflecting pool, this polished rock lies unwavering, mirroring the world around it. Adding a rich elegant touch to any space, this stone nearly always evokes formality.
Available in white, red, green, yellow, and black. Some marbles feature directional patterns; others have more general overall designs. Generally, the more colorful and decorative the stone, the more fragile it is. Each vein in stone is the result of natural discoloration from water. It is like a tiny fracture which, under pressure, can lead to breakage.
This natural stone has inherent warmth, adds a sophisticated element to the area in which it is installed. Its naturally random appearance, engineering characteristics, and ease of maintenance makes it a premium choice for floors, wall claddings, table tops, wainscot, floors, and vanity tops. Many selections are well suited for wet area application, which extends the versatility of this material to include tub decks and showers.
This rock is soft and porous. This means it will stain easily if not initially sealed with at least two coats of penetrating sealer, and resealed frequently. White marble is softer and less dense than colored choices, so the staining concern is intensified. Yet dark marbles show scratches easily.
The calcite crystal is the basic building block of true marbles. The calcite crystal is vulnerable to attack by mild acids, including those commonly found in kitchen and bar settings. The user selecting marble for these applications should be aware of, and accepting of the maintenance and patina that is to be anticipated with this combination. Acid rain and other weathering elements can also affect exterior installations, and exterior applications are generally limited to white marbles, with some exceptions.