Marble is an ideal natural material for foyers, bathrooms, floors, and hearths. Marble is found in the mountainous regions of Canada, Italy, Germany, Spain, the U.S., and other countries world-wide. Marble adds a sophisticated element to your home, and its wonderful appearance, superior engineering characteristics, and ease of maintenance makes it a natural choice for floors, countertops, wall coverings, table tops, and bathroom walls, floors, vanity tops, tub decks, and showers.
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What is Marble?
Any limestone or dolomite that can take a high polish and still be usable. It is generally formed from limestone undergoing metamorphism. When exposed to extremes of pressure or heat limestone turns into calcite or dolomite crystals, which are the primary materials in marble. The ancient Greeks built their architecture, cities, and sculptures often from Pentelic and Parian Marbles, quarried in Greece. The Romans later used marble in their buildings as well, quarrying in the Greek spots and finding quarries of their own. Marble is, in a lot of ways, what the classical and Hellenistic age was built from. This is one of the reasons people are drawn to it for countertops, flooring, and bathroom vanities. Please contact Capitol Granite if you wish to discuss in detail the pros and cons of marble surfaces for your kitchen, bathroom, or flooring. Back to the top.
Where can Marble be used?
The uses are almost endless. It is used in flooring, kitchen counter tops, bathroom countertops, bathroom vanities, bars, pillars, stair cases, colonnades, paneling, and facing stone in architectural structures. It can’t however be used outdoors, since water would corrode its crystalline structure. It is also very smooth and therefore tends to be slippery, which makes it unfavorable to use in high traffic areas. Marble is one of the most beautiful stones, with a highly polished smooth face and a wide variety of colors. These various colors are due to impurities, such as iron or carbon, getting caught in the structure during formation. They often appear in stripes which makes the marble, especially when cut, very beautiful. This is why marble is very popular for high-end countertops in the kitchen and bathroom. It can turn an average kitchen into an extraordinary one that will leave visitors speechless. However, Marble is not ideal for use on kitchen countertops because it scratches easily, and not as strong as granite, and is primarily used in bathroom vanities. People do still use marble in high end kitchens that are more for show than common usage. It’s these properties that make it suited to some of the more delicate arts. It can be crafted into beautiful home furnishings, and it has been the material used in many of the worlds most beautiful sculptures. It is one of the most beautiful, elegant, historically prevalent stones that can be used. This is why so many people choose marble countertops, marble flooring, and marble for their bathroom vanities. Back to the top.
Marble is primarily used in other settings than kitchen countertops. This is because it’s not as durable as other surfaces such as granite and quartz. Marble countertops will easily damage due to the different properties that marble possesses. It is primarily used in bathroom vanities, fireplace surrounds, hearts, and tile stone. Marble fireplace surrounds are gorgeous and marble is capable of sustaining the heat without getting damaged. Marble tile in yellow marble, white marble, or other marble colors give a smooth expanse of warm earthly color to a room, lifting it out of the doldrums. Marble vanities and bathrooms work incredibly well and dazzle the eye. Back to the top.
Maintaining Marble Countertops and Surfaces
Always wipe marble floors/countertops/vanities with a damp cloth; you can also buff dry once a week.
Be very careful whenever you place anything on top of your countertops because it can scratch pretty easily.
Consider using acetone or clear ammonia to remove stains.
You can use a clean cloth to apply the cleaner and later on buff dry your countertops and flooring.
- Be very careful whenever you place anything on top of your countertops because it scratches pretty easily.
- Consider using acetone or clear ammonia to remove stains.
- You can use a clean cloth to apply the cleaner and later on buff dry your marble countertops and marble flooring.
- Every time you place a cold beverage on your marble countertops, use coasters, because marble countertops will easily stain and develop rings.
- Always wipe marble floors/countertops/vanities with a damp cloth; you can also buff dry once a week. Back to the top.
Pros and Cons of Marble
Pros of Marble Countertops and Surfaces
Beauty Marble is well known for its beauty. Most people associate marble with luxury due to its uses in expensive or royal historical buildings. Marble is also a prized material for kitchen countertops. The fact remains that the beauty of marble is still greatly appreciated. Being a natural stone with a distinctive look, marble will most likely remain popular for a long time to come. The delicately ‘marbled’ surface has an elegant simplicity to it.
Heat Resistance. The heat proof surface resists damage from heat; a good quality for a surface material to be used in a kitchen. Back to the top.
Cons of Marble Countertops and Surfaces
Porous Being porous means the potential for staining. If liquids are spilled onto the marble surface, the longer the spill is left the more the potential for staining. Spills must be wiped up promptly. Sealers are necessary to maintain the look and may need to be reapplied according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Professional sealing is recommended for marble surfaces.
Softer than Other Stones Marble can be damaged by scratches because it is a relatively soft stone. On a surface such as a counter top, scratching is a real possibility. More care must be taken to prevent scratches on marble than on other harder stone surfaces.
Expensive One of the reasons that marble is relatively rare in entire kitchen counter scenarios is the price. Marble is very costly compared to other materials. More often you will find certain areas of the kitchen with marble, such as a kitchen island. If the maintenance necessary seems prohibitive, consider an alternate stone counter material such as granite. Back to the top.