Quarry Queries – Marble
White marble is one of our most popular natural stones and is being used more and more in interior design. For that reason, we wanted to dedicate this blog post to learning more about marble, its properties, history, and many uses.
Marble is a metamorphic rock that forms when limestone is subjected to heat and pressure. Composed primarily of calcite, it usually contains other minerals including micas, quartz, graphite, pyrite and iron oxides. Normally a light-colored rock, marble that has been formed in the presence of other minerals can feature shades of pink, gray, yellow, blue, or black. Carrara, Italy is famous for its white marble, where it has been quarried for over 2 millennia.
Marble also has an abundance of uses – some you might not expect – from an aggregate in construction, to a calcium additive in animal feed, to an acid neutralizer for indigestion. While it is easy to carve and ideal for sculptures, marble is also capable of bearing immense weight, perfect for monolithic columns and supporting structures such as the Parthenon in Greece or the Taj Mahal in India.
The upscale and classic appearance of marble can add elegance to any design. It’s most commonly used for countertops, interior flooring, shower walls, and fireplace surrounds. Marble can fairly easily scratch, etch or stain if not properly cared for, which is why we recommend sealing it upon installation and again each year thereafter. Using only ph-neutral and non-abrasive products when cleaning marble is recommended, as well as making sure the stone isn’t exposed to acidic solutions such as lemon juice, tomatoes, or vinegar.
Even though it may take more care than other stones, marble is traditionally prized for its aesthetic appeal and distinct look. Pental carries marble slab in both polished and honed finishes to ensure you achieve your design objectives. It’s good to note that some people will enjoy the patina that age and use brings to their marble surfaces. Alternately, marble installations that show signs of age or distress can be poulticed and resurfaced to like-new condition.
Is marble a finish you plan to use in your next renovation?