Marble is a different type of natural stone than granite. It is composed mainly of calcium carbonate, which gives it a very different look and feel. Most people are familiar with the beautiful white marbles used in such famous statues as Michelangelo’s David or the ancient Greek and Roman busts of Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great. Overall, marble can create a very definite sense of timeless elegance to any project.
The most obvious benefit in using marble is the look you can achieve. Marble is most often associated with sophistication. It is available in a wide selection of colors from the snow white marble with wisps of silver veins to the dark night sky black marbles with wisps of white veins. Most often marble is found on fireplaces, vanity tops, shower walls and tub decks. It is a heat resistant material. It is available in the traditional high shine finish which catches the light and gives it depth. It is also available in a honed finish giving the material a more matte look.
The main drawback of marble is that it is very susceptible to etching. Etching occurs when a citrus acid or household cleaner is introduced to a polished marble surface and consequently removes the shine from the surface. Once the shine is removed, marble can be re-polished, however it is never the same finish as the original. Marble is also a more porous stone and is more susceptible to staining. It is a softer material than granite and can easily be scratched with common household items like kitchen knives, and pots and pans. It is also recommended that you seal your marble regularly to prevent staining.
Marble is an excellent choice for residential and commercial projects. However, it is only recommended in certain situations. For example, polished marble would not be an ideal product in a residential or commercial kitchen, however it is often found in both residential and commercial bathrooms. Because it is a porous material, bacterial growth and staining can be an issue, so it could not be used in commercial health care or food prep areas.
Marble can be repaired, as is the case with most natural stone products. However a professional specializing in stone restoration is required and can be expensive. Also, stone repairs are often noticeable.
- See your local fabricator
PROS – Heat resistant. Unique patterns in lighter colors than other natural stone products.
CONS – Porous and will etch with vinegar and citrus acid. Tends to scratch easier than granite and quartz.
CARE & CLEANING – Use mild cleaners. Do not use vinegar or any citrus based cleaners. Periodic sealing is required.
WARRANTY – Check with local fabricator for warranty.
COST – As with most natural stone materials, marble is considered a premium product and therefore considered one of the more expensive materials. It ranges in price from $60 – $90 square foot.