What is Marble?

Marble may be also known as crystalline limestone. Marble is formed from crystallized limestone through heat and pressure in the earth's crust causing the change in texture and makeup. Different temperatures and other variables such as water and the presence of minerals can alter the color or general quality of the marble. Present minerals resulting from impurities give marble a wide variety of colors. For example, pure calcite marble is white, marble with hematite has a reddish color, while marble with limonite is yellow, and marble containing serpentine is green. Marble has long been highly valued for its beauty, strength, and resistance to fire and erosion. Although softer and less durable than granite, marble is widely used for almost any job. Keep in mind that marble scratches easily, loses its shine quickly, and may break under the provided conditions. Marble is frequently and beautifully veined or clouded making it an exquisite addition to sophisticate anything anywhere.

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Marble has both scientific and commercial definitions. Scientific marble was once limestone that achieved metamorphosis from intense pressures and high temperatures within the earth. This trauma altered its crystalline structure, introducing other minerals that produced the valuable colors and veining seen in the stone. Commercially, any stone capable of taking a polish (with the exception of granite) is known as marble. This includes travertine, onyx, serpentine, and limestone.

Most common uses:

Non-Architectural uses:

  • Interior and exterior wall cladding
  • Interior and exterior paving
  • Fireplace facing and hearth
  • Lavatory tops
  • Residential & Commercial counter tops
  • Table Tops
  • Statuary
  • Novelty items
  • Toothpaste
  • Paint Whiting
  • Agricultural Lime

*For prices, please contact us as special discounts and offers may apply. Availability of a certain stone may also have an affect on the pricing just as the quality and color.

 

 

   
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