Marble Countertop Info For Your Next Renovation

Marble can be a great option for those that are looking for a timeless, sophisticated, bold addition to a home.  We hope you keep this information in mind when it comes time for that next renovation. There are many options in using marble to cover a countertop, tables, shelving, window sills, doorway thresholds, etc., but for our purposes here today, we would like to highlight some of the options available.  Probably the most common marble use in today’s home, your countertop, both kitchen and bath.

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Marble is a rock resulting from metamorphism of sedimentary carbonate rocks, most commonly limestone or dolomite rock. Metamorphism causes variable recrystallization of the original carbonate mineral grains. The resulting marble rock is typically composed of an interlocking mosaic of carbonate crystals. Primary sedimentary textures and structures of the original carbonate rock (protolith) have typically been modified or destroyed.

Lending to the beauty and unique characteristic swirls and veins of many colored marble varieties are usually due to various mineral impurities such as clay, silt, sand, iron oxides, or chert which were originally present as grains or layers in the limestone. Green coloration is often due to serpentine resulting from originally high magnesium limestone or dolostone with silica impurities. These various impurities have been mobilized and recrystallized by the intense pressure and heat of the metamorphism.

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In considering a marble countertop for your home or apartment, there are a few things to keep in mind.  As marble is often chosen for its beauty and strength, there a few downsides to consider when making your final decision.

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THE PROS OF A MARBLE COUNTERTOP:

Marble is, in the opinion of most, absolutely gorgeous.  The natural pattern and color whether it be subtle or colorful, is usually what attracts most people to it’s use.  The multitude of colors, combinations of various colors, pattern variance usually can make this material a perfect fit with any decor.  Marble is obviously a very hard material and can withstand extreme temperatures, hot and cold, without issue, as well as waterproof.

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THE CONS OF A MARBLE COUNTERTOP:

The downsides to a marble countertop can often be cost, availability of a particular type or color or pattern, and consequences associated with a natural material.  Although hard to the touch and solid against temperature, marble is porous and somewhat “soft” as far as stone goes.  The porousness does allow for potential staining, and the development over time of a “patina” or look of wear over any period of time, although the effects of staining and this patina over time is sometimes appreciated as part of the beauty of the marble itself.  There are some products on the market, combined with a bit of self-awareness, that can minimize the effects of staining.

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Now that we have worked through what marble is, how it is formed, and the good and the bad as far as household use is concerned, let’s take a look at several of the more historically notable varieties and their locations of origin.  Typically, when talking marble with a fabricator or seller, you can use these names as a fairly common point of reference in checking availability and cost.

Carrara marblewhite or blue-grayCarraraTuscany Italy
Connemara marblegreenConnemaraCounty Galway Ireland
Creole marblewhite and blue/blackPickens County, Georgia United States
Etowah marblepink, salmon, rosePickens County, GeorgiaUnited States
Murphy marblewhitePickens and Gilmer Counties, GeorgiaUnited States
Parian marblepure-white, fine-grainedIsland of Paros (Πάρος), South Aegean (Νοτίου Αιγαίου) Greece
Pentelic marblepure-white, fine-grained semitranslucentMount Pentelicus (Πεντελικό όρος), Attica (Ἀττική)Greece
Purbeck marbleGray/brownIsle of PurbeckDorset United Kingdom
Ruskeala marblewhitenear Ruskeala (Рускеала), Karelia (Карелия) Russia
Rușchița marblewhite, pinkish, reddishPoiana Ruscă MountainsCaraș-Severin County Romania
Sienna marbleyellow with violet, red, blue or white veinsnear SienaTuscanyItaly
Bianco Sivecwhitenear Prilep (Прилеп), Pelagonia (Пелагониски) Macedonia
Swedish green marblegreennear KolmårdenSödermanland Sweden
Sylacauga marblewhiteTalladega County, AlabamaUnited States
Vermont marblewhiteProctor, VermontUnited States
Yule marbleuniform pure whitenear Marble, ColoradoUnited States
Wunsiedel marblewhiteWunsiedelBavaria Germany
Makrana marblewhiteMakranaNagaur districtRajasthan India
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We hope you have found this bit of information helpful, inspiring, and motivating toward making plans to renovate your kitchen or bath using some of the marble highlighted here.  A simple marble countertop can add tremendous value to your home, not to mention you own personal pleasure each and every day.

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