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kitchen marbleMarble – A Noble Stone
 
It conjures up images of majesty. Ancient ruins of Greece and Rome. Magnificent European cathedrals with soaring columns. Some of the great buildings of North America, from the United Nations to the parliament buildings in Ottawa. The Washington Monument. They are all built with marble, a stone that has become synonymous with enduring quality, tradition, and prestige.
 
The word ‘marble' most likely comes from the Greek word ‘marmaron', which means ‘shining stone'. It results from the metamorphosing of sedimentary carbonite rocks – usually limestone or dolomite. The result is an interlocking mosaic of carbonite crystals, made distinctive by unique swirls. Those are the results of impurities in the rock – clay, silt, sand and iron oxides.
 
Marble is mined all over the world. Famous types include Carrara marble from Italy (white or blue grey), green Connemara from Ireland, and stone from the states of Georgia and Vermont. It has been a popular stone with sculptors – it is resistant to shattering and exudes a soft, waxy, deep look in light. And it has become popular in home construction.
 
Pros and Cons of Using Marble in Your home
 
Benefits of marble:
  • It can significantly increase a home's resale value. It exudes ‘quality'.
  • Every piece of marble is unique. There is a fascination with its swirls and varied designs and colours.
  • Marble is highly durable and resilient.
  • It is also non-allergenic and, coupled with this, it's bacteria-resistant, which is an advantage when used as a kitchen countertop.
  • Marble flooring is cool and can be very comfortable in the hot months.
  • It is easily polished.
Drawbacks:
  • Marble can scratch; if used for counters, cutting boards are needed.
  • The flipside of the uniqueness of the individual stone is that it is also difficult to match tiles.
  • Marble can scorch if hot items are placed directly on it. Furthermore, drinks can leave rings and spills can stain or etch marble's surface.
  • Marble requires routine resealing; if uncoated it stains easily.
  • As with most stone, it is not advisable for the do-it-yourself renovator to install.
  • Polished marble can be slippery as a floor surface, especially in areas such as washrooms where there is moisture and water spillage; however, the surface can be honed to make it less slippery.
Buy local – and From A Specialist
 
Marble is a unique stone and its installation is a specialized task. If you decide on marble, then you should seek out a dealer who specializes in the stone. It is an upgrade finish for your home, so find a dealer who has obvious pride in the product, rather than one for whom marble – or other stone – is just another finish among many being sold. You can recognize and encourage that professionalism by studying the kinds of marble available; vendors always appreciate an informed purchaser and a specialist will leap at the chance to help you find the ideal stone for your home.
 
You don't have to live in a palace to give off an aura of grandeur; marble will do the work nicely. The added expense will repay you with its enduring beauty – many times over.