Marble lays among the oldest part of the Earth’s crust. It’s often in regions of metamorphic rocks interbedded with mica schists and gneisses, or adjacent to bodies of intrusive igneous rocks. One of the more well know places to find marble is Carrara, Italy were Michelangelo and many other sculptors found beautiful marble for their statues. It’s also found in Scotland, Tuscany, Tincino, Spain, and in the western Alps. There is also quite a bit of marble in the USA – Georgia, Vermont, Maryland, and Tennessee.
What Is a Marble Countertop Made Of?
Marble is a rock resulting from metamorphism of sedimentarycarbonate 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.
Marble can light up a room. It has a way of reflecting and amplifying light. It’s elegant, cool, bright and lovely to work on. It’s easy to clean too. The lighter colors are extremely desirable but there are risks. Etching, scratches and staining are very possible so careful consideration is advised.
Prepare the surface by removing all dirt, grime, grease, waxes and stains with a commercial stone cleaner so that you don’t force them deeper into the surface when polishing the marble. The following article from HowToCleanThings.comoffers simple and easy-to-follow tips on how to clean marble in your home. Make sure you know how to properly clean and polish marble so you can keep your marble beautiful and long-lasting.
We have 2 stocked marble colors of which are categorized in price groups 1 to 9. Our stocked marble is sold by the square foot and can be seen as a full slab in our professional show room at 12800 Shawnee mission Parkway in Shawnee, Kansas.
If we don’t have the material color that you are looking for… it’s likely we can get it. We call it “Hand Select”.
“Hand Selects” are usually specially ordered and sold by the full slab.
Stocked Marble (Natural Stone)
Group Three Marble Brushed [B]
Fantasy Brown [B]
Group Four Marble (none at this time)
Group Five Marble (none at this time)
Group Seven Marble (none at this time)
Hand Select Granite (Natural Stone)
Special Orders or Discontinued Colors Honed [H] Brushed [B]
Montclair White Danby [H]
Edge Profiles (Marble Countertops)
Advantages of Marble Countertops
Products made from marble will not depreciate with time and will continuously add value to any property where they are installed. Marble is available in a range of colors, including white, black, gray, pink, blue and green, so it provides a great deal of design flexibility. It has attractive veining and swirls that give each piece a unique look. Marble is also smooth and glossy. It reflects light for a brightening effect in your kitchen or bath. It’s elegant and luxurious.
Marble Adds Value to Your Property: 95 (A)
Marble Color Options & Consistency: 70 (C)
Marble is Affordable: 80 (B-)
Marble Ease of Maintenance: 65 (D)
Marble is Durable: 70 (C)
Marble is Resistant to Heat: 75 (C)
Marble is Resistant to Staining: 65 (D)
Marble Can Be Repaired: 75 (C)
Contact SCI – Marble Countertop Fabricators Kansas City
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Lazurite a beautiful blue mineral, which is the main ingredient of ultramarine pigment only occurs in marble. The marble used by Michelangelo is so pure white that it is translucent, meaning that light filters into the surface a short way, and that it can make his statues appear almost human.
Marble is primarily white but can come in other colors as well.
Back in ancient times, you could easily tell where a piece of marble came from by looking at its color.
Marble has been used to make statues and provide flooring since ancient times.
Plaster fresco has been used as a marble replacement when marble is too expensive to use.
The Taj Mahal in India is made entirely of marble.
Marble is a type of metamorphic rock.
Marble usually originates as limestone or dolomite.
Calcite, dolomite crystals, and aragonite are the key components of marble.
Impurities are what gives marble its color.
Marble is typically found among other metamorphic rock such as gneiss and mica schist.
Marble usually lays among the oldest part of the Earth’s crust.
Pure white marble is the result of metamorphism of a very pure (silicate-poor) limestone or dolomite protolith. The 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.