What is marble?
Geologically, marble is a metamorphic rock consisting of fine coarse-grained recrystallized calcite and or dolomite. Commercially, the term marble is used to describe any crystallized carbonated rock including true marble and certain limestone types that are capable of being polished. Travertine while not a true marble is usually included in the commercial definition.
A true marble of pure calcite or dolomite would be white. Marbles are coloured because of the impurities found in them. Some impurities one would find in marble are: iron oxide carbonaceous minerals, mica, chlorite and silicate.
Generally the flexural, compressive strength and abrasion resistance in marble are lower than those found in granite. Marble is a porous material, as it was not formed by heat. Thus marble is not an ideal material for kitchen work surfaces.
Advantages of marble:
- Marble available in all shapes to satisfy any preference
- Marble is a hard making durable for longer a period
- Marble is easy to maintain
- Polishing marble will not fade the colour
- Marble is hypoallergenic, allergen, water and bacteria resistant
- Adds value to your home
Marble is most commonly used for its beauty in architecture, sculpture and interior designs. The resistance marble has to abrasion, which is a function of cohesion between grains as well as the hardness of the component minerals, makes it a viable option for floor and staircases. Additionally, marble is used for table counters and novelties. However, it is also known to be used for its chemical properties in pharmaceuticals and agriculture.
When using marble for exterior purposes it is important to note, the marble should be uniform and non-porous to prevent the entrance of water which may discolour the stone or cause disintegration by freezing.
The installation Process:
We manufacturer and install all our own products. The process is very simple, but may be time consuming, especially for tiling when time is needed to allow for drying.
1. Measure the area you would like to place marble (Bathroom, Kitchen countertops, floors, etc.).
2. Choose the marble colour you would like to use.
3. Cut the marble according to size.
4. Remove your old countertops or flooring.
5. For flooring, level the flooring.
6. For countertops, check the marble that it fits before gluing. Start the flooring section by section, allow time for the marble to dry properly.
7. For countertops, add backlashing. Add grouting for flooring.
8. For countertops, glue in place.
9. Clean the newly installed marble.