Marble is a metamorphic rock composed
of recrystallized limestone or carbonate minerals, such as calcite and
dolomite. When these rocks are exposed to extreme temperature and
pressure, the recrystallization process forces each molecule closer
together and forms an interlocking carbonate crystal structure. The hidden
impurities (such as sand, silt, clay, magnesia, silica or iron oxides) in
the original limestone are actually what give marble its exquisite array
of colors as well as its characteristic swirls and veins.
Marble is an elegant choice for flooring, wall tiles, bathroom vanities,
showers and tub decks, countertops and many more surfaces. Marble is a
softer and more porous surface than granite or quartz so it can wear
slightly. Part of marble?s charm is its changing luster as it ages, though
it can always be re-polished restored to its original shine. Marble
typically requires sealant every year as well.