Best Uses for Marble

In terms of home decorating elegance, few materials come to mind more often than marble. This stone offers a veined appearance that provides the perception of movement and while the veining in marble is subtle, in today’s construction industry it indicates a modicum of taste for having only the best.

While granite has taken over as the main material used for kitchen countertops, marble takes a backseat to no other material for those wanting to provide the appearance of individuality. There are no two sections of marble that will be exactly the same so no matter where it is used; it will provide a unique appearance. The various colors in which marble is available provide good choices for home and office decorating.

Unlike granite, marble is considered a soft stone. It is a porous material and it can become stained or damaged, but luckily marble countertops can easily be repaired and restored. Lesser-used spaces such as vanity tops in bathrooms are more suited to the use of marble, but again the potential for staining is present.

Sealing marble can be an effort in futility due to its porous natures. When marble is processed and smoothed in the factory it is sealed, but the protection will not survive much use. Marble used in certain areas can benefit from frequent resealing methods to prevent it from becoming stained. Marble is comprised of calcium carbonate and is susceptible to etching by acid in many household cleaning chemicals and even in some foods.

Marble is usually the material of choice for floor and wall tiles, especially in areas where sanitation is a concern, such as in hospitals or medical clinics. Steam heat has little effect on marble and it is known as a resilient and durable stone that can withstand heavy traffic, which also makes it ideal for entry ways in homes and offices. It not only stands up to the pressure of high traffic and is easy to maintain, it presents a pleasing look as well.

Marble has been in use as walkways and flooring since ancient times as well as in the halls and walkways of the buildings that housed Roman and Greek leaders. Regardless of the temperature, marble floors seem to always feel cooler to the touch making them more comfortable to walk on and it is used more often in areas of high heat or humidity.

Due to its relative softness, marble can be cut and shaped easily and is often used in areas where contour shapes are required and it is extensively used by sculptors and even as headstones for grave markers. Marble is also an ideal material for outdoor tables as well as for decorative tops for indoor tables as well.

Some of the best uses for marble include areas surrounding a fireplace and areas in the kitchen that do not provide contact with chemicals or acidic foods. Shower panels and bathroom floors are common areas in which marble is used as well as in areas surrounding hot tubs in an outdoor setting.

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