Marble is a stone synonymous with elegance. The patterns and color spectrums: green, gray, white and black, Marble is known for, are simply unparalleled in any other stone. Marble is the stone of choice for bathrooms, fireplaces, and many floors.
Marble is a metamorphic rock. It starts life as a dolomite or limestone, then through heat and pressure, deep underground, is converted into the denser, beautifully patterned marble. Though, in the building industry, certain varieties of dolomite and serpentine are also considered marble. Due to its origins marble is a much denser stone than many options. As a result, it can be polished to a brighter shine than most other stones, bringing the full richness of its colors to bear. Marble also exhibits a slight translucence that gives a trademark glow to lighter varieties of the stone. Even darker specimens result in a truly stunning interplay of light.
For those looking for the most luxurious option available, marble offers a beautiful glossy finish over a naturally beautiful stone. Basic carrara marble can often be cheaper than granite, and the stone tends to be more durable than some. Marble has great heat resistance and stays naturally cool. While marble will require specific cleaners and occasional sealing, it will not react as unfavorably with acids as some stones. However, it is porous, and the possibility to stain a marble surface remains if one is not careful.
The common wisdom is that marble used in a working surface will etch and lose its shine over time. Polished surfaces can typically be restored with a home polishing treatment, or in worse cases, a professional. Honed marble can also be restored, but etching in honed marble is much less noticeable.