Marble is perfect for creating countertops, flooring, fire hearths and tiling, thanks to its natural beauty and durability.
About This Material
What is Marble?
Marble is a hard, crystalline type of limestone rock, generally found in white with grey lines, streaks or mottled patches throughout. It varies in colour from region to region depending on the minerals present in its formation, leading to pink, cream, red, black and green variations in colour.
Marble for Worktops:
Whilst there are newer, more sustainable kitchen worktops available than marble worktops that are harder-wearing on the market these days, nothing has ever really come close to beating the beauty and glamour of natural marble worktops when used in kitchens, bathrooms, flooring projects, wall tiles and exterior cladding.
The limitless appeal of this natural stone has kept it at the forefront of the construction world throughout the ages and despite its relative scarcity, it remains one of the materials of choice for bathroom countertops and kitchen worktops today.
We stock and source a wide range of marble slabs and our team of professional fabricators are experts at creating a beautiful finish and perfect fit when supplying and installing new worktops into kitchens and bathrooms.
Why is it So Popular?
Marble is one of the most hard-wearing materials available for surface construction. It’s a natural stone that has been used for centuries because of its durability and beauty.
Its’ natural beauty is what is is mainly heralded for, although this is combined with its durability to emphasise the usefulness of this natural allure. When made into slabs for use in surface construction, where fabricators like ourselves would come into contact with it, it has a host of benefits but the primary driver is beauty.
When you think of all the surfaces in your home or public building, there is nowhere that cannot be enhanced by the presence of natural marble slabs. Not only does it look great but it is hard wearing, so it is ideal for use on floors, walls and countertops around the home, where you want something that goes beyond the purely decorative and is able to withstand the rigours of daily use.
How is Marble Formed?
The metamorphic process that limestone undergoes to form marble takes place over 1000s of years. What happens is the stone comes into contact with the Earth’s Magma, a boiling hot liquid or in some cases semi-liquid. You’ve probably seen the effects of Magma reacting with water as lava flows from volcanoes and meets the sea. It is a very striking visual and the subject of many a nature documentary, for good reason – it’s a great example of nature’s power. The metamorphic process is similar in its reaction, except it happens beneath your feet, so you don’t get the same sense of violent reaction. As the Magma meets the limestone (or dolostone), it creates this metamorphic reaction that over a long period of time between contact and cooling or calcification, the original stone and any deposits within it become marble.
How Does it Get its Colour?
The impurities in the rock will vary from one location to the next. Very pure marble is white, less purity in the stone produces the different colours you see in marble colours around the world. The characteristic streaks and swirls in marble are a result of different minerals such as clay, sand, silt or iron oxides within the rock that bind together and settle in between layers of the purer limestone. Cream or beige marble is the result of heavier clay levels in the original rock formation, whereas green would tend to indicate a higher presence of serpentine. Red and pink marble are heavier in ramite than others and so on. There is a whole spectrum of colours and they are both a result of mineral purity or impurity as described above, but also a lot of other factors including:
Heat: As the rock is continuously heated at very high temperatures over a long period of time, the heat can alter the mineral structure to produce unique results in colouration, even in the same quarry.
Pressure: As pressure is not uniform underground due to movement and other factors, the resulting alteration throughout metamorphosis produces variations in colour (and other factors such as pattern).
Time: Depending on how long the metamorphosis takes, it can produce varying results as all the different minerals respond and alter until they reach a point of settling.
Where Does Marble Come From?
Marble slabs are created from blocks of marble that are dug from quarries in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia predominantly as these parts of the world have the highest density of premium grade stone. The marble in these quarries (see Levantina as an example of sustainable mining) is mined into blocks which are then transported around the world for processing into slabs where they are honed or polished into sheets of material around 3m x 2m usually, then transported to fabricators like ourselves for use as marble worktops, fire hearths, bathroom vanities and flooring & wall tiles.
What Types of Finish are There?
Our worktops, fire hearths, vanities & splash-backs are available in the following beautiful finishes:
Polished: Strong, glossy colours. The natural veins and structure are brought to the fore.
Sensato: a softer, more rustic finish that creates a more subtle, understated look with a tactile feel.
Letano: a softly brushed, rolling surface accentuating the stone’s natural colours that is also tactile.