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Add Elegance to Your Kitchen or Bathroom with Marble Countertops

The ancient Greeks and Romans were obsessed with marble, adding it to every building and surface they could find. At Sal's Marble & Granite in Jacksonville, Florida, we understand the attraction. Marble is a beautiful, smooth stone that comes in various colors and shades. While not scratch-resistant, marble tile is still very popular for kitchen, bathroom, and dining room flooring. Marble slabs are also very popular for countertops, despite its susceptibility to scratches and stains. With the right care, your marble surfaces can continue to provide beauty and elegance to any room for years to come.

Large Black Marble Countertop

All About Marble

Marble is formed when limestone is subjected to a great deal of heat and pressure over time. Primarily composed of calcite, marble often contains other minerals as well, including micas, quartz, pyrite, iron oxides, and graphite. It is usually a light-colored rock, but the presence of these other minerals affects the color, giving us blue, gray, pink, yellow, or black marble varieties. As the structure of marble is porous, it tends to stain and will yield to scratching and etching. Marble is known as a metamorphic rock because of the process by which it is made. Though this process isn't too different from how granite is formed, marble doesn't have the same hardness you'll find in granite or quartz stone.

This apparent weakness, however, hardly diminishes its appeal. Many feel the way marble ages is part of the attraction. While proper care, with occasional repairs and resealing, is necessary, marble is known to age gracefully, gaining character as the evidence of daily life is etched across its surface. Even with those small blemishes, marble countertops and floors retain a quiet, elegant style that has remained popular across centuries and continents.