How to Select and Buy Marble

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Marble is a metamorphic stone, it’s formed when limestone is exposed to high temperatures and pressures. Marble has more aesthetic than granite, veins add more to marble aesthetic value.
Select marble tiles and slab isn’t an easy mission, especially with the variety of choices in the market. Marble is a natural material extracted from mountains, each area in the mountain is different. It’s hard to compare marble types, because its similar in appearance but different in strength, water absorption and other properties we will discuss later in this article. For non expert who will get information from market, the flow of advice, maybe even conflicting advice, will make marble select process harder. Through this article we will go through marble properties and advice in FAQ style, try to read this article in full to get a well understanding of the process. 

Marble tile's type collection and Palstone showroom (Hamdan), Gaza 2017
Marble tile’s type collection and Palstone showroom (Hamdan), Gaza 2017


What is the difference between marble and granite?

Granite is an igneous stone, it’s volcanic in origin and were formed by the rapid cooling and hardening of the lava flows, its rigid not affected by natural factors. 
Marble is a metamorphic stone, it’s formed when limestone is exposed to high temperatures and pressures. Marble has more aesthetic than granite, veins add more to marble aesthetic value. 

What is marble strength? 

Strength stone is important, because it will resist natural factors and direct forces, In general I consider marble as female material, it’s beautiful and easy to damage. As the same marble type and location can differ in strength, due to the compaction conditions in natural. Deep in the mountains, marble has more strength because it applied to more pressure than marble at the top of the mountain. Usually when marble has more strength it’s more solid and has fewer pores.

Does water effects marble?

Yes, since marble is metamorphic rocks, it has pores that allow water to penetration in marble. Water will change marble color and this possible to crumbling it through time. Marble is strongly affected by acids, some stones are more likely to be damaged by acidic deposition than others. However, some people use acid to engrave and decorate marble.
Notice that we prefer to have low marble absorption value. Despite that adsorption ratio is an advantage to increase bonding mortar to marble.

What is marble veins?

Marble veins add to marble beauty, especially those long continues veins. During select marble process, arrange several marbles tiles together and watch the veins continuity and how it connects together. However veins not always an advantage, according to variety of soil types like sand or mud that mixed with marble stones and appear as veins and particles in marble. Other veins are from mineral like metal, silver, gold or copper, and some times from tree roots. Some of these materials have higher strength while others have lower strength than marble.  

What are the types of marble veins?

According to types of soil, minerals and roots inside marbles. In general if the vein split the marble for two halves, it’s more dangerous than small veins appear at the marble surface.
Mud veins are weak, It’s in brown color, and can be affected by natural factors easiest because it has higher absorption ratio, due to its weaker than marble, the tile could break or crumbling from the mud veins. Sand veins, is weak but has a high aesthetic value. It appears as crystal, allows light to pass through marble, this opening a wide door for creating creative decoration. Gold and silver could appear as veins or particle and since they have high strengths and shiny appearance that we all like to find.

How to know marble weak vein?

Marble weak vein will erode easily, then put light source perpendicular to marble surface, then you can see weak veins edges. And for internal and hidden weak veins, pour water on marble surface. When water dry, weak veins takes longer time to dry, then you can notice wet veins clearly. Weak vien

Is there a solution for marble weak veins?

Sure, marble adhesive is a solution, there are transparent base adhesive, and white base adhesive that could color as marble. By eye, you could notice the weak veins treated with marble adhesive, where polishing surface along the vein doesn’t fit the rest of marble surface. Sun and high temperature affected marble adhesive, it will crack, be careful especially for outdoors applications. Weak vien

Which is better clear marble or with veins?

It’s about personal taste, when you select marble. if you like modern designs then without veins, veins have classic appearance. Generally, veins are nice but weak.

To what extent I could accept color change in marble?

Marble is natural materials, only by luck you could find two similar tiles, well to be honest similar texture tiles doesn’t look nice. Variety of colors in marble is nice, even in ceramic and porcelain, they create several textures to look nice or it will look like copies. The overall appearance of marble has to be consistent, similar background color while veins could be various. Generally, the marble tiles have to appear as one slab, no odd tile.

What if the size of marble tiles doesn’t fit each other?

This is a normal problem, marble cut using saw method, where blade have thickness around 4 mm. Blade thickness reduced due to friction between blade and marble, this will give varieties around a millimeter in tiles. Craftsmen need to fill it with grout in a color similar to marble background.

These were some common known FAQs feel free if you have any questions!

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