Marble tiles and marble slabs have been the pinnacle of elegance for centuries. It brings a sense of grandeur to any room and best of all it is incredibly hard-wearing.
Designers use marble in bathrooms, kitchens and other living spaces to create a strong statement that will last for a very long time. The exquisiteness of this natural beauty has stood the test of time. It has been used for thousands of years on buildings like the Parthenon, Pantheon and the Taj Mahal.
Did you know that marble is metamorphosed limestone?
When the limestone is exposed to high temperatures and pressure it recrystallizes into marble. Marble is normally found in the deeper layers of earth’s crust and embedded in it are many fossils. The outlines of these fossils can be seen in the marble structure.
The unique colors and intensity of forms are all dependant on the minerals that it contains. These minerals can produce milky white, green to black colored marble with attractive pale grey to gold veins.
Marble from the same quarry can vary in form making the slab a unique piece every time and because of this, matching the seams can be difficult. It is worthwhile visiting showrooms to compare the slabs on display.
It is important to note that most of the marble tiles on the market are quite porous therefore it is prone to scratches and stains. Appropriate chemical treatments need to be applied for use in a kitchen or bathroom and to maintain its natural color and hue. It’s also not as tough as granite and could chip on the edges if knocked.
Types of Marble
Marble can be found all over the world however the most popular are the following:
Is found in Carrara Italy, this marble is most commonly found in residential homes and sculptures.
It has a whitish grey appearance displaying soft subtle veins. Due to its popularity it is one of the most affordable on the market.
It is more exclusive than Carrara marble. It has more of a white translucency with bolder more distinctive grey veins as well as thinner patterns running through it.
You’ll be paying more for a slab that’s whiter and has lesser veins or if it displays a distinctive design.
Comes from a mountain range in Carrara, Italy. This is the most precious, most sought after and rarer out of the two above.
It has a bright white background and thicker bolder hues of grey or gold running through the veins. This marble is the pinnacle of elegance.
This Spanish marble is popular for kitchen backsplash, the stunning contrast of black with white veins creates a striking glamorous modern appearance.
Marble Tile and Marble Slab Prices
The price of marble can vary greatly between suppliers and the actual detailing of the slab.
For standard white Carrara mable slabs, the average price is $60/square foot.
For Statuario marble you might pay on average $80/square foot.
You’ll be paying top dollar Calcatta marble slabs costing on average $175/square foot.
The stunning Negro Maquina marble will cost on average $75/square foot.
The price for marble tiles is cheaper than buying slabs.
For high quality marble tiles you may pay on average $10/square foot.
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Marble tiles really are the pinnacle of elegance…