Marble is an elegant addition to any home. From its timeless appearance to natural intricacies, this natural stone is an elegant addition to any home. Surface renovations benefit from the alluring appearance of marble, while even improving the overall resale value of the home or commercial property.
Nonetheless, have you ever wondered how marble flooring is made? Let’s explore the process:
A Result of Heat and Pressure
The earth’s core is constantly moving - unnoticable to the naked eye the pace of movement is miniscule. Marble is formed from limestone, or calcite and dolomite, deep within the earth’s crust. When limestone is exposed to excessive heat and pressure, it goes through what is known as recrystallization, creating a mosaic of several different rocks (and colors). During this process, the makeup and texture of limestone is changed so drastically it is transformed into marble.
How Colors are Formed
The marble forms into ornate white, sandstone, green, and even veined blue hues - all through a natural process. White marble is the result of pure limestone going through such a metamorphosis, while green marble occurs as the result of serpentine and a high magnesium limestone or dolostone composite. And, no two marble tiles have the same pattern - each marble tile is unique.
From Quarry to Manufacturer
Marble is extracted in large chunks from quarries. Once it is “harvested” marble is transported to mills where it is sawed and cut. Marble slabs are engineered into anything from square 12 by 12” tiles, to larger rectangular slabs, and even long finishing pieces. Each piece of marble and tile is inspected for imperfections and “faults” before being sold at the consumer level.
The mill workers then check for cracks or faults which are filled by pigmented resins. After that process the marble is then finished and sealed then sent to various retail stores arond the nation (and world).
Marble is a gorgeous tile option that has been used in buildings since the Ancient Greece. If you are looking for a decorative tile that is strong enough to last for decades, consider purchasing marble tiles for your home, commercial space, or office.