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Marble Kitchen Countertops

Marble countertop

Marble is a metamorphic rock, formed when limestone is subjected to extremely high pressures and temperatures within the earth's crust. These forces change the texture and composition of limestone to create large grains of calcite, a process called recrystallization. In its natural form, marble is completely white. This is the rarest and most valued variety of marble, and is often used for sculptures and statues. Most marble has veining mineral deposits throughout, resulting in such shades as cream, beige, gray, and rich reds, greens, and even jet blacks.

Because of its elegant, naturally random appearance, engineering characteristics, and ease of maintenance, marble is an exquisite choice for bathroom vanity tops, tabletops, wall claddings, and wainscot. Many marbles are impervious to moisture and suitable for wet environments, extending the versatility of this stone to include tub decks and showers.

Marble and is vulnerable to attack by mild acids, including those commonly found in kitchen and bar settings. Also, compared to granite, marble is a much a softer stone. It shouldn't be cut on, because it will scratch easily. It's not as soft as soapstone, however.