MARBLE
MARBLE
FEATURED: CALACATTA VAGLI



WHY CHOOSE MARBLE?

Marble is a wonderful stone to use in a kitchen since it has a very appealing look. The natural veining of marble and range of colors is very attractive. Marble does require a little more maintenance, and needs to be sealed often, but it can last a lifetime if maintained. Visit our LIVE INVENTORY to see all of the marble in stock or Book an appointment to visit our showroom, conveniently located between Greensboro and Winston-Salem, to browse our full slab inventory.

How durable is marble?  Marble is one of the softer natural stones, which makes it less than ideal for high-traffic spaces such as kitchens.  It offers a timeless, natural look; however, it is not scratch resistant and is quite porous, which makes it prone to staining and etching.  Marble has been used for building construction and art pieces for thousands of years, due to its beautiful, natural look.  Marble tends to be veiny in pattern.  Its beauty comes from its unique patterns and eye-catching array of colors.  Marble slabs are available in polished and honed finishes.

What is a “true marble” versus a “hard marble”?  Most types of marble are mined from Italy, Brazil, and India.  True marble tends to be so soft because it is made up largely of calcium carbonate.  It’s thanks to this calcium carbonate that so many household foods and products (such as vinegar, lemon juice, ketchup, and strong soaps) can cause a chemical reaction known as “etching.”  Hard marble is a sedimentary rock with properties that make it behave like a quartzite.  Not all hard marbles are the same, but most of them are more scratch-resistant than true marbles.  Buyers are often misled with the wrong information when searching for countertops.  At Marble Granite World, we’ll make sure you have all the right information to make the best decision for your next home project.

Where is marble used? Marble is a good choice for low-traffic, indoor areas!  Excellent uses for marble include bathroom vanity countertops, laundry room countertops, fireplace surrounds, staircases, thresholds, wall caps, shower seats, table tops, desktops, and more!  Certain marbles, such as Fantasy Brown and Fantasy Blue, are great choices for kitchen countertops.  These marble are actually harder and more durable than other marbles.

Once you’ve picked a marble color for your countertop or other project, the next step is to pick an edge profile!  We offer a solid selection of edge profiles to go along with the style you’re seeking.  Ask us which edge profiles we recommend!

STONE COMPARISON CHART

CARE & MAINTENANCE

Cleaning your marble, travertine, or onyx countertops after each use (or at least daily) is recommended. Use warm, soapy water or any ammonia-free and bleach-free cleaning solution to wipe up dirt, spills, or any other residue.  Feel free to also use any product specifically marketed as a marble cleaner or marble-safe product.  You can also ask us about our 3-in-1 “Cleaner, Protector, Polisher”, available for purchase!

Sealing
In order to help protect your marble, travertine, or onyx, a sealer solution applied (either the standard 1-year or upgraded 15-year option, depending on your selection) at the time of fabrication.  The sealer prevents liquid absorption and staining.  If you select the standard 1-year sealer, you must remember to re-seal the stone one year after our factory sealer was applied.  A properly applied sealer will cause water to bead up on the surface of the stone, rather than penetrate the stone.

Heat
Marble, travertine, and onyx are heat-resistant stones.  This gives you the ability to place hot pots directly on the surface. However, it is best practice to use a heat trivet as extra protection.  As with any product, marble and travertine are not indestructible.

Scratching
Marble, travertine, and onyx are very prone to scratching.  Avoid using sharp knives and other sharp objects directly on your countertops.  Also avoid dragging or rubbing coarse/sharp items across your countertop. When cutting/chopping, it is best practice to use a cutting board.  Expect that your natural marble or travertine countertops will show signs of wear and tear with time.

Staining & Etching
Marble, travertine, and onyx are very porous stones, thus susceptible to staining and etching.  Etching is when a very acidic or basic product erodes the minerals in the stone, thus creating a dull spot.  Sealer helps prevent liquid absorption, thus preventing staining; but it does not always prevent etching.  Thus, it is best practice to clean up liquid spills immediately, especially spills such as coffee, red wine, vinegar, lemon juice, or strong soaps and detergents.  If you begin to notice discoloration or watermarks on your marble, travertine, or onyx surface, please contact us as soon as possible.

Durability
Marble, onyx, and travertine can chip or break if impacted by a heavy object.  Do not stand on your countertop or bang items against it.  Use care when placing large or heavy objects on your countertops.

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Browse some of our most popular marble colors for countertops and other projects.  Remember that because marble is a natural stone, slabs may vary from the images you see online. No two slabs of natural stone are identical.

The colors listed below are just a few of the hundreds of marble colors available.  These colors are not guaranteed to be in-stock. 

Visit our LIVE INVENTORY page to browse our current inventory of marble slabs.