Marble is a metamorphic stone that forms when limestone is subjected to heat and pressure. It is composed primarily of calcite, as well as other minerals including micas, quartz, pyrite, iron oxides and graphite.
Some types of marble are very solid in coloring while others have more prominent veining and movement (patterns and color variations).
Marble with a polished finish has a shiny, glossy surface. This finish is achieved through a grinding and buffing process. It really brings out the individual details (ex. veining) of the slab. Polished marble is the least porous of the finishes. This means it is the most resistant to staining. However, it is the most susceptible to etching by acids (ex. household cleaners).
Honed (a.k.a. matte)
Marble with a honed finish has a smooth, almost soft texture. This finish is achieved through a sanding process. It mutes the color slightly while creating a satiny look. Honed marble doesn’t show scratches and etching as easily as a polished finish; however, the honing process opens the pores of the marble making it more susceptible to staining.
A leathered finish usually has a soft sheen to it. It hides fingerprints, water spots and smudges well.
Marble is an all-natural material and a great way to bring natural elements into your home.
Since marble is a natural product, no two slabs are the same, which guarantees a one-of-a-kind look.
Marble is heat resistant and works well as a fireplace hearth.
Marble is naturally cool to the touch.