Marble is a wonderful sight to behold when you see it in a building. It is considered one of the ultimate natural stones to have in a building and implies an air of importance. This article will take a look at what is marble, how it is used in architecture, and then examine how to identify when it needs restoration and how to undertake that process.
What Is Marble?
Marble is originally derived from limestone. You may be confused given it does not resemble limestone in the slightest. That is because marble is formed when limestone is put under extreme pressure and heat, resulting in the exquisite natural stone.
Uses in Architecture
Marble is commonly seen in more traditional architecture due to its cost. It can often be found in government buildings or older heritage buildings. Marble is often used as a flooring surface, including stairs, but can also be seen in columns and counters. Marble can also be crushed and combined to form foundations in rail and road projects. Marble can also be seen in artistic features such as sculptures.
Marble comes in a variety of colours, all of which are bright and amazing to behold. These are various shades of greys, blacks, greens, whites, reds, and pinks. This would be determined by the location of the limestone and subsequent marble formation.
Why Use Marble?
Contradictory to what people think, marble is quite a cost-effective natural stone solution for countertops, especially when compared to other types of natural stone.
Marble is less likely to scratch, crack or break. It also stays cool so can withstand high amounts of heat.
Because of the ability for the marble to come in a variety of colours, it means that you can select from a range of colours when considering having it installed.
When it is properly installed and well taken care of, marble lasts. Marble can still be seen in ancient architecture today, although due to not always being cared for it is a little worn.
When Does Marble Need Restoring?
Opinion on when a marble surface needs maintenance varies. Marble should be cleaned daily to preserve its appearance and prevent larger issues at a later stage. In some places, it is recommended that a marble surface should be resealed every 3 – 6 months, but not doing this won’t cause your marble to crack or stain. However, it is recommended that a full restoration be done no less than every 5 years to ensure it is preserved for a lifetime.
When the shine fades from your marble it is a good indication that it is time to start considering a restorative process. Other indicators include staining, scratches, gouges and cracking. All of these can be rectified through the restoration process.
What Should I Do?
photo: Absolute Stone Care Melbourne
Call an expert! The time and care needed to properly restore a marble surface are great, but the rewards of having it done properly far outweigh the costs as it will ultimately extend the life and the period of enjoyment you have from your marble.
We have Marble and its uses, as well as the features and benefits. We have also taken a look at when marble should be restored. The bottom line is that your marble will last a lifetime as long as you care for it.