Marble is generally stereotyped as a brittle stone. This is true
of some but not all of these stone tiles. Veins in the marble
will affect its density, the more veins the more chance of
breaking during installation.
Marble is used for many
applications: inside, outside, shower walls and floors,& vanity
tops. Some of these tiles require more effort and emphasis on
sealing and resealing, but if kept up with, marbles will stand
the test of time as well as most other stones.
Marbles come in a variety of colors and patterns. Most marbles
come polished (shiny) but can be 'acid washed' to strip the
stone of its shine. This is commonly used in tub surround and
shower applications to hide the water spots.
A shiny marble in
the shower will appear to have more film on it than a honed
marble. High traffic areas will often be installed using a matte
finished marble to hide scratching and scuffing.
installed using a polished stone will appear dull in its traffic
area over time much like carpet will mat in those high traffic