Toronto Marble - Quarries within Canada

Toronto MarbleFor hundreds of years, natural marble has been used in the design and construction of sculptures, statues and monuments, palaces and temples, homes and architectural features. Marble can be used in a variety of different ways. For example, marble has been known to help create:
  • Floors
  • Decorative and support columns
  • Fireplaces
  • Kitchen and washroom countertops
  • Vanities, especially in washrooms
As with most things from nature, marble, despite its advantages, has some disadvantages as well. In areas where marble stone falls short, cultured marble is able to follow through. Some designers and homeowners opt for cultured marble over natural marble, as it has some benefits that natural marble lacks.
What is Marble?
To those involved in the stone manufacturing industry, it is known that marble originates from metamorphic rocks. But for the majority of the public, many have never even heard of the term. A metamorphic rock describes a type of stone in which its structure is transformed over time, mainly because of exposure to elements like heat and pressure. In the case of marble, limestone often acts as the basis for the transformation to take place. When subjected to enough heat, and pressure from with the Earth's surface, limestone will transform, or rather, re-crystallize into marble stone.
Marble quarries can be found internationally in areas like:
  • Canada
  • India
  • United States
  • Areas of Great Britain and elsewhere in Europe
Canada is well known for its marble quarry rich land. For example, several Toronto marble manufacturers, and other Canadian marble manufacturers, have quarries throughout the country, including these provinces and territories:
  • Alberta
  • British Columbia, particularly Vancouver Island
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Northwest Territories
  • Yukon Territory
  • Nunavut
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Quebec
  • Saskatchewan
Mining and manufacturing marble takes a great deal of skill. Since marble is a porous stone, it is susceptible to chipping or even completely shattering. Impurities within marble slabs influence their appearance and structural strength, as well as its resistance to breaking and staining. Professional marble manufacturers will take great care when cutting the piece. Quarry miners will employ the proper techniques to extract the stone to avoid jeopardizing the quality of the stone, or totally damaging deposits.
Within the home, marble pieces like countertops are prone to scratching, chipping, and staining, including burn marks since marble does not handle exposure to heat well. Marble pieces require care and attention to maintain it. Because of these side effects, natural stone marble is better suited as flooring or bathroom vanities, as opposed to kitchen countertops or fireplaces.
What is Cultured Marble
In the simplest terms, cultured marble is a type of man-made marble, using a combination of fiberglass resin and crushed limestone. More specifically, it consists of cast polymers which describe a solution of unsaturated polyester resin and very fine inorganic particles and pigments. With cultured marble, the inorganic particles are artificially made calcium carbonates.
When manufactured, cultured marble is coated while still in its mold, with either a clear or coloured finish. This coat makes cultured marble highly resistant to water and scratching or chipping. A skilled installer will ensure that there are minimal seams, and will use a mildew resistant 100 per cent silicone, making the cultured marble piece more durable in terms of water and leak resistance, and any other damages.