When it comes to house renovation, the use of marble is getting increasingly demanded when the quality of life is getting higher. The distinct quality of marble has already entered the market of house renovation, this might cause most of the people to get confused and worry about whether the marble that they are going to buy is real or fake, and also not sure if they will get high quality or inferior quality. Therefore, people need to know how to choose good quality marble when it comes to house renovation.

From the wide range of options of marble in the market, how do you know which type of marble is right to choose when you come to house renovation?

Flodeal is here to share with you 6 proven tricks on how to choose good quality marble. Flodeal continually delivers quality natural stones to our global importers to help our clients achieve their goals within budget, whilst providing quality products complying with industry standards.

Observe The Color Tone of The Marble

First, you need to observe the color tone of the marble. A good color tone marble is the same or just has a minor difference. Besides that, the chromatic aberration of the marble should be less. You need to see the pattern of the marble and the design of the marble to see the attractiveness. Therefore, a good marble will have these three basic elements:

  •           Has the same color tone
  •           Will be Less chromatic aberration
  •          Will have an Attractive pattern and design
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See the Gloss on the Marble

To check the quality of the marble is to observe the gloss of the marble. The polished surface of the quality marble should shine like a mirror to reflect the object.  

Imagine what will happen when the mirror has a crack? Your reflection is going to be affected, and you can see double yourself. The more the cracks on the mirror mean no more reflection.

This means that the light goes in and comes out in the mirror from many angles. The reflection gets lost when there are scratches on the surface. So you need to choose by seeing the gloss of the marble. In the same way, this concept happens from a microscopic point of view.

Testing the marble by using the ink

Pour a few drops of some ink on the marble stone, observe whether the ink penetrates the stone. If the ink gets penetrated, it proves that the structure of marble is loosened. This experiment will let you know whether the marble is waterproofed or not 

Please note that every marble that is placed in a wet environment such as toilet and kitchen should undergo a waterproofed and oil proof test. Or else, the water and oil will get penetrated by the natural marble that will cause the surface of the marble to discolor and water spotted.

Testing the marble with diluted hydrochloric acid

If you want to test the natural marble stone and man-made marble you can test the marble with diluted hydrochloric acid. 

Natural marble will have a foaming effect when tested with dilute hydrochloric acid. 

On the other hand, man-made marble stones will have little or no foaming effect when tested with dilute hydrochloric acid. 

The acid test can help you differentiate marble from different stone types. This is because natural marble stone and man-made marble can sometimes be confused with one another as they look similar. This is important because sometimes man-made marble is incorrectly labeled as natural marble stone.

Testing the Hardness of The Marble

It is important to test the hardness of the marble, this will ensure that damage doesn’t occur. To test the hardness by knocking the natural marble stone by the coin. If the sound is coming clear and melodious means that the marble is hard and rigid, this also shows that the density of the inner structure of the marble is very high and if the sound is dull means that the density of the inner structure of the marble is low.

Conclusion

Hope these tests help you to choose the quality of marble 

Above are the basic tests and if you want to check the material quality, there are certain laboratory tests like water absorption, dimensions, Mohs scale hardness, chemical resistance, specific gravity, porosity, modulus rapture, frost resistance, thermal shock, etc. 

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