How to Tell the Difference Between Dolomite and Marble
Which one do you reckon is more durable? dolomite or marble especially when it comes to using them in flooring, stairs, walls, vanities, and benchtops?
Normally Dolomite has prominent shades of grey and white that resemble marble in a way that they are sometimes mistaken for each other. Dolomite is a sedimentary rock made of limestone and lime that meets groundwater containing magnesium. It is not as hard as quartzite, but it will surpass marble in durability and, like marble, will require sealing. Marble, on the other hand, is found in white, light grey or cream colours which is different from granite in that granite has dark lines or streaks formed by mineral compositions. While marble is a strong material, it is a softer stone, making it prone to chipping and scratching. In addition to being smoother, marble is porous and more susceptible to staining.
Below is the list of properties that make them different. With maintenance and longevity with proper care, a dolomite countertop will provide a long, easy life, and will often outperform marble in the long run. Thanks to its high level of non-porosity, dolomite can generally resist liquids and acids better than marble over time.
However, this stone is not completely maintenance-free. Sealing is also required to maintain its original appearance. hardness and durability. Dolomite ranks higher than marble in terms of durability, largely due to its dense mineral composition. Dolomite, which is harder than most types of marble, tends to resist scratches and heat more easily. However, this stone does not equal the density and durability of quartzite and granite. In other words, it’s a good middle ground for kitchen and bathroom renovation projects when it comes to durability.
Affordability and Price
In general, dolomite tends to be more affordable than some desirable types of marble and other excellent stones, such as quartzite and granite. But remember: the price will vary depending on the specific use and the variety of stones you choose. Colour Scheme Very much in keeping with creating a sophisticated interior, dolomite is usually grey, white, and/or tan. For homeowners who crave the majestic look of marble, dolomite delivers, with the great advantage of being less brittle and more durable, all at a lower price overall.
This is another area where Dolomites are a great choice. In most cases, dolomite is more expensive than marble, quartzite, and in some cases granite. Dolomite costs will vary by supplier, but you can expect them to generally range between quartzite and marble costs. If you’re looking for a white or grey worktop, we can help you narrow down your options. Marble offers a dazzling look but is a fragile option. quartzite offers excellent options for durability and lower maintenance Dolomites offer a great look at a more affordable price, but they still require attention.
How can I tell the difference between marble and dolomite? Dolomite has a more “stone grey” appearance than that of clean white marble, often featuring softly moving pastel colours such as blue, pink, brown, and even green. The Dolomite colour selection features a greater variety of marbles, with options ranging from white stones like the popular Calacatta or Carrara marble to the Fantasy Brown. A quick way to identify marble is that “leafy white” colour that is unique to any other natural stone. Marble can also be easily scratched by metal, or a sharp object.
Dolomite countertops will outperform marble and last longer. These stones can last for decades if properly cared for. Although dolomite is more prone to chipping and cracking than granite, it likely isn’t as wear resistant.
Stain Resistance: Dolomite is less absorbent of liquid and sensitive to acids than marble, however, it still requires yearly sealing and acids are prohibited will etching if exposed to it. When you choose dolomite, you can feel much safer than marble, but maintenance is still needed and must be taken care of.
Heat Resistant: This is where dolomite worktops shine over quartzite: heat resistance is their greatest strength. Quartzite countertops are more resistant to scratches and stains than dolomite, but quartzite does not tolerate heat or sunlight. A hot pan over quartzite leaves scars that will last a lifetime, but dolomite can and will retain heat well, so you don’t have to worry
Selecting a stone surface for a kitchen, bathroom, or any space in your home or commercial setting can be overwhelming because of the different stones available and, for each, an expansive range of patterns such as:
Many are interested in the marble appearance, and Dolomite can be an appealing alternative if you’d like a little bit more peace of mind in terms of staining and etching, and you’re looking for a marble appeal without the price tag. We don’t consider Dolomite a stand-in for marble—not at all. These two different stones are beautiful and functional. However, understanding the differences will help you make an informed decision when the time comes to narrow down stone surface options.
We encourage you to ask about Dolomite—find out how it can work in your space. Tour our showroom so you can see the difference and let the stone speak to you. We’re here to help.