Marble slabs are made of stone blocks up to several cubic meters, a typical commercial size 1.5h2.5h1 m (height, length, width). Often the blocks get smaller. Then, in factories, these blocks are being cut to length on the plate, usually a thickness of 2 or 3 cmOne side is polished slabs, polished, chemically processed. This plate is called a slab (born slab, literally - a plate, a plate) and a commercial product, semi-finished stone workshops that make orders for a particular client.
Marble is durable, strong, resistant to temperature and humidity. But for all its strength it is soft, absorbent material. As is known, marbles - is sedimentary carbonate rocks, so different are not resistant to acid, food dyes, thermal shock.Surface of the marble slabs should be protected from thermal effects - a cup of hot tea or coffee table top can be fatal.
For kitchen countertops granite preferable because marble because of its porosity, it is easy to absorb different liquids.Make marble steps or flooring can be, but try to eliminate the possibility of contact with the surface of abrasive particles, such as sand - they scratched the stone.