In this section we are going to post many of the common marbles and some uncommon stones that we see in Pittsburgh homes. We will talk about the pros and cons of each stone, and maintenance issues or ease of maintenance, that each type of stone has.

Stone identification is not as easy as it sounds. Why? Because geological information and what stones are sold as can be two very different things. Many stones are sold as a marble when in fact they are geologically a limestone.

There are over eight thousand types of marble on the market today, and the number continues to grow. It would be impossible to list every available type, but there are some common characteristics that make it fairly easy to identify. Many of these stone polish in different ways so it is important for us know to know about them. Its also good for the homeowner to have some knowledge because you don’t want to end up a difficult stone. For example some black marbles coming out of china, only polish with lead. It is against the law in the United States so we have to use other methods that may or may not work. But do you really what a stone that’s been polished with lead in your home? I’m not convinced its a good idea.