Marble is a soft material when compared with granite and natural stone, however specialist machinery is required to fabricator and process marble.

How is Marble & Granite processed?

1. The Marble or Granite used in Fireplaces is usually imported in pree-polished sheets which are quarried and extracted from low-cost countries. 2. The initial process starts from the extraction of a natural quarried block of stone 3. The block is then shaped and cut using a wire saw machine (also referred to as a gang saw) 4. Marble and granite sheets are then polished either by hand or by industrial diamond tipped automated polishers 5. Slabs of marble and granite and then exported all around the world and used the fabrication of Fireplaces and other items At Creative Fireplaces, we manufacture all our marble fireplace surrounds to order from large sheets of marble or granite. By purchasing direct from the quarry we are able to cut out the middleman and pass on the cost savings to our customers. On average, we are 70% cheaper than high Street alternatives, and are able to provide affordable modifications (frequently at no charge).

Are there different qualities of marble or granite?

Both Marble and Granite is suitable for use in fireplaces. Prices will vary depending on the country of origin and the scarcity of the material, however quality differentials remain arguable. Hence more expensive marble or granite may technically not be high-quality than cheaper alternatives, and you are essentially paying an additional premium for the colour and look. Quarries will charge higher amounts for aesthetically pleasing marble and granite, and this in turn increases the price charged to the end consumer.