The Journal

Marble vs. Mineral Surfaces

Is it really possible to find an alternative? 

Have you begun your renovation journey and are dreaming of having Marble in your home? 

Marble is one of nature’s natural beauties and has been used for interior and exterior surfaces for thousands of years, but does it stand up to the demands of today’s modern living and how does it compare to mineral surfaces? 

Natural products

Marble, Granite or Stone – what’s the difference?

Natural marble is a high end product with a beautiful one of a kind finish, specific slabs offer a variety of colour and veining options. Depending on the finish, marble can be very expensive and also rare. It is a high maintenance product that is more porous and softer than mineral surfaces and can therefore stain easily. Care must be taken to clean up spills immediately and it is recommended that marble is sealed every 6 months. Because Marble is fragile there is a lot more care that needs to be taken by a stonemason when cutting and transporting, which in turn costs more for the fabricating and installation than Mineral Surfaces.

Granite on the other hand is a far more durable and resilient material.  Marble, granite and stone are generally supplied in 20mm thick slabs and can be built up at the edges to give a thicker bench top appearance. Suppliers can provide the material with a polished, honed, flamed or brushed finish depending on the look you are trying to achieve.

Calacatta Luxe
Mineral surfaces kitchen designed by
Three Birds Renovations

Mineral surfaces

Mineral solid surfaces – what is the Talostone® advantage?

Available in 12mm, 20mm & 30mm thick slabs, the range of engineered solid surfaces is vast and impressive. Made using a mix of ground stone/mineral and resin. Solid surfaces can look very realistic whilst having the added advantage of being a lot easier to maintain. Mineral surfacess offer a non-porous surface material that is stain, scratch, chemical and heat resistant. 

A more uniform and perfect finish can be achieved at a cost which is typically more affordable than natural marble. Advances in technology have allowed for the development of mineral surfaces that have veins and colouring that is very similar to natural marble, with often a more competitive price point. Due to the nature of the product, sinks and basins can be moulded out of the mineral surfaces for a seamless look.

Elba White
kitchen designed by

Three Birds Renovations

Carrara Gioia 12mm used on the walls and to create the basin

With our lives continuing to get busier and leaving us with less time to be precious about things, it’s great we have options to select from to make our lives easier. Mineral surfaces has been specifically designed for ease of maintenance, so if you have spilt some red wine and forgotten to wipe your bench down, no need to panic, it will simply wipe off. 


For extra stubborn stains Talostone® recommends their clean and care kit

Talostone® were the pioneers of Marble replication in mineral surfaces with all their colours being extensively researched before production commences. Each new style taking approximately one and half years from concept to completion. The research and development team stays abreast of international design trends to ensure all slab styles and colours are the cutting edge of tomorrow’s fashion.

A more uniform and perfect finish can be achieved at a cost which is typically more affordable than natural marble. Advances in technology have allowed for the development of mineral surfaces surfaces that have veins and colouring that is very similar to natural marble, with often a more competitive price point. Due to the nature of the product, sinks and basins can be moulded out of mineral surfaces for a seamless look.

Super White
bathroom designed by
The Builders Wife
Photography
The Palm Co.

Calacatta Luxe
kitchen designed by
Vogue Kitchens

Talostone® 12mm slabs are perfect for splash backs, drawer fronts, feature walls in your bathroom, imagine no more grout to clean! This thickness also offers the possibility of backlighting for creative impact.


An alternative to marble that is just as beautiful, more affordable, and easier to maintain really is possible!

How lucky we are to live in a time where nature can continue to inspire our luxurious designs, support leading trends and timeless style all without impacting our modern lifestyles and our budgets. 

For more information on your natural choice and our range of premium mineral surfaces products, please visit the Colours tab on our website, visit our Talostone® City Experience Centre in Waterloo or a local kitchen showroom near you.