Crema Marfil is a beige colour marble whose features make it ideal as a building material. In fact, this is the best selling beige colour marble worldwide. But in order to find out why, we will need to go deeper into the origins and features of Crema Marfil.
Crema Marfil origins
Crema Marfil is quarried from Monte Coto, located in the town of Pinoso, Alicante. Due to its origins, this type of marble is also known as Crema Marfil Coto.
This quarry is mainly formed by fossiliferous limestone from the Paleogene. Therefore, it started forming around 66 million years ago. Isn’t that amazing?
What are the differences between Crema Marfil and other types of marble?
This is due to its composition. And by that, we mean that Crema Marfil is a sedimentary rock comprising organic animal and plant fragments, as well as calcite.
In order to be formed, it was previously subject to an erosion process. All materials resulting from disintegration were transported to lower areas on the earth’s surface. There, and following the passage of time, these were compacted and subject to diagenesis, as shown below:
- Compaction: reduction of the sediments’ volume.
- Cementation: the destruction of gaps or pore space decreasing porosity and causing hardening.
- Recrystallisation: a change is produced in the mineral’s crystal size.
- Replacement of one mineral by another.
- Dissolution of unstable minerals
- Autogenesis: obtainment of new minerals
Types of Crema Marfil marble
Since Crema Marfil marble is a sedimentary rock, this provides it with additional singularity. More particularly, due to the appearance of fossils and organic remains. Therefore, there are different types of Crema Marfil marble:
- Rice Grain
- Clear water
- Dark water
Crema Marfil features
In order for Crema Marfil to be considered as a building material, it had to undergo a series of tests under the UNE-EN standard. Following is a list of those Crema Marfil features that were analyzed from a physical and mechanical point of view:
- Apparent porosity
- Water absorption
- Water vapor permeability
- Resistance to:
- Compressive strength
- Flexural strength (with and without reinforcement)
- Freezing strength (with and without reinforcement)
- Finish slip resistance:
- Breaking load at dowel hole
- Fire resistance
If the test results are positive, the material will be suitable for building and ornamental purposes.
It is also worth noting that Crema Marfil meets all the requirements for marble, making it suitable for the market.
A clear example of the many Crema Marfil building applications is in bathrooms, both for flooring and wall cladding, as well as for worktops. Following is an image showing the different parts comprising a complete bathroom suite made from Crema Marfil marble.
Bathrooms are undoubtedly the areas with a higher level of humidity in the entire home. And, as you can see, Crema Marfil meets all the requirements to keep humidity at bay.