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Can Marble Withstand High Heat?

Marble is a stone formed during volcanic activity, so it is hardly surprising that it can survive high heat in building applications.

Having lived in a cold climate with old houses and marble fireplaces, I know that marble has resisted very high temperatures when in homes for a very long time. Not only does it survive, it still looks new, and also makes amazing kitchen benchtops.

Marble is a metamorphic rock that forms when limestone is exposed to high temperatures. It contains calcite and other minerals like clay, micas, pyrite, and iron oxides. Marble is sourced from many countries including the United States. Most marble is found in Italy, China and Turkey.

You can place hot items directly onto a marble surface, but it may cause it to yellow, and as you don’t want to damage the surface of your lovely marble countertop. To extend the life of your countertop, use a heat-resistant mat when working with hot pans.

You are more likely to nick and scratch or chip the marble than to damage it with heat. Carrara marble can withstand temperatures up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit, and other marbles higher heat. 

How Much Heat Can Marble Withstand?

If you lit a fire directly on marble, the heat from the fire could cause the release of calcium carbonate, but you would be very unlikely to light a fire directly on marble in your own home.

When we are using marble in our homes for decorative and aesthetic as well as practical purposes, we will be mindful of preserving its longevity.

Marble is a stone that will last a lifetime without too much extra care, and as it is a big investment you should be careful with it to extend it’s life. Be sure to not put extremely hot platters and saucepans directly onto our marble countertops.

Properties of Marble

Marble is by nature, heat resistant, and does not hold heat which makes it great for fireplaces as well. Because marble is formed over hundreds of years, all marble has a one of a kind pattern and comes in various natural colors.

It is a dense and durable stone, making it a great choice for both your kitchen and bathroom at home. It does not cause allergies like carpets, so why not have a marble floor in your living area? It has a reflective quality that always looks glossy and sophisticated.

Can Marble In Your Home Handle High Temperatures?

In hot climates, many people choose to have marble columns and a marble flooring in their foyer. If you have been to the Palazzo Versace Gold Coast Hotel, there is marble everywhere on the ground floor.

People are adopting this look for their own homes, knowing it will last for years without too much work. Not only will it resist heat and stay cool. Another popular property of marble is that it isn’t susceptible to water damage. This makes it an excellent choice for bathroom floors and vanities.

Since marble can withstand both high heat and cold, it makes it an amazing stone for home use. In chilly Winter months you may have to put some rugs down to give your rooms a warmer feel.


Marble is resistant to heat because the stone is developed from volcanic activity. It can be heated to quite high temperatures without causing any damage making it an extremely long lasting stone.

When you go out walking and see limestone cliffs, this is actually the beginning of marble, and will one day become a beautiful seam of marble. Some marble is whiter than other types and this occurs naturally. The variety of color combinations and seams make it an extremely appealing stone for home surfaces and flooring.