What is Spalling?

Marble, Travertine and Limestone all are subject to spalling. Spalling can occur for different reasons. The primary reason is moisture migrates from the slab and gets trapped under the surface trying to evaporate out. This creates hydrostatic pressure under the surface and it is this pressure that causes the stone to break to release the moisture pressure. This can be caused from topical coatings or waxes that do not allow the stone to “breath”, or to let moisture vapor from the surface. Also, some forms of Crystallizers have been known to cause or accelerate some stones to spall. Also the moisture may contain dissolved minerals that when reach the stone surface crystallize, or form an efflorescence that expands and breaks the surface of stone apart.

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