Why Marble Always Feels Cold & 4 Easy Ways To Make It Warmer

why is marble so cold

When the weather is cold, it’s difficult to find a surface that doesn’t feel chilly. Marble seems to be the exception for many people. This article will explore why marble always feels cold and how this compares in comparison to other natural stones such as granite or limestone.

So why is marble cold? Marble often feels colder than other natural stones such as granite and limestone because of its high porosity which means it offers more surface area for heat to escape through and less insulation against temperature changes.

To learn more about the reasons why marble is cold, keep reading this article.

1. Marble Feels Cold Because Its Heat Conductor

Marble feels cool because it conducts heat differently than other surfaces. Marble is a very dense, hard stone that makes it easier for heat to transfer from warmer objects, such as your feet.

The surface material may not feel quite as cool if you’re sitting or standing still on the marble, but when your body starts to move all over the stone’s surface, these differences become more pronounced.

The high rate at which objects can transfer energy between each other determines how well (or poorly) they’ll maintain their temperature- whether it be hot or cold.

A good example would be placing an ice cube on top of a warm drink; eventually, the two surfaces meet and create an equilibrium.

2. Marble Feel Cold Because It’s A Porous Stone

Another reason why marble surfaces feel cold is that they are porous. Marble has a high heat capacity, which means that it takes longer to warm up after being heated up than other natural stones.

Marble is also slower at releasing its absorbed warmth back into the environment because of how dense and hard it is.

It’s important to remember marble tends to be significantly colder when compared with stone surfaces like granite or limestone.

These types of stones have nearly twice as much water content in them, so their temperatures tend not to fluctuate quite as drastically (due largely in part to fewer air pockets).

This makes them an excellent choice for people who are sensitive to the cold.

The key takeaway is that marble is always going to be colder than these other types of stones because it has more air in it and doesn’t have as much water content;

This means that when marble starts absorbing warmth from the environment its temperature will drop even lower on account of how porous it is (but no need to worry about potential heat loss).

It’s important not just to look at how well each type of material absorbs heat but also how quickly absorbed energy dissipates back into the environment around it. ​

3. Marble Feels Cold Due To How The Body Reacts To It

One interesting thing you need to take note of is that while your marble may feel super cold, it is the same as the air temperature.

So why then will marble feel cold if the air in the atmosphere is the same temperature as that of the marble?

You may have been wondering why marble always feels cold when in reality it’s the same as all the other materials around you. It is because of how our body reacts to different material temperatures.

This is why almost any surface you will touch is going to probably feel slightly cooler to you. Our body temperature is higher than the temperature of the air around us.

4. Marble’s Density

Another reason why marble will feel cold is due to its density. The marble is heavier because it’s composed of heavy natural stone materials.

In both cases, heavy materials will feel cooler due to their dense weight against our skin as well as how they are carried in relation to gravity.

5. Marbles Are Naturally Formed

Another reason why marble will feel colder than other materials like tiles is that marbles are naturally formed. Marble is a natural stone that has been used for centuries in construction and design.

The process of naturally forming the material will always be denser than tile or other man-made materials, so it’s going to feel colder against your skin even in hot weather while something like tile will change its temperature accordingly.

How To Make Your Marble Feel Warmer

There are a couple of hacks if you want your stone countertops or floors to be warm and cozy especially in winter.

1. Use Heated Mats

The first hack is to use a heated tile mat that you can buy at Amazon that can be installed under the marble in order to keep it warm during cold weather.

If you want your stone countertops or floors to be warmer, installing heating mats underneath them your marble surfaces (if possible) is a great way to keep your marble floors warmer.

This way, the heat from the flooring would rise up into your room rather than cool down indoors as an air conditioner does. Plus, using this kind of mat takes care of any problem with static electricity that you may have.

This is a great solution to keep your stone feeling warmer without sacrificing the clean look of it as well.

You can use these heated mats in the winter, but they also work for people who live in warm climates and want their marble flooring or countertops cool during summertime!

2. Install A Radiant Heat Systems

Another to make your marble surfaces warmer is by installing radiant heating. Radiant heat systems provide a great way to warm up your marble floors or even countertops by means of panels, tiles, mats, and more!

Radiant flooring is often seen as an elegant and clean solution for maintaining the temperature in our homes-especially when it’s below freezing outside.

You can also use this type of system for cooling too if you live in warmer climates!

3. Clean Your Marble Surfaces With Warm Water

Although not a permanent solution, regularly cleaning your marble surfaces with warm water and soft microfiber cloths is a good way to make your marble countertop or floor feel warmer.

In fact, many people use this technique on their marble tile floors to keep them cool in the summertime!

While it’s not the most effective way of dealing with a cold surface, using warm water is still better than nothing at all!

Key takeaway here is that just make sure that you’re not using cold water on your marble surfaces-this will cool them down significantly right away and leave behind spots instead of leaving their natural polished look intact.

4. Cover Marble Surfaces

Covering your marble surfaces with carpets, rugs, blankets, or other textiles is a great way to make them warm.

This technique works by trapping heat from your body and surrounding objects, which will be absorbed through the material onto the surface underneath it.

The best thing about this method is that you can cover any object or surface in your house with anything-even if they’re not made of marble!

It is also a great way to improve the aesthetics of any room.


In conclusion, we’ve learned about some of the major reasons why marble is cold and how to make it warmer and comfortable to use.

I hope this article has helped to bring you some clarity to this topic.


Hi! I’m Kobby, one of the co-owners of favoredstoneguides.com and the newest house owner in town. I’m a huge fan of most things natural. Over here on this site, I'm happy to share all the exciting hacks, tricks, and tips I have learned and continue to learn each day about taking care of natural stones.

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