Marble is one of the most lavish and elegant flooring, as it is considered as the most popular flooring for both interior and exterior application.
Marble is used for Bathrooms, Kitchens, Pool Decks, Entrance pathways, dinning rooms, living rooms & many other areas of home
Marble flooring are available in many types such as blocks , slabs & tiles , with thousands of Colors anyone can imagine , with hues in black ,brown ,red, green & even pink , so it is easily for every homeowners to find the right color for thier home or garden .
Types of marble tiles:
There are two types of marble tiles
Glazed tiles are hard and their surface is smooth, so it has the ability to resist water stains.
Unglazed tiles are scratch resistant but are prone to stains due to its soft surface unlike glazed tiles.
So, how to take care of your Marble flooring? A big Problem comes to each home owner plans to install Marble for his home or garden
Marble anyway is a type of natural stones & as we all knows all natural stones have porous surfaces, which makes marble sensitive to be damaged by stains or spills, so in order to solve this issue it is recommended to treat marble in the new installation with both a below surface sealer, and a surface finishing treatment as this treatment will clog the pores in marble in addition that it will add an invisible layer over it
Marble maintenance will require the reapplication of the surface sealing treatment every 6-12 month depending on how much traffic on your marble flooring .
Marble is considered as an alkalai, which means that it is a base in an acid base relationship. This is important in flooring because if any acidic substance falls on an untreated marble floor it will cause a chemical reaction.
The result of this reaction will be a permanent discoloration of the marble.
Common acidic substances include fruit products and juices, sodas, vinegar based mixes, as well as a variety of soaps and cleaning agents. Spills should be wiped up immediately with a damp cloth. Regular sealing of the tiles will help to protect them to some extent. Never use acid based cleaning solutions on a marble floor.
In flooring slip resistance is measured by the coefficient of friction, which calculates how much force it takes to move a specific weight over a surface. The higher the coefficient of friction the less slippery a floor is.
The coefficient of friction of a marble floor depends on the type of finish that the stone has. A polished marble floor has a very low coefficient of friction, especially when wet, making it a potential slip hazard in the wrong space. Honed, tumbled, or brushed marble tiles all have greater traction due to the dimensional elements in the surface of the stone.
While everyone usually think of stone as being a very hard substance, marble is actually quite soft and can suffer from damage due to cracks, chips, and breakage. Proper care taken during installation can prevent such problem to some extent, by making sure that there are no gaps in the thin set under the tile that can create weak pockets of air that will become faults in the floor.
With polished marble you also have to be aware of scratching that can occur. Placing acrylic or rubber pads under furniture legs and taking care when moving large pieces can help to cut down on noticeable scratches in the tile. Regular cleaning and keeping the floor clear of grit and dirt will help to cut down on smaller blemishes
So is marble flooring good or bad choice for your home or garden ? I have summarized the advantages & disadvantages for marble in the following points
Advantages of marble flooring
- Long lasting, durable and hard
- Looks attractive
- Available in wide range of colours and variety
- Extremely versatile
- Water and bacteria resistant
- Hypoallergenic, allergen resistant
- Practical and attractive
Disadvantages of marble flooring
- Expensive than other flooring types
- Hard and cold underfoot
- Needs regular maintenance
- Needs to be installed professionally