Classy, timeless and elegant – these are the words that come to mind when you think about marble flooring.
Easily the most popular style of flooring – aside from wood – this style is considered to synonymous with luxury. This is probably why many are quick to dismiss it, thinking that it’ll be too costly to even consider having it in your humble abode.
If you possess the same point of view, let’s correct this misconception.
Despite their appearance, marble tiles are not as out of budget as you may think. Neither are they limited in design!
With that out of the way, here’s some more information on marble tiles, and what you should know if you want to have them for your home!
Learning about Marble Tile Flooring
Your Marble isn’t Naturally Flawless
Despite how it looks!
Keep in mind that marble is a natural stone. Therefore, it will have a porous surface. This is why marble is easily susceptible to stains and spills and requires extra care.
However, one way marble tile contractors keep tiles safe is by using a below surface sealer as well as a surface finishing treatment. This covers up the pores and sort of creates an invisible layer on top that protects it.
With proper maintenance, this treatment can keep your floor protected for about 6 months to a year.
Marble Does Not Like Acid
So don’t even think about using any common household remedies to make your marble floors shine!
Marble is alkaline by nature. So if you use any acid-based cleaner, it’ll cause a chemical reaction that’ll quickly discolor your tiles. And even if you have a sealant in place, it still won’t completely be able to protect your tiles from the acid-based cleaner.
In case of spills, it’s best to just wipe the liquid away with a damp cloth.
The slip factor is measured by an indicator known as coefficient of friction (COF), which tells us how much force it would take to move something (a specific weight) on a certain surface. The COF of marble depends on the type of finishing it has.
Polished marble has a low CF, especially when it’s wet. However, by choosing the right type of marble finishing, such as tumbled, brushed or honed marble, you’ll have a floor with a high COF.
Marble is NOT as Expensive
Yes, because of its source, marble can be relatively pricier than your average laminate.
However, one way you can save money on marble, is by choosing your marble from a reliable store that offers marble tile at low rates. This way, you’ll know you’re getting your money’s worth.
Hire The Tile Guys for Installation!
Got the general gist?
Now get The Tile Guys on the phone, pronto!
We offer custom tile installations to all in San Diego! Hire us for your home, and enjoy your marble floors, without worrying about the cost!