Welcome back to our stone flooring blog series. This is the continuation of the marble section of our series. If you’re interested in stone flooring, we suggest you fully research your options. There’s so much to choose from and it’s a good idea to be educated so as to avoid buyers remorse. Feel free to check out our last three blogs on limestone, granite, and marble.
Marble is a beautiful stone and can add an air of elegance to any space, that being said, with all it has to offer, it also leaves a lot to be desired.
Marble is one of the most expensive flooring options on the market currently. Each tile is sold individually around $5 or $10 bucks. When you’re hoping for larger tiles, slabs, non-standard shapes/sizes, and mosaics, prices will jump even higher.
It’s also recommended to keep the consistency of the color and type of marble you’re using to purchase replacement tiles at the time of purchasing the rest of your flooring tiles. This is encouraged because during installation, marble is actually pretty fragile and no matter how skilled the person installing your tiles is, you will have some breakage and cracks.
Marble resides on the basic side of the PH scale which renders a somewhat inconvenient flooring material because it will have a chemical reaction with acids if they’re strong enough. So places like kitchens prove problematic for marble due to this characteristic. That’s because a wide variety of beverages, sauces, foods, and especially cleaning products have acidic bases. The discoloration that will come from this reaction will become a permanent fixture in the composition of that tile, hence the above replacement tiles.
Marble is a pretty soft material. Like quite a few types of rock, it breaks and cracks easily, and gets scratched up as well. It’s especially true if your tile is polished, the imperfections will stick out like a sore thumb among that smooth finish.
Polished marble becomes super slippery when wet and is still slick underfoot when dry. This becomes an even bigger hazard if the surface becomes wet.
Natural stones are porous, but marble is especially susceptible to water penetration. You can prevent water stains by applying a protective coat annually.
If you’re interested in tile or stone flooring, be sure to contact Texas Hardwood Flooring for all of your Fort Worth new flooring and floor repair needs. Join us next time to further discuss the benefits of stone flooring, we’ll continue to cover slate and travertine, as well as cleaning methods and finishes.