Marble is a material known for its beauty and elegance. Michelangelo used it to sculpt David, and now you want to include that beauty in your home. Perhaps you’ve already installed this material as your bathroom backsplash, or maybe you’re just now considering new marble floors. Either way, there are a few things you’ll need to know before installing marble tile. Below are some basics from the experts at Floor Coverings International Concord to help you determine if marble could be the perfect addition to your Lafayette home.
About Marble Tile
Marble is a natural material quarried from mountains. It has been a prized substance over the centuries for its beauty, making it a popular choice for those seeking a particularly stylish or elegant look. Because it is all natural, marble could be a friendly choice for the eco-conscious homeowner.
Like many other natural stone tiles, marble requires special care and maintenance. It is a porous material that will need to be sealed and resealed regularly to prevent excessive water damage. Even so, you’ll want to avoid letting water sit on this surface, as it could leave behind a stain. Marble is a relatively soft tile material, and it’s more prone to scratching and chipping than other tiles. However, this does not mean that marble is unsuitable for the home. With proper care, it can be a great addition to any living room, dining room, foyer, or kitchen.
Not unlike hardwood, marble tile will require careful cleaning to avoid scratching the finish. Use a dust mop or soft cloth to regularly clean the floors. This will prevent particles from scratching the tile’s surface. When mopping, do not use chemicals. Instead, rely on mild pH neutral dish soap or marble cleaner. When vacuuming, use brush attachments instead of metal or wire attachments to avoid scratching the finish.
Installation and Cost
The natural patterns that make marble uniquely beautiful can also make it a challenge to install. Look at all of your tiles before installing them to make sure that their colors match. Marble may also be difficult to cut, and for best results should be professionally installed.
Marble has a luxurious appearance and a price to match. It is more expensive than other tile options and will require proper maintenance and resealing over the years. However, its look is unobtainable by any other floor, making marble worth the price for many Lafayette homeowners.
Here at Floor Coverings International Concord, we have a large selection of marble tile to choose from, and you can trust our team to install it right. Call us today for a free in-home consultation, and learn more about our tile selection. We proudly serve the greater Concord, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, & Martinez, CA areas.
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