If you love a timeless and elegant appeal in your home or space then flooring with marble should be at the top of your construction needs. Marble flooring, a popular type of flooring material, is prized for its beauty, style, and elegance. Marble dates back to centuries ago and has graced the palaces of kings and queens for centuries, making it an upscale, luxurious option for interiors.
Marble is still a popular material to use as flooring, especially in bathrooms and kitchens. But how do you know whether marble is right for you?
Like any flooring option, there are places it’s great for, places it’s not good for, and places it should never be used for. Which means that you shouldn’t incorporate any type of marble flooring into your home without being aware of the pros and cons.
So here are 5 pros and cons to consider, or to remind yourself of, when installing marble flooring.
The Pros of Marble Flooring
Unique: Marble is available in a broad range of colours, patterns, and designs; giving you a wide variety of designs to select. Marble is one of its kind; no other material looks as elegant and beautiful as marble.
Style: Marble floors are the best for creating a very significant aesthetic in interiors. Marble floors, when exposed to sunlight, glow and increases the radiance in a room.
Shiny lustre: This natural stone exudes an excellent and pleasing look when mirror polished. When polished, it has a very smooth finish and gives a luminous shine.
Durability: Marble flooring is extremely durable and long lasting, it can withstand any external pressure, and any sudden change of weight can easily be handled by this material. Thus it is very suitable for high traffic areas such as restaurants, hotels etc
Eco-Friendly: Marble is an eco-friendly material as no chemical process is involved in its manufacturing. It is also degradable at the end of its life. In hot climes, marble flooring is a preferred option as the underfoot is cold. When compared to wood flooring, marble exhibits a high resistance to fire.
The Cons of Marble Flooring
Marble Flooring Cost: Marble floors tend to the premium side of architectural elements and are priced accordingly. As far as natural stone costs, marble floors fall on the high-end range. Compared to granite flooring, marbles have a shorter lifespan.
Scratches: Although it is a rock, under the wrong conditions marble can be scratched, scraped and chipped. For polished and smooth surfaces, the scratched cannot be easily repaired without an entire replacement.
Chemical reactions: For a base on the PH scale, the marble will always have a chemical reaction whenever it comes in contact with an acidic contact. Discolouration stains from a wide variety of foods, sauces, beverages and cleaning products are usually permanent.
Water Damage: Marble is a natural stone and as such is porous and prone to water penetration and staining from colourful liquid agents. Applying a chemical below the surface penetrating sealer can act a barrier above the surface sealer after installation.
Slippage: This is one of the grave negatives of having marble floors. Polished marble surfaces become an extremely slick and slippery one hazardous to accidental falls. If the material gets wet due to environmental concerns or liquid spillage, it can be unforgiving on bones and bruises.
So that’s the five pros and ten cons. There is no doubt that the pros outweigh the cons. But equally too, when it comes to the negatives, you can’t stick your head in the sand and ignore them. Marble floors, when installed correctly, can transform the visual appeal of your space.