Ceramic tiles can do their best to mimic the natural beauty of marble, but nothing comes close to the real thing. The experts at Floor Coverings International Indianapolis North love marble tile flooring for the elegance it brings to local homes. Marble floors are long lasting and can boost your Avon home’s resale value when properly cared for. Below are some of the marble basics you’ll want to know before investing in this natural wonder.
About Marble Tile
Marble is a natural stone that forms under extreme heat and pressure in the interior of the earth. This tile is known for its natural veining and has been used in art and architecture for centuries. Marble tiles are commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms, and foyers to create a sophisticated look.
This natural stone comes in many different colors ranging from bright whites to deep grays and blues, but it is also commonly multicolored based on the mineral composition in the area. Since marble forms naturally in the earth, each tile will look unique. Marble tiles can come honed, tumbled, brushed, or polished, giving the homeowner a variety of looks to choose from. Many lighter colored marble tiles even have a slight translucent quality, giving them a glowing effect in sunlight. Depending on the color and finish of your marble, you can achieve an elegant, modern, or even rustic look.
Like most natural stone floors, marble can last a lifetime with the proper care. However, marble requires special treatment to avoid acquiring damage. As a softer stone, marble is relatively easy to scratch and chip. Moving heavy furniture around a polished marble floor could leave marks that are difficult to repair.
Furthermore, this stone reacts negatively to acidic substances. Vinegar, orange juice, and other acidic materials could cause noticeable stains on marble floors or countertops. Stains can be delayed or prevented by properly sealing your marble floors, but this sealant will need to be reapplied about one to two times every year.
Cost and Installation
Natural stone floors tend to be a pricy investment, and marble is no exception. While these floors can come with a hefty price tag, they tend to boost a home’s resale value and they can last for an incredibly long time.
Installing marble tile floors should only be attempted by professionals to prevent issues in the future. Marble is a porous material that must have a below surface sealer and surface finishing treatment to fill its pores. Improper treatment could lead to water damage within and below your tiles later on.
Get Started Today
With the right care, marble can be a beautiful and timeless addition to any Avon home. Contact Floor Coverings International Indianapolis North today to schedule your free in-home design consultation and learn more about our stone tile selection. We proudly serve Indianapolis, Brownsburg, and Avon and surrounding areas.
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