The marble flooring buying guide...
Marble flooring is one of the most luxurious flooring available today, loved for the sheer elegance they offer to a space. It comes with a rich history and is being a popular choice among designers and architects since years. All natural marble flooring is quarried from mountains across the world and is available in a plethora of designs, sizes, colors and finishes.
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  • Budget -

    Marble flooring is available in a wide range of prices. More the size of the marble tile, higher the price.
  • Choosing the area -

    Deciding upon the space where the flooring will be installed is another important factor. With living rooms, you can go for polished floorings as they will glam up the space. However, for kitchens and bathrooms it is advisable to go for less polished floorings as it lowers slip resistance. Honed and tumbled marble tiles have better traction due to variations in surface properties.
  • Size -

    Marble flooring comes in slabs and tiles form in various sizes. Some of the standard sizes are like 12” x 12”, 16” x 16”, and 24” x 24”. Choose according to the size of the room as smaller tiles give the space a even tinier look when compared to large pieces.
  • Sealing -

    Marble is an alkali, and thus prone to stains and discoloration when exposed to acids. This includes everything from abrasive cleaners to fruit acids present in soda, juices and vinegar. To prevent it from stains, it is vital that you get it sealed. It is important to note that the sealing done is not permanent and needs to be repaired every 6-8 months.

Marble comes in various varieties in terms of colors, textures, finishes and designs. Here are some most popular types:

  • 1. Veining -

    It features natural lines, visually similar to blood veins. You can get them in a varied range of colors.

  • 2. Honed -

    Honed marble has a matte or satin like finish. It is non-glossy but smooth and anti-slippery.

  • 3. Sand marble -

    It is the perfect combination of sand and marble, giving a natural rustic look to the space.

  • 4. Carrara -

    It is the lightest of the marble varieties available for flooring. Most of the marble statues you see today are made from this marble.

  • 5. Breccia -

    Marble with angular fragments is Breccia. Though, it depends on the colors of the angular stones but Breccia usually comes in dark shaded like red and brown.

  • Make sure the marble is properly sealed to prevent it from stains.
  • High polished marbles are not advisable to install on high traffic areas.
  • Be careful while using vacuum cleaner for cleaning marble flooring as the wheels can create scratches on the surface. You can use soft mops for regular cleaning.
  • Though perceived as a hard material, marble is actually softer. While installation, ensure that there are no visible air gaps between pieces as it can lead to chipping.