Marble flooring

by J on December 10, 2010

Is it time to put a new floor in your bathroom? If so you have lots of choices that will give you a beautiful floor. Simple linoleum is one possibility for a budget-conscious home improvement project. Engineered hardwood or hardwood flooring is always a popular choice. Natural stone is an elegant, timeless look that while pricey, could last for a lifetime. Let’s look at the pros and cons of a stone that you may not have considered for your bathroom floor:  marble.

During the last several years, the sale of hard stone products has skyrocketed. The timeless beauty and elegance of stone products gives an air of distinction to any home. Marble in particular has been in use for centuries, gracing the White House and the Mark Twain home, for example. You may be wondering, however, as to how it will hold up as a flooring material. Let’s consider some of the specifics of a marble floor.

Marble Basics

Marble is a natural stone that used to come from mainly Italy, hence its prominence in Italian kitchens. Today, however, besides Italy, it is also produced in Mexico, Spain, China and countries making up the former Soviet Union.

Marble is installed similarly to ceramic tile and actually comes in tiles. You have a choice of colors, which are based on where the marble quarry is located. Some of the common colors are varying shades of white, green, peach and black. The patterns on the tiles vary and this will allow you to mix and match the arrangement of the marble tiles to find a pleasing pattern. Another exciting option are marble medallions, which are designs pieced together in a picture or pattern and installed to be the focal point of a room. Marble makes for a stunning bathroom remodel. Marble is a durable stone, and will last a long time,  but it does require quite a bit of care and maintenance.

Care

Marble is more porous than granite and needs to be sealed to prevent staining. Common household liquids and cleaners such as orange juice, nail polish remover, shampoo and even water can all cause staining in marble that is not sealed. A marble bathroom floor should be resealed every 9 to 12 months. Do not use chemicals to clean it. Mop it with water and then dry it with a towel, especially if it has not been sealed to prevent staining. Check your manufacturer’s guidelines for specific directions.

Marble is also a pricey investment. Marble tiles start at between $2 to $4 per square foot and the price quickly rises, depending on any customization. Because of the expense, you want to be sure that a bathroom remodeling professional installs the tiles. Don’t make installing a marble floor a learning project. It could be an expensive mistake if it goes bad.

Overall, marble makes a floor of unmatched beauty. But you must be committed to the care it will take to maintain it.

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