Homeowners in the greater Clearwater, Seminole & Largo area choose marble tile to add beauty and value to their homes. The wide range of colors, sizes, and textures allow plenty of creativity for your next flooring project. The experts at Floor Coverings International Seminole want to help you make the best flooring choice for your home. Read more below to see if marble tile is right for you.
What is Marble?
In geology, rocks are categorized into three main types: igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary. Marble is a metamorphic rock meaning it was created below the earth’s surface and was subject to significant pressure and heat causing it to change in chemistry and appearance.
Metamorphic rocks are split into two types known as foliated and non-foliated, which denotes whether or not the rocks have texture. Marble is a non-foliated rock, so it does not possess texture. This makes it valuable for use in sculpture and architecture.
When used in the tile industry, marble is known for its distinct veining and comes in a variety of colors including white, cream, dark brown, dark green, gray, and black. Marble tile also comes in a variety of sizes from large rectangles to mosaics. It can be finished in two ways: polished or honed. Polished provides a flat, glossy surface, while honed has a matte finish and appears more rugged and natural.
Where to Use Marble
Marble tile is known for the elegance it brings to a room. Popular uses for marble include kitchen and bathroom flooring. One important characteristic to keep in mind is that marble is softer than granite and is susceptible to scratching. It is generally not recommended for kitchen counters. Heavy traffic areas that see lots of scratching possibly from heels, pets, or furniture will wear down marble tile.
Since it is a natural stone flooring option, marble tile is hard underfoot. This can be uncomfortable if standing over it for long periods of time. Also, marble tile is cold. Area rugs can be used to bring warmth and padding underfoot. Also radiant heating works well with marble.
Caring for Marble
It is important that marble tile is sealed properly during installation. After this routine maintenance can simply be sweeping or vacuuming followed by damp mopping. Avoid cleaning products with harsh chemicals, which can damage marble’s finish. Additional maintenance includes resealing marble tile every 6-12 months. After years of wear and tear, marble can become dull and have many scratches, but rather than being replaced, marble simply needs to be refinished to look like new.
Your Local Tile Experts
If you are interested in installing marble in your greater Clearwater, Seminole & Largo home call the experts at Floor Coverings International Seminole. Using our mobile flooring showroom, we can bring a hundreds of natural stone tile samples straight to your door. Our design associates are happy to help you choose the best tile for your home.
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