If you’re looking to buy marble tiles for your home you have made a good decision.
Marble is a beautiful natural stone quarried in Greece, Italy and Belgium as well as the United States. It has been used to add a touch of luxury to buildings for thousands of years and by installing marble flooring you will not only add to the beauty of your home but also to the value as future buyers are sure to appreciate the quality finish.
Once installed, marble tile flooring is easily maintained by simply sweeping, vacuuming or mopping although (if your flooring is not pre-sealed) you should always seal the surface of the tiles on installation to prevent staining and scratching. Once installed marble tile makes a fuss free floor. Brilliant in summer and hot climates, it remains cool to the touch. Although marble flooring is more common in the kitchen and bathroom, if you use it in living room you may want to install underfloor heating and add an area rug or two for coziness particularly in winter.
Marble is versatile material and can be used on surfaces other than the floor. In kitchens it can be used for work tops and splashback and in the bathroom as wall tiling. Some of the most luxurious rooms have wall to wall marble but that can be a bit overpowering in my view and a matching floor and counter top is quite enough for any home to allow for other finishes to add interest on the remaining surfaces.
When choosing marble floor tiles do not be concerned so much about where the marble is quarried as about the quality of the marble you will receive. Although marble from Europe may be more expensive it will not necessarily be better quality than the stone you find in the U.S.As marble is a natural material no two tiles are exactly alike which adds to the character of the flooring in your home. If you want a flat even color then natural stone flooring is not for you! Each marble floor tile will have veins of color running through it so although you buy a particular color you can expect some variation. You can get marble tiles in many different colors. Black and white marble tiles are very popular but so are the natural shades of green, beige, gray-blue and cream.
Marble tiles also come in a number of different finishes. Glazed tiles have a hard stain-resistant surface which may be high gloss (for a polished look) or matte. You can also buy tumbled marble tile where the marble has been literally tumbled in a vat with sand and water or other lubricant to give an aged rustic appearance to the stone.
Marble tiles come in standard sizes usually 12 or 18 inches. (Bigger sizes are generally used in large commercial buildings). The best size is the one that is suitable for the size of the room. Twelve inches will be fine for most rooms. Eighteen inch tiles would be good in a loft sized apartment or room. And if you are tiling a small bathroom floor then you can make it seem a little bigger by using marble mosaic tiles. These come in sheets usually 12″ square for easy application to walls and floors.
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