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2 How to choose perfect tiles for you dream interior design? (Natural Marble)

Updated: Aug 10, 2021

Marble is a very popular natural stone, a non-foliated metamorphic rock, quarried and cut into slabs and tiles for a variety of residential and commercial interiors, including wall, flooring and countertop tiles. It is soft and porous. Prised for its beauty, style and elegance, this material has graced the royal palaces for centuries, making it an upscale, luxurious option for interiors. Marble tiles provide a visually appealing effect with a diversity of choice to work with. They are easy to polish and add value to your home.


Marble Tiles


Marble is a great conductor of heat, making it easily adaptable to a variety of below-surface radiant heating systems. Radiant heating can make the cold marble tiles warm underfoot.



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Pros:


1 Opulent Aesthetic

Marble is a beautiful stone material that adds a sense of sophistication and grandeur to any space.


2 Strength and Durability

Marble is a relatively strong material that can easily withstand external pressure. Its hardwearing surface is highly resistant to shattering. Marble tiles can handle the weight without any damage as they are strongly resistant to chipping.


3 Timeless Charm

Marble offers a sense of spaciousness and brightness due to its light reflecting property.


4 Heat Resistance

Marble is highly resistant to heat, making it a great option to be used in the kitchen.


5 Excellent Insulator

Marble stays relatively cool under direct sunlight during summers and remains warmth during winters. It is a natural insulator for your home.


6 Diversity

Marble comes in different shades and varies in shapes and designs.


7 Property Value Booster

Marble adds value to your home and thus boosts its market resale value as it is a luxurious, premium quality natural stone.



Cons:


1 Porous and Soft

Marble is a relatively soft stone which is very absorbent due to its porous property. This means that it can soak up any spill and stain permanently. It is easily etched by acidic liquids such as orange juice or lemon water. It can also be scratched, scraped and chipped under the wrong conditions.


2 Costly

Marble is considered as a luxurious and upscale natural stone material and it is also expensive to install.


3 Aging

Marble will age, change, patina, and show wear over time.



Finish Options:


Marble tiles can be polished, honed, tumbled and brushed.

  • Polished marble has a shiny and reflective appearance, working well in both contemporary and traditional settings. It also showcases the colouring and veins in the natural stone. Its polishing surface makes the marble less porous and easier to maintain than other finishes. However, it tends to show scratches, so it might not be the best finish for homeowners whose pets have sharp nails. It is slippery due to its smooth surface, so should not be installed in wet areas, like on bathroom floors.

  • Honed marble has a matte appearance and a natural look. It is more appealing to be installed on countertop, because the matte finish can hide any imperfections visually such as scratches and etches better than polished marble can. However, wine spills are easily soak into honed marble because it is more porous than polished marble.

  • Tumbled marble has a worn look but feels smooth, which adds warmth to your home. It is good to be installed in bathroom due to the finish.

  • Brushed marble has an antique and textured look. It is more porous than polished marble, so it requires to be sealed frequently to resist staining. It also needs to be swept or vacuumed frequently as dust tends to collect in the textured surface.


Maintenance:


When it comes to choosing marble tiles, stains, scratches and etches are three of the most common problems associated with marble. Make sure that the surface is sealed properly to prevent liquid and stains from soaking into the stone.



Conclusion:


The opulent and timeless look of marble tiles can bring sophistication and grandeur to your home. They are a good option to add value to your home. They are durable, diverse, highly resistant to heat, insulative and gorgeous. They can be installed in the kitchen, bathroom, and hallway. They get good value for the money you will spend.



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