Marble tile flooring stands out as a unique, durable, and stunning flooring choice. No matter what color or finish, this type of tile is bound to make a statement in your Paramus home. Here at Floor Coverings International North Jersey, we love marble tile flooring for its elegance and longevity. Below are the marble tile basics homeowners should know before investing in this type of tile.
What is Marble Tile?
Marble is formed when limestone is exposed to high pressure and temperatures. The resulting product is a dense, veined rock that is quarried and manufactured for various uses, especially in the home as tile backsplashes, countertops, or flooring.
Marble comes in many different colors, including (but not limited to) green, pink, black, and white. It can be finished in a variety of ways to create different looks like tumbled, polished, and honed. Marble tile is an especially popular flooring choice for foyers and bathrooms.
Natural stone of all sorts is a popular choice amongst homeowners because of its exceptional durability and longevity, and marble is no exception to this. Marble tile will be difficult to dent or crack, and can last a lifetime with the proper care.
However, marble is one of the softer types of stone and it can scratch more easily than other types of tile. While these may only be slight surface scratches, they can show especially easily on polished marble. This makes it a less-than-ideal choice for homeowners with large pets. Take care to remove grit and debris to avoid creating surface scratches underfoot.
Liquid and Stain Resistance
Marble tile is a great water resistant choice for backsplashes, countertops, and bathroom floors. Water and humidity will not cause warping or expanding like it would with hardwood, laminate, or other organic floors. However, marble is susceptible to surface stains when not treated properly, or when in contact with certain substances.
Acidic substances like vinegar, citrus, and coffee react negatively with the minerals in marble and can permanently stain the surface. It is best to be careful with acidic liquids to avoid spills, although a sealant can delay the absorption of these liquids. Unpolished marble is somewhat porous and should be sealed to extend its life expectancy.
Although marble is dense and durable, practicing proper maintenance will ensure that your marble tile floor lasts a lifetime. To avoid surface scratches, regularly sweep your tile floor to remove dirt and grit. Use cleaners designed for marble to avoid causing acid stains when cleaning the grout or tile. Make sure your tile is properly sealed, especially if you’re having it installed in the bathroom, and be sure to re-seal the tile periodically if a semi-permanent sealant was initially used.
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Marble tile is a beautiful flooring option that will boost your home’s resale value and last a lifetime. Call Floor Coverings International North Jersey to schedule your free, in-home design consultation and we’ll help you choose the perfect tile for your Paramus home. We proudly serve the greater Mahwah, Paramus, Wayne, and North Jersey areas.
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