marble tile in spring branchMarble is certainly one of the most elegant flooring options available for your Spring Branch home. Its natural composition ensures that no two marble surfaces look alike, and extremely beautiful patterns and color combinations are available. Sourced from mountains and deep natural quarries, there are few flooring choices that are more beautiful and opulent.

There’s no doubt that marble adds an aura of sophistication to any room. It has been doing so for centuries. But is it the best choice for your home? The following are some of the main pros and cons of marble tile from the experts at Floor Coverings International Spring Branch.

Benefits of Marble Tile

Unique color and patterning. The sheer variety of marble colors and patterns that are available ensures that you’ll find a look that’s perfect for your taste and style. Patterns can be soft and diffused or more distinct and filled with contrast. White, grey, ivory and earth tones are all beautiful options for the kitchen or bathroom and can complement any taste, style or décor.

Lights up the room. Marble is slightly translucent and can be easily polished to a high gloss. Because of this, marble instantly brightens up any room with its reflective surface. Many homeowners appreciate this feature in their kitchens where a bright, cheery atmosphere is desired.

Natural feel. All-natural marble brings the energy of nature indoors. In an era when many household items are synthetic and manufactured, natural stone flooring or backsplashes offer a refreshing reprieve.

Drawbacks of Marble Tile

Slick when polished. While high gloss surfaces look amazing, they can also pose a slip and fall hazard if the surface becomes wet or if people are walking around in socks. Children and pets may be at particular risk. When using marble tile on the floor, take care to place rugs in high traffic areas and keep the surface of the floor dry.

Scratching and staining is possible. While marble flooring is extremely hard and durable, it is still prone to becoming stained or scratched. Care should be taken when moving furniture or walking on it with hard-soled shoes. Acidic foods and liquids pose the most risk to marble surfaces. Regularly sealing your marble surfaces will help avoid stains and discoloration.

Regular maintenance is required. Marble must be sealed in order to preserve and protect its surface. Sealant must also be reapplied at least once per year for best results and protection over time.

Costly. Marble’s beauty does not come without a cost. It is one of the most expensive flooring materials in terms of both installation and maintenance. The larger the tile slab and more beautiful the pattern, the more expensive a marble floor tends to be. However, many homeowners believe the final result is well worth the cost.

Marble tile is a beautiful, classic, and time-honored choice for homes, businesses, lobbies and courtyards. Is it right for you? Let the team at Floor Coverings International Spring Branch help you decide. Contact us today for a free in-home design consultation and we’ll come to you with our mobile showroom.

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