Marble is one of those materials capable of providing style and elegance to any surface, be it a floor, a countertop or a wall covering. Marble floors have been used for centuries by all types of designers and architects. Entirely natural, marble is extracted from mountains all over the world, although with the particularities, finishes or colors of each area, and even with differences within the same area.

Compared to other flooring alternatives, such as granite, marble requires some maintenance to maintain its classic elegance. It is a type of resistant soil, but it must be protected against the action of various liquids and also from humidity.

Marble finishes for floors

Although the most popular marble finish for floors is polished or crystallized, the one that makes you shine and look like a mirror, there are more options.

Final sharp, similar to polishing, but without reaching that level of gloss, allows you to appreciate the texture of the stone in more detail.

Carved or bush-hammered. Here the piece of marble is hit and an uneven surface is obtained.

Marble aged. This is achieved by applying chemicals to the stone. The result is an uneven and satin surface. The advantage is that the end result will be very stable in terms of color.

What to consider when installing marble floors?

Marble is a type of natural stone and in its original state it is porous. This makes susceptible to the action of some liquids and / or chemicals. Therefore, after installing the floor, the first thing to do is to seal your pores and apply a finish to create a layer that protects you.

This type of treatment must be carried out at least once a year, although this period can be reduced significantly depending on the use that the soil will have.

Stains from acidic products on marble floors

Marble is an alkaline material and, as such, reacts against acidic products. This is important because if an acidic product falls on an untreated marble floor, a chemical reaction can occur. The most common result is discoloration.

Some of these products are: fruit juices, vinegars and a wide variety of soaps and cleaning products. When such a spill occurs, we should clean it up immediately. When purchasing cleaning products we must be careful that they do not contain acidic agents.

Slip resistance on marble floors

Sliding on marble floors is highly dependent on the type of marble and the finish applied to it. Polished marble has a low coefficient of friction and, when wet, can be a very slippery surface, an undesirable quality for a floor. However, there are matt and polished finishes that allow for better grip.

Shock and scratch resistance

Although not a fragile material, marble has a smooth surface that is susceptible to damage, especially cracks and chips in the corners.

If the marble floor installation is good, these problems are greatly reduced. A perfect installation is considered to be one in which there are no irregularities in the final result, so that there are no exposed edges, however small, and that the subfloor is totally resistant and there are no small voids that allow the marble to sag or crack.

The price of marble tiles

The price of marble is very variable, it will depend on its origin, the cost of transport can make the product very expensive, and also on the characteristics. The price of marble tiles You can vary from € 30 per square meter to € 200 when no longer depending on exclusivity.

Some tips for buying marble floors are:

  • Large tiles are more expensive, that is, a marble floor with a large tile format will cost more than one made of small tiles.
  • When purchasing marble tiles, confirm with your supplier what the return policy for defective or damaged products is.
  • It is common to negotiate the price when we are faced with great jobs.