This post is exclusively for our readers who are in the process of buying new home or upgrading or renovating their current homes. Read on before you make a decision – whether to use Natural Marble for flooring or not.
Natural Marble is a beautiful material to use on the floors of your home, but just like every other product, natural marble does have its fair share of advantages and disadvantages.
Malford Ceramics, a supplier of tiles, natural stones, mosaics, and compressed quartz in Singapore, has compiled a list of pros and cons of using Natural Marble!
- Looks Premium and Expensive: Natural Marble is often used in premium establishments such as five star hotels and high end commercial developments. Natural Marble has the ability to provide a royal look and it is often selected for use solely based on this point, regardless of the disadvantages this material has.
- Looks Seamless: Unlike manufactured tiles, Natural Marble can be laid with a 0.5 mm or 1 mm joint width (tiles usually use a 2 mm joint width). Marble is a natural resource and therefore, it is more porous than a man-made tile. Should there be any tremors or movements within the ground, the porousness of the material will be able to accommodate to the movements, whereas a sturdy manufactured tile may crack at the sides with a tiny joint width.
- Absolutely Flat: Manufactured tiles are prone to not being absolutely flat because they are a fired product. Laying them too close to each other might result in its uneven heights being very obvious. However, Natural Marble can be polished and grinded after installation. This means, the Marble can be grinded till the whole surface is absolutely flat.
- It Can Last Forever: Yes, marble is difficult to maintain, but it can last forever. Marble is roughly 2 centimetres thick and can always be polished whenever the shine weakens of if there is a chip or scratch on the surface. Polishing the marble would mean a very thin layer on the surface would be grinded and it would look brand new immediately after.
- Expensive: Natural Marble is usually 4 to 5 times the cost of manufactured tiles. The price you see at your preferred retailer is usually not final. You will have to include the sealant and dry-laying cost, and probably the polishing cost too. You might end up paying S$25.00 per square foot for this material.
- High Maintenance: Unlike tiles, Natural Marble is very weak. They have to be kept dry all the time because it is a very porous material that has a high rate of water absorption.
- Subsequent Costs: As mentioned in the previous point, marble is weak. This also means its shine will not last forever and its surface is prone to scratches and chips. Though this problem may be solved with polishing, it is something many would like to avoid due to its cost.
- Lack of Resistance to Many Liquids: Be it your dog’s urine, red wine, acidic household cleaners, or toothpaste, be prepared to live with an unsightly patch until your next polishing. Furthermore, polishing might not be all you need. If left on the marble surface long enough, you might require a special cleaner along with a session of polishing. Example: Mr. Muscles Cleaners that we get from local supermarkets contain some acidic substances.
- Troublesome Dry-laying: The veins on marble is extremely unpredictable and many individuals do not like this characteristic of marble. Therefore, home owners are allowed to go through this process of dry-laying. This involves selecting each piece of marble, piece by piece, to decide which piece goes where. This is to minimise the high chance of the direction of the veins from marble to marble being too abrupt. This process might take a long time, given the fact that most marbles have unpredictable veins.
With the above advantages and disadvantages presented to you, you will probably be in a better position to decide if your new home should use marble as a flooring solution!
In conclusion, marble should only be used if the owner is confident of properly maintaining it by keeping it dry and clean always. If maintenance is going to be an issue for you, there are still many other flooring alternatives available, such as tiles and compressed marble!
Should you decide to use marble for your homes, be sure to ensure your supplier provides the following:
Dry Lay (you would want to ensure your floor looks harmonious and not with abrupt veins)
Sealant (a protective layer on the marble to make it less porous)
We hope you have enjoyed this post! For more information on tiles, do check out this link!
Thanks Malford Ceramics for this wonderful post! It would help us immensely before choosing the right kind of tiles for our homes. ♥