Marble or natural stone floor?
Natural stone is a classic and popular choice for flooring solutions. Its timeless, natural beauty adds elegance and durability to any home.
If you have decided to opt for a marble or natural stone floor, it can be quite daunting trying to figure out which stone is the best solution for you. There is such an array of choice out there, and prices can vary from €35 to over €100 per m2. Preparation, fitting, adhesives and sealing are additional costs to consider. So where to start?
Marble is a crystallised limestone that evokes a feeling of sophisticated extravagance. Marble floors are the ultimate in luxury and truly add a touch of class to any home.
Marble tiles are at the top end of the natural stone flooring scale. The best marble available on the market today is Italian, and we would recommend if possible that you buy Italian marble tiles that are also cut in Italy. Generally, Italian marble is white, with veins running through it.
There are cheaper Italian marble tiles available that have been cut in China. These have sometimes been cut across-the-bed (the slab is sliced perpendicular to the main direction of the veining) and in time will start to flake and chip. Always ensure your Italian marble comes direct or was sourced from Italy.
Marble is a hard-wearing natural stone once cared for. While luxurious and instantly recognisable, marble does require some maintenance and sealers are needed to guard against staining and scratches. However, when installed and cared for correctly, your marble floor should last a lifetime.
Your maintenance plan will include a strip, clean and reseal of your marble floors every one to three years. This is generally best done by a professional marble restoration company. When considering installing a marble floor, you should factor in professional polishing and sealing costs in the region of €400 for an area of 30 m2 or less every few years. Marble will scratch and can etch, regular maintenance repairs these blemishes and restores the shine and appearance of the stone.
Polished marble floor in a hallway