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Polished: One of the prized characteristics of a marble floor is its ability to take a very high polish. This allows the material to be buffed until it glistening in the light, and is perfectly smooth to the touch. In lighter colored marbles, polished tiles will actually glow, with the light of the room penetrating slightly into the stone and then illuminating it with a soft shadow of light. There are several drawbacks to polished marble floors. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Marble floor tile options


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Marble Floor Tile Options
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  • Polished One of the prized characteristics of a
    marble floor is its ability to take a very high
    polish. This allows the material to be buffed
    until it glistening in the light, and is
    perfectly smooth to the touch. In lighter colored
    marbles, polished tiles will actually glow, with
    the light of the room penetrating slightly into
    the stone and then illuminating it with a soft
    shadow of light.
  • There are several drawbacks to polished marble
    floors.

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  • First of all, they are very slippery, especially
    in wet environments. They also tend to take and
    show physical damage very readily. The surface
    can be scratched which will create mars in the
    perfect polished surface of the stone. These
    blemishes will be more visible in darker solid
    colored marble materials than in light or single
    colored tiles.

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  • Honed The process of honing takes a piece of
    marble and grinds it down until it is flat and
    smooth, but not to the point where it is slippery
    and polished. These tiles allow you to have the
    beauty of marble in a space, without having to
    worry as much about slipping hazards.
  • Unfortunately honed marble often does not have
    the vibrant colors that polished materials will
    have. Often the hues will seem a little faded and
    washed out compared to the similar material in a
    polished finish. Honed marble also still has a
    relatively low coefficient of friction, and can
    be scratched if not cared for properly.

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  • Tumbled Tumbling marble is a process that is
    very similar to using a rock tumbler in your
    home. Old broken, chipped, or scratched tiles are
    placed in a large machine and then sent
    tumbling for a set period of time. When the
    material is taken out the tiles have rounded
    edges and a stripped surface that gives them a
    rustic, natural look.

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  • With tumbled marble, each piece you get is going
    to be slightly different. The tiles themselves
    will be fairly standard in size, but the shapes
    will vary slightly, and not every piece will be
    an exactly perfect right-angled square. You may
    also have some pieces that are polished and
    others that have a stripped honed surface. This
    irregularity is part of the appeal of using honed
    materials. However, you will want to lay out a
    floor to make sure that the finished look of your
    design flows attractively.

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  • Sizes While marble is available in slab form it
    is generally not installed in floors. Marble
    slabs are extremely expensive, and anything
    except a perfect installation can result in a
    slab floor cracking. In addition, it is nearly
    impossible to properly repair a marble slab
    floor, and replacement is of course, very
    expensive.
  • Marble floor tiles are available in a variety of
    sizes.
  • 12 X 12 tiles are the standard and are
    generally 3/8 thick.
  • 16 X 16 tiles are also available and are
    usually 7/16 thick.
  • 24 X 24 tiles are usually the biggest available
    and come in ½ thickness.

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  • These tiles sizes can be cut down to practically
    any size and shape, but it is most cost effective
    to divide them by even multiples.
  • For instance a12 X 12 marble tile can be cut
    down into 3, 4, or 6 squares and the entire
    tile will be used. However, a 5 square will
    leave two inches of material wasted in each tile.

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  • Mosaics Marble is often available in a variety
    of mosaic cuts. These can either be small
    individual chips or mesh mounted chips laid on
    backing. In some cases, you will be able to buy
    medallions or patterns where the marble colors
    are arranged on the mesh mount to create
    attractive and colorful displays.

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  • Size Considerations With Marble Tiles With all
    tiles floors, the bigger the tile, the fewer
    grout lines you will have. Grout is one of the
    most susceptible parts of a tile floor
    installation, and the presence of more grout
    lines will mean that the floor will require more
    maintenance to keep it protected against stains
    and water damage.
  • Marble, Stone, and Ceramic Hard Tile
    Floors Marble Construction Information

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  • Colors Marble is available in dozens of
    different colors. The exact look of each tile is
    slightly different from any other, with unique
    hues being present based on the chemicals that
    are there when the marble forms. There are two
    major types of marble when it comes to color
    solid, and multicolored. Solid marble tiles will
    be predominantly a single shade, such as white,
    or red. Multi-colors will have several different
    colors, which will be arranged in the surface of
    each stone differently.

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  • Natural Stone TR. L.L.C  Sharjah P.O.Box.
    69128 United Arab Emirates 971 6 5352252  971
    564081731  contactus_at_naturalstoneuae.com
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