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Pros and cons of marble flooring in kitchens

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Among flooring materials, none is more elegant and luxurious than natural stone. The term "natural stone" refers to a variety of mountain-born mineral substances that stand in contrast to any synthetic or manufactured stone products. Common natural stone flooring includes slate, marble, limestone, travertine, granite, and sandstone—each of which has slightly different properties. It's important to understand the characteristics of the type of stone flooring tile you are purchasing in order to determine whether it is appropriate for a specific location. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Pros and cons of marble flooring in kitchens


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Pros and Cons of Marble Flooring in Kitchens
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  • Marble is one of the most elegant flooring
    materials you can choose for your kitchen. All
    natural, it is harvested from the belly of a
    mountain in great slabs of stone, which are then
    sliced down and refined into the individual
    tiles, slabs, and mosaics that are used in
    standard construction processes.
  • Historically, marble flooring has been associated
    with a sense of wealth and opulence. It is a
    material that has adorned the palaces of kings
    and queens, and it been used in some of the great
    works of art and architecture produced throughout
    human history.
  • When installed in a kitchen, it can create a
    sense of sophistication that will carry
    throughout the atmosphere of the room.

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Benefits of Marble Floors in Kitchens
  • Color Marble tiles and slabs are available in a
    wide variety of colors. There are also
    multicolored marble materials available, which
    feature a variety of hues arranged in the surface
    of each piece. Since marble is a natural flooring
    material, each piece is going to look slightly
    different from the other, giving each tile its
    own unique personality.When marble is quarried,
    it is extracted in large sheets called slabs.
    These slabs contain natural features that form a
    symphony of colors across the surface of the
    piece. When the slab is sliced down into more
    manageable sizes, each piece is a section of that
    original natural picture. While it is impossible
    to perfectly reassemble these pieces, an
    installation of a single material will feature
    pieces that tend to match one another.

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  • Polish Unlike many other stone flooring
    materials, marble is a very hard stone surface
    that can take an extremely high polish. This
    allows manufacturers to get the surface of marble
    extremely smooth and shiny. Polishing also tends
    to bring out the colors in the stone, making them
    more noticeable and dramatic.
  • Natural material Marble is an all-natural
    material that is created by the earth. That means
    that it is eco-friendly and bio-degradable, and
    will not cause pollution at the end of its
    functional life.

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  • Light transmission One of the reasons that
    marble has so often been used in great works of
    sculpture is that it has a slightly translucent
    quality. When used for flooring, this quality
    allows illumination to penetrate the surface of
    some lighter-colored marble materials, giving the
    material a slight glow. Even in darker marbles,
    the play of light across the surface of the stone
    can be quite lovely.

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Drawbacks of Marble Kitchen Floors
  • High cost Marble is one of the more expensive
    kitchen flooring materials on the market, and
    individual 12 x 12 tiles can cost upwards of
    5-10 per sq ft. When dealing with mosaics,
    larger tiles, slabs and non-standard sizes, the
    price can be even higher.
  • Slippery surfaces When polished, marble
    flooring has a very low coefficient of friction,
    meaning that it may present a slipping hazard.
    This is especially true in a kitchen where water
    and other liquids may occasionally spill on the
    ground. This can be offset to some extent by the
    use of floor mats.

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  • Can be scratched A polished marble tile is
    relatively easy to scratch meaning that over
    time your kitchen floor may be marred by the
    moving of furniture and the clicking of heels.
    Repairing a scratched marble tile is a difficult
    job and usually requires the assistance of a
    professional.
  • Can be stained Marble has a slightly alkaline
    composition, which means that whenever an acidic
    substance interacts with it, a chemical reaction
    will occur, in the form of a rather noticeable
    stain. In a kitchen, you will often have acidic
    liquids such as sauces and fruit juices splashing
    and spilling onto the floor, putting the marble
    in danger of permanently staining.

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  • Complicated maintenance In order to prevent
    stains, a marble kitchen floor will have to be
    properly sealed with a manufacturer- recommended
    surface-barrier sealing chemical. This creates an
    invisible layer over the marble, protecting it
    from staining agents and acidic materials. You
    will have to reapply this sealant to the marble
    floor periodically, every six to twelve months,
    in order to maintain the appearance of the tiles.
  • Expensive and difficult to replace Marble is
    expensive to install and relatively difficult to
    remove. While proper maintenance should ensure
    that your marble kitchen floor lasts for years,
    when it does come time to replace it, you may
    find that installing a new floor directly over
    the marble is easier than trying to remove and
    replace it.

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  • Environmental concerns While marble is an
    all-natural product, there are some concerns that
    the quarrying process may cause environmental
    problems through the use of mining and equipment
    emissions. Marble is also heavy, so you have to
    consider the pollution effects and energy
    consumption that is inherent when materials are
    shipped from overseas.

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Marble suppliers in uae
  • Natural Stone TR. L.L.C SharjahP.O.Box.
    69128United Arab Emirates971 6 5352252 971
    564081731 contactus_at_naturalstoneuae.com
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