We love tile in the southwest. That’s just a fact—even if you live in the colder northern part of Arizona. But there are so many different types of tile, it can be hard to know where to begin! While the sheer number of flooring options might be enough to make you feel like you’re losing your marbles, we at Floor Coverings International Flagstaff hope that this post will help you clear things up when it comes to one type of tile flooring: marble.
Marble is a distinctive, classic option for homeowners in Flagstaff, Sedona, and surrounding areas. Read on to learn more about this amazing material!
What is Marble?
Although many people tend think of pure white columns and towering sculptures such as Michelangelo’s David, this majestic material can also be the source of awe as a flooring choice for Flagstaff homes.
According to the MOHS, or “measurement of hardness scale,” marble is a soft stone compared to firmer options such as quartz and granite. Marble contains a large amount of the mineral calcite, which makes it easy to cut. No wonder it’s such a popular choice for sculptors!
However with a proper seal and maintenance, marble makes a great and enduring flooring choice. The fact that its beauty is unrivaled among natural stone options is probably why marble has always historically been the flooring of choice for royal places, such as the Marble Palace in Calcutta.
While marble is often thought of as a pure white stone, it often has
“veins” of blue or gray. Believe it or not, marble comes in a wide variety of colors depending on the minerals where the stone was formed and subsequently quarried. The colors range from a pale pink to dark black and green. Purple and blue are also seen in rare cases. Each natural tile is completely unique.
Caring for Marble and Other Considerations
Cleaning and maintaining marble is fairly easy as spills are easy to wipe and clean. However, it’s important to remember that cleaning with an abrasive liquid could cause damage to your floors.
Another thing to consider is that marble offers the opportunity to use radiant subfloor heating—a great choice for Northern
Arizona homeowners weathering out a long winter.
If you admire the look of marble but don’t want the maintenance of a natural stone floor, consider a ceramic or vinyl, which can closely imitate the appearance of marble. These alternative materials are easy to maintain and don’t necessarily require a seal for the entire floor.
Start Your Next Flooring Project
Choose marble if you want to create a stately room, such as an entrance, foyer—or use tile in the bathroom to create a luxurious spa experience. If you want a wide variety of marble options at competitive prices, get in touch with us to schedule a free, in-home visit from the Floor Coverings International Flagstaff mobile showroom. Contact us today!