Friday, June 21, 2013
Sure, it's expensive to buy and have installed. It must be cared for properly to keep it from staining or being scratched or gouged. It makes guests green with envy and homeowners sweat.
But it's so beautiful, and even in small quantities it says luxury, quality and magnificence.
What am I talking about? Marble flooring- it's been around for ages and is making a huge comeback in home remodeling. Here are five reasons to go with marble instead of linoleum.
All over the world there are marble floors that were laid down thousands of years ago and are as beautiful today as they were then. Check out The Greek (400 B.C.) and Roman (27 B.C.) Parthenons, the Aztec Temple of Tenochtitlan (1400's), The Taj Majal (1633-1635) and The Lincoln Memorial (1922). All used marble extensively. It's proven that it doesn't wear out even after millions of feet have passed over its surfaces.
It's a DIY Project
Ah, that makes it far more affordable than having to hire professionals. Laying marble tiles isn't that much different than travertine or ceramic tiles. This is a perfect DIY (do-it-yourself) project for any room in the house. A marble bathroom floor or countertop just looks classy. Since marble comes in all kinds of colors and patterns, the choices for projects is virtually unlimited.
It Adds Value to Your Home
Few upgrades during remodeling add as much resale value to the house as marble flooring. Linoleum or faux wood tiles are scoffed at and look cheap. Install marble tile flooring and suddenly people are not only coming back to look again, but to make offers. Tastefully done, marble flooring can add thousands to your home's resale value.
For those who are allergic to dust and have trouble with carpets, marble is a perfect choice. It's naturally resistant to bacteria and allergen buildup. Fungus doesn't grow on it at all, and mold doesn't even try. A dust mop easily takes care of pet hair, dust and dirt.
It's Naturally Stain and Damage Resistant
Because of its density marble flooring is naturally resistant to scratches and stains. That doesn't mean that it is impervious, however. It still must be cared for properly so it can last with its beauty intact. Products made just for stone flooring and marble flooring aren't as expensive as they sound, and they can be found at any DIY store.
These are just five of the benefits of marble flooring. If you are looking at buying a home with an existing marble floor and it looks scratched or dull, call a professional to get estimates on refinishing. You may be pleasantly surprised to find it won't cost an arm and a leg, and with the floor restored to its glory, your guests will be jealous of you.