Ceramic Marble Floor
"Great communication, quality work, would recommend. Ken was easy to work with. The communication was great throughout the process and he was honest about our options. The pricing was reasonable as well. The refinished floors look beautiful and the new hardwood looks great as well. My only complaint would be that they didn't fill in the nail holes in the new hardwood so I had to go back and do that myself. We are very happy with the floors and would use them again."
~ Chris from Crofton, MD
"We had the most wonderful experience with FloorGem. My husband and I knew very little about refinishing our floors. Ken was so knowledgeable and helpful. He explained all of our options and the benefits of each. The project was completed on time and on budget. There were no surprises. I couldn't believe how clean our house was when we returned. There was very little dust and the floors look absolutely amazing! We can't thank Ken and his team enough!"
~ Jess from Catonsville, MD
"FloorGem did a great job. The floors look great! They returned the following day to be sure we were satisfied."
~ Kelly from Columbia, MD
"Ken is wonderful. He gave very helpful advice about my project, even when it meant not doing a piece of work. The bamboo floor his guys installed is lovely, and very well done. I only gave four stars instead of five because the tile installer was not as much of an expert as the wooden floor installers were. I would certainly recommend this company."
~ Susan from Washington, DC
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There's no denying it. People are naturally drawn to marble floors. Maybe it's the timeless appearance, the fact that it's not manmade, or simply that it stands out as an elegant addition to any home. Either way, there's no denying its popularity when it comes to surface renovations, and this is especially true for the most used section of the house: your floors. In fact, the most high-end of products, marble flooring, has made a serious jump in terms of sales and installation. Why is this? Well, there are many reasons marble floors are back in style, but the real question is: Were they ever out of style?Why Marble?
Marble adds instant value to a home, never needs replacing, and has that aged, European style that's always fashionable. And though it was once rare and exotic, it's now become much more accessible. For instance, it used to be imported only from Italy, but now it s mined throughout the entire world. It was once only available in giant slabs that required custom-fitting, but now marble flooring comes in tiles that are easily installed. But this doesn't mean it still doesn't retain its original value. It continues to have characteristics that people enjoy-the unique shades, the high polish, and the sophisticated sheen. It's just that with tiles you have more options. You can now make interesting patterns and mosaics, buy any color to match any design style (rustic Tuscan or simple chic), or create other features in the home (backsplashes, fireplaces, or even countertops).Types of Marble Flooring
When considering marble flooring, you should be familiar with a few terms:
Glad you asked! Though marble floors certainly add value to the home and have become more accessible, they can be a bit pricey. Therefore, it may be best to use it sparingly: install it in a foyer or small bathroom as opposed to an entire kitchen. There are imitation vinyl tiles available that may be a less expensive alternative.
Also, while marble is virtually maintenance-free (little risk of scratching, cracking, or chipping), it may require occasional re-sealing-annually for a kitchen or bath, every two years of other areas. And no matter which style you prefer, it should be polished and buffed when it gets dull.
Since it's made of rock, marble floors can feel a little cold, both literally and figuratively. If over-installed, it can be a bit hard and cavernous, and in the winter it can get downright chilly to the toes (but this means in the summer, it provides some natural cooling). Unless you want the house to feel like a concert hall or court room, you may want to put down some nice rugs to warm things up (polished stone can get slick though, so make sure you have enough traction beneath these carpets and your feet as well).
Finally, marble is porous, so it can absorb dirt and it isn't stain resistant. Therefore, it will need to be cleaned often with some soap and warm water. Note: Its sheen can be hurt by any acidic materials, so when cleaning never use commercial products containing chlorine.