Marble floors…are they worth it?
Are you looking to class-up your home? Are you wanting to turn heads when people walk into your abode? Then get marble flooring! Marble floors are luxurious and exquisite. A marble floor will single-handedly make a home beautiful. The beauty of marble is well-documented and well-known, but what else does it offer? What puts marble over the top to make it worth the investment?
Marble is a naturally hard stone. It is not quite as hard as some other natural stones such as granite and quartz, but it is not too far behind. Point being, it is difficult to damage marble. It can withstand heavy impacts without cracking or chipping. Also, marble is heat-resistant. If this floor type filters into your kitchen space, you won’t need to worry if a hot pan or an oven tray comes in contact with your marble. If properly maintained (keep reading), marble can last for the lifetime of a home. In fact, it may very well outlast your existence in a home. Thus, marble will add significant value to a house when/if it is placed on the market. Ultimately, the amount marble adds to the resale value of a home will far outweigh the amount it was purchased and installed for.
A historically deterring quality of marble is its porous nature. Porous, meaning susceptible to water. Liquids like water, juice, and wine can infiltrate the surface of marble and cause permanent stains. This occurrence is especially problematic if a liquid, or any of its remnants, are left without being cleaned. However, the days in which porosity threatened marble have come and gone. Nowadays, there are sealants available to prevent liquid from seeping beyond the surface of marble. Sealing marble is a MUST. If it is not sealed, it is subject to stains. The last thing you want is to pay a hefty sum for your marble just for it to be tainted by an accidental wine spill.
Cost vs. Benefit
Typically, marble will cost in the range of $30-$80 per square foot. That is for the material alone. Marble comes in a number of designs and colors; therefore, the cost will vary based on the particular slab chosen. Installation will likely cost $30-$50 per hour. Keep in mind, marble installation is not a do-it-yourself project. Professional labor will be needed if you want the job done right. Additionally, marble needs to be sealed as soon as it is installed and resealed every 6 months to a year. Sealing marble will cost around $200.
In all, marble is pricey. There is no sugarcoating that. On the other hand, it is extremely appealing and will last virtually forever if it is cared for. Much of the responsibility falls on the homeowner to keep marble in good condition after it is installed. If you do, it’s a guarantee that it will be worth every penny.
If you are sold on marble flooring, or even if you prefer another type of flooring, Pro Flooring is your top source for installation! We offer installation for many flooring types. You can get in contact or schedule an appointment with us by phone, email, or web. You can also check out some of our completed projects through our website. Pro Flooring looks forward to helping you improve your home!