Marble is a classic choice for Minnetonka owners who want to use natural stone tile to create a beautiful and luxurious aesthetic. This lovely example of metamorphic rock is available in a wide array of different colors and finishes to suit almost any style. Keep reading to learn more about marble tile from the experts at Floor Coverings International Southwest Metro Minneapolis. We’re here to answer questions and help you decide if marble tile is the right choice for your next project.
Why Choose Marble?
Depending on where it’s quarried, marble’s natural colors include black, soft grays, warm golden-creams, and brilliant whites. One of its most defining visual traits is the contrasting vein of color that run throughout the stone and give it its distinct appearance. Depending on how it’s finished, Marble tile also has a beautiful shine and almost translucent quality that helps to create a subtle feeling of space. When paired with a clever use of lighting, even darker shades of marble can make a room feel larger and create striking visual contrasts.
The glassy surface of polished marble is know for being cold to the touch, however it can be paired with radiant heating to create a more pleasant experience on chilly winter days. Polished marble can also be slippery, especially when wet. This can be mitigated by using a less glossy finish – such as honed, brushed, or tumbled – for tiles that are intended to be installed in areas where slipping could be a concern.
It’s important to note that unsealed marble is a porous material that will absorb liquids – possibly resulting in discoloration. It is also a softer stone that is prone to scratches and dents. Fortunately, both of these potential issues are easily resolved by making sure the marble is properly sealed. Indeed, sealed marble is an extremely popular choice for kitchen counters, backsplashes, and bathrooms.
Quality marble is a valuable natural stone and it does not come cheap. However, this luxury material can be a solid investment in terms of both monetary and aesthetic value. Owners with more limited budgets might consider using marble tile in smaller areas or as accents pieces.
Contact Floor Coverings International Southwest Metro Minneapolis today to schedule a free on-site design consultation to learn how marble tile can be incorporated into your next project. Our expert designers will come with samples for you to find the perfect match. We proudly serve the Minnetonka, Chanhassen, Eden Prairie, St. Louis Park areas!