Marble is one of many options for those looking to install new floors in their home or business, but marble should be considered carefully before being purchased. A long lasting flooring product, marble has been used as a building material for thousands of years because of its durability. While marble flooring has many advantages, such as it's extreme hardness, there is also a plethora of disadvantages to installing marble flooring.
Perhaps the biggest drawback of installing marble in the home is the cost. Costing between $4 and $8 per square foot, not including the cost of installation, marble is a very expensive natural material. Due to the weight and difficult of installing marble, marble cannot be self-installed but must be installed by a professional marble installer.
Marble is a very cold material, making it uncomfortable to stand on during colder times of the year. While warmer climates have an easier time enduring the relative chill of marble flooring, homeowners in cold climates should reconsider this material. The coldness of this material makes it more ideal for business offices than for homes. Homes with marble installations will require a lot of rugs to be comfortable, but marble will never produce a cozy feel.
Though this may at first appear to be an advantage, the hardness of marble can also be a distinct disadvantage. While marble cannot be scratched or damaged by usual wear and tear, such as pets, kids and shoe scuffs, marble also has no give. Marbles inability to absorb shock makes it hard on human joints. No fragile material that falls on marble will survive, so marble is not ideal for kitchens where glass might be dropped.
Acid and Chlorene Damage
Marble is weak to acidic products, such as tomatoes, vinegar and lemon, making marble less than ideal for kitchen installations where cooking occurs. Acidic materials will most certainly stain marble, so marble should never be exposed to circumstances where acids could come in contact with a marble surface. Marble is also vulnerable to chlorinated cleaning products, so any product containing chlorine should not be used on marble surfaces as chlorine dulls marble's shine.
Marble flooring requires intense upkeep to stay looking beautiful. While marble is a highly sturdy, durable material, it will not hold its luster without frequent polishing. Daily sweeping, dry dusting and mopping help to keep marble looking its best, but regular professional cleaning and polishing are needed to sustain marble flooring. This disadvantage increases the cost of marble installations because professional cleaning can be expensive.