Marble turns out to be one of the best flooring materials you can use to give your rooms that natural, sophisticated and luxurious look. Indeed marble flooring has become very popular right across the world. It is however important to note that there are different types of marble and each of them transforms the look of a room in different ways since they are available in different colours and hues including red, green, white, brown and black among other colours.
Marbles are generally grouped into three; Magnesium, Dolomite and Calcite. While Magnesium is made up of anything between 5% and 40% Magnesium, Dolomite is made up of 40% Magnesium carbonate. On the other hand, Calcite contains a maximum of 5% Magnesium carbonate. Although there are very many types of marble that you can use, below are some of the most popular.
Carrara – This type of marble is very common in both Roman and Greek statues and fountains. Not only is it the lightest of all marbles but also pure white.
Breccia – This is one type of marble that is available in different colours including red and deep brown. Apart from floor, this type of marble is also used on counter tops.
Calacatta – This type is similar in many ways to Carrara. It however has different characteristics. Of the two, Calacatta is bolder and has visible lines. It also turns out to be warmer than Carrara.
Limestone – Limestone is probably the most common marble flooring materials available. It can be beige or tan and does very good when used on bathroom floors. It however turns out to be soft and porous, making it highly susceptible to damage.
A common trend that has emerged in marble flooring is where homeowners do not use actual marble but cultured marble instead. Cultured marble simply refers to a mixture of marble dust and cement in proportions.