Every home has its own requirements and needs. Flooring is one of the most important issues while planning for a new home, or considering to remodel one. There are different types of flooring available in the market and you should choose one that fits well within your budget and is suitable for your needs. The flooring of the house depend a lot on the climatic behaviour of its location. Consider the pros and cons of every flooring material before you select ones that suits your home. People get confused while selecting the perfect flooring for their homes, there are many questions that come to their mind. Try contacting a reliable flooring company in your area to get your doubts cleared.

Here are some answers to tile installation FAQ, marble flooring and installation FAQ that may help you in making your selection.

    1. What are the different types of natural stones?

The basic types of natural stones, available for flooring are travertine, marble, slate and granite. All of them are sturdy and can withstand exposure and pressure. Some of these stones, like travertine and marble needs more maintenance than the others. Choose one that suits your budget and your requirement.

    1. Why do natural stones require sealing?

All stones need sealing. The softer ones, like marble and travertine must be kept sealed to avoid them getting stained. In contrast, granite is a hardier material that are stain resistant. The softer stones need to be sealed efficiently to avoid damage. It is recommended that a penetrating sealer be used to protect these beautiful stones.

    1. What stones should preferably be used for kitchen counters?

Granite is the preferred stone for kitchen counters as it is harder than the others and ca withstand a large amount of heat and moisture. It is also resistant up to a certain level to citrus acid, which can dissolve stones like marble and travertine.

    1. Where can marble tiles be used?

Marble is a very versatile stone and can be used in high traffic areas. The variety in colours and texture of marble has made it a builders’ favourite over centuries. Marble tiles can be used in hallways, bathrooms, kitchens, foyers and anywhere else, except as kitchen counters where the presence of citric acid is inevitable.

    1. I have marble tiled floors, what is the best way to keep them clean?

The best way to keep marble tiles clean is to keep it clear off dirt, dust and sand brought in from outdoors. These microscopic substances causes scratches on the soft stone surface which extends over the days. The easiest way to keep a marble floor clean is to use a broom to dust off the particles and then get it cleared with a damp cloth. It is recommended that you wipe off any accidental spills, especially those of fruit juices as these are acidic in nature. No bleach or vinegar should be used to clean marble tiles, you will get specially formulated marble floor cleaners which can be used with water to keep the stones shining.

    1. What is meant by “tile spacers”?

Tile spacers are required for tile installation. The spacers can be of plastic, rubber, wood or rope. They are spaced along the floor evenly to maintain uniformity of the spacing between the tiles.

    1. Are tile floors slippery and dangerous?

Unlike the general belief, all tiles are not slippery and all tile floorings are not dangerous to walk on. Textured floor tiles are available in the market, which are ideal for floors. You will find a suitable tile with an increased degree of slip resistance according to your preference. You can also get a slip resistant coating done on your tile floors after installation, to fortify them further.

    1. Is it safe to use tiles around the kitchen hob and/or fireplaces?

Tiles are manufactured to be heatproof and can safely be used around a kitchen stove/hob or a fireplace. However, it is recommended that you use heat resistant adhesives and binding materials to keep them safe and last long. The advantages of using tiles in these areas are that they can be easily cleaned, and also that they are available in various textures, sizes, designs and colors and thus are ideal to be creative with.

    1. What are vapour barriers or moisture barriers that are recommended for laminate floorings?

Vapour or moisture barriers are thin films made of polyethylene that serves as a barrier for moisture from the subsurface to enter into a laminated floor. They are needed when you have a subsurface made of stone, concrete, asphalt and other mineral containing materials. The reason behind this is, these mineral containing substances precipitates under certain climatic conditions and cause damage to the flooring.

    1. Where can laminated floors be installed in a home?

Laminated floors can be installed anywhere in a home, except where there is excess moisture exposure. It is best that you avoid a laminated floor in your bath and use glass or ceramic tiles instead.

You can call us on 561-601-6653  Or E-Mail at kgmarbleinc@yahoo.com with ANY FLOORING REQUIREMENTS in Florida. We are the expert flooring and tile installers in Palm Beach, Martin County and Broward County area.

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