Maybe you have just bought a new home or a new place of business. Let’s say it was built or remodeled in the ’80s or even early ’90s.
There’s a marble entryway. You know marble is usually a more expensive floor to have installed than, let’s say, ceramic tile. And natural stone is a beautiful element.
But the problem is, the floor looks like this:
First, the color. Orange and grey really isn’t your thing. And it looks like patchwork. Now, this stone could in actually be all the same stone, just taken out of different parts of the quarry. But it looks like two entirely different stone types, doesn’t it? A little chaotic.
Second, the 12 inch tiles. I may be a snob when it comes to stone, so I feel that the one foot tiles look cheap. Screams Home Depot or Lowes (not that there is anything wrong with those fine companies). It just doesn’t impart elegance. Larger tiles, even just going up to 18 inches, showcases the natural beauty of the stone. The floor looks less chopped up and less patchworky.
Third, this floor has been crystallized to death. Crystallized is the most popular choice many maintenance companies use to maintain a polish on their stone. It’s fast and it can give you a quick shine. But it’s really not good for the stone, because it is manipulating the beilby layer on the stone. I’ll save the science on that for a different post.
But what happened is that instead of the nice, clear, sharp finish the stone is supposed to have, it looks like the stone has some kind of coating on it. And over time, the reflection is a little mottled or even like an orange-peel texture. If you saw this in real life (not telling you where it is), you would see the stones on the wall have a beautiful clear look and reflection, compared to the floor.
It is true that the finish of the floor can be fixed, although decades of crystallizing can destroy the stone and it can no longer be restored. But restoration is expensive, because in this case the floor would have to be ground down with metal- bonded diamonds to remove the crystallized layer.
So what should you do?
If you don’t like the look of the floor, the answer is simple: don’t keep it. Pursue your options of what removal and replacement would cost.
But if you do like it, give us a call and we would be happy to provide an estimate of what it would cost to restore your marble. Check out our website for more information on our marble services.
Contributed by Jen w