Factors To Consider When Repairing The Marble Floors

A marble is a very hard, metamorphic stone that is made of recrystallized limestone and when polished, it is transformed into a beautiful flooring. The marble floors are mostly complicated to install in a home and sophistication in marbles brings about class. Due to their crystalline nature, marbles can crack and also lose their shinyness when not polished. Repairing of marble floors can be a tedious and a prolonged task, therefore, some factors have to be considered when you repair the floors;

Factors

Floor structure

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Consideration of the wood floor structure beneath. While making marble floors, wood is pelted down first then marble is added on top. Despite the fact that marble stones have got a high comprehensive strength, they have low tensile strength. A tensile force is a type of force that occurs when you either pull or stretch something. Expansion of the wood floor surface beneath the marble floor could be a factor that led to the floor faultiness. Also, in case the marble floor is not stiff but springy, the below wood floor structure could be a factor that has to be considered due to the slight up and down movements that may bring about tension cracks.

Marble installer

The initially used marble installer. A mistake could have been made by the marble installer maybe by failing to incorporate a crack isolation membrane during the installation process. The isolation membranes are important in that they ensure floating of the marble floor on top of the sub floor hence any sideways movement of the sub floor is not transferable to the above marble floor.

Structure

The structure of the house. Marble cracks might be present especially on the surface of the bathrooms. The structure of the house should be considered as there could be structural problems manifesting themselves via the bathroom floor.

Plumbing

Plumbing problems such as lumber shrinkage mostly affect new homes. During a house construction process, lumbers used at the homes tends to acquire numerous unexpected amount of water and as the lumber takes long to dry out, the sub floor wood shrinks. The shrinking of the beneath wood surface causes tension forces that affect the marble floor. So the plumbing system should be considered.

Weather

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Weathering effects such as the wind, thermal temperature and rain deteriorate a marble surface in case a marble surface is exposed.  Marbles highly react when exposed to acids such as acidic rain water. In repairing of marble surfaces, one should be able to consider a wide variety of options.

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