Attractive, stylish forever
Among materials, marble seems to be still going strong despite the recent advances in ceramic and vitrified tiles and holds the top position in customer choice.
It is amazing to see how certain ideas and practices defeat the onslaught of modernity. They simply continue to rule the construction world unfazed, while many others phase out. Among materials, marble claims such a position, which despite recent advances in ceramic and vitrified tiles holds the top position in customer choices. Globalisation has added more values to this wonder material, with imported varieties also flooding the market.
The wide range of coloured marbles makes it an ideal choice for interiors, where colour matching is a major concern. The imported marble offers more choices in colour and pattern, but is much softer, hence has surface cracks.
While epoxy coating helps in concealing them, they have chemical-based finish, hence not very ideal. Though the surface of imported slabs takes excellent polish, the cracks become increasingly visible with wear-and-tear across the years. Generally with a much higher price tag, the imported marble could be considered if no other viable alternative in Indian marble is preferred.
Polymerised composite marble is a new trend during the recent years. Powdered marble is mixed with epoxy glue compound as needed to generate blemish-free, crack-free, ready-to-use marble slabs to perfect dimensions in never seen new patterns. Since we can create much richer appearance in these industrialised processes, they can be produced with high reflective surface, even pattern, seemingly invisible joints and luxurious looks. While they have the said advantage, besides saving time in laying, their embodied energy and costs are so high that the choice should be considered on a judicious ground. After all, they are artificial products.
The little drawbacks…
Generally marble is among the cool materials, with low heat absorption, making it a good choice in warmer regions. However, people who sense cold faster than others and are vulnerable to health issues, end up wearing up home slippers! Another contradiction in marble is the way it shines after polish and stains because of sparse use. Areas under less use like room corners appear much dull compared to the central areas where people routinely walk, indirectly polishing them and keeping them fresh and shining.
But despite such negative marks, marble continues to score high in construction industry.