Offices are where we spend most of our lives in the race to make money and grow in our overall lives. The interiors of our office make a considerable impact on our psyche and affect our overall outlook towards work. A vibrant interior helps open our mind to new ideas and instills vigor and zeal in the today’s article we will discuss specifically on flooring materials for use in office interiors. The flooring option is focus will be marble. Marble is a wonder stone it occurs naturally and is formed through years of changes in the earths crust. Marble compared to tiles is superior in overall usage as it is natural and through and through full bodied. Marble lasts very long and has a high durability. It comes in various colors and patterns from across the world. In India marble is mined heavily in Rajasthan. Examples of some popular Indian marbles are makrana white, udaipuri green, katni, kota stone etc.
In India marbles are imported from all over the world due to a high demand in the domestic market. Top countries where India imports from are Italy and Greece. Italian marbles are exquisite and used widely by the rich and famous in India. Popular varieties are bottachino, perlato, emperador, lavante, dyna, desert beige, black marquina and golden portoro. A very popular greek marble is sattvario. The most expensive variety comes in the form of onyx marbles. They can range from anything upwards from Rs. 1500/- Sqft. Common Italian marbles cost somewhere between Rs.250-300 per Sqft. The cost for laying marble as per today’s rates is Rs. 30 /Sqft for cement and mortar and Rs. 35/ Sqft for labor. Polishing costs an additional Rs. 35-40/ Sqft. Wastage should be taken as 20% average.
While buying marble from dealers care should be taken in ensuring the slabs are not cracked. Also certain marbles are more brittle in nature and certain marbles are strong. So it is important to confirm this aspect before buying. For example Dyna is a very hard marble.
Marble flooring in an office interior is a great choice as it hashigh durability and givesa premium look. Itsshiny surface reflects light and creates a vibrant atmosphere in the office. A simple buffing or polish of the marble once every six months keeps the flooring shine alive.
Though a little expensive over the long run marble proves a more economical bet as it goes on for a lifetime. In an office marble flooring can be used in passageways, conference rooms, common areas, the foyer, reception ad senior executive cabins. A mix of different marbles can be used to make creative flooring patterns. In the market there are also readymade borders and highlighters that can be used.
While laying marble or cutting ensure that the contractor uses special blades for Italian marble. Using a cheap blade can cause the edges to break. If the edges are chipped then the joints come out uneven and spoil the finish of the marble. Wherever joints occur readymade pastes of matching colors can be used to flush out the seams by grouting. On steps it is better to have the edges either chamfered or rounded to avoid injury. If you want to further enhance the look of your office use marble to clad the pillars or walls.