FAQ - Frequently Asked Question

Is it true that marble is much more expensive than ceramic?

Contrary to popular belief, marble often has very competitive prices compared to those of ceramic; especially when buying ceramic tiles of medium-high price range.
ATTENTION! Granite and marble floors often cost less, and above all, are natural.

What is the difference between marble and granite?

Marble and granite are two different types of rock: one is metamorphic, deriving from the transformation of sedimentary rocks, the other is igneous and consists primarily of quartz, orthoclase and biotite.
Due to its intrinsic characteristics, Granite is harder and keeps its polish for longer, even when attacked with acidic substances.

Which products are best suited for cleaning marble floors?

To clean marble floors it is advisable to use common detergents in clean water (especially for lighter floors).
For larger areas (such as shopping centres, airports, stations) it is preferable to use a floor washing machine able to suck up liquids and detergent residues.

How do you enhance the brightness of a marble counter top?

If you do not use any aggressive product, the brightness should be kept without any intervention, except for the application of hydro-oil repellent products, especially for kitchens and bathrooms.
To enhance brightness, specific waxes can be used, preferably water based, which can be purchased from authorised retailers.

Is it possible to lay marble when you have chosen to have underfloor heating?

Yes, it is possible, marble is a good conductor and is an advisable material.
However it is important to check that it is laid correctly, following the expansion joints provided in the footing below, in order to avoid possible cracks in the floor due to its expansion (in the event that it is laid without spaces).

What is the difference between classic Botticino and semi-classic Botticino?

Historically, Bottocino is defined as CLASSIC when certain characteristics are seen, namely: a clean base, smooth uniform beige colour with the presence of hazelnut, the classic ones, and the brown-gold vein more or less strong and thick, depending on the quarry of origin.
SEMICLASSIC Bottocino has some defects at the base, whitish marks and irregular veining. Currently, CLASSIC BOTTOCINO distinguishes the material origin and not the quality, i.e.: CLASSIC BOTTCINO is from the Bottocino area, SEMICLASSIC BOTTOCINO is from the surrounding area (Nuvolera, Nuvolentoande Serle), although often not differentiated from Classic Bottocino.

Which thickness and finishings are recommended for external floors?

For external floors, terraces, porches, paths and not driveways, 2 or 3 cm thickness is advisable depending on the material (also 1cm for certain materials and sizes). For driveways it is better to use a greater thickness according to the type of material chosen. The finishings especially advised for external use are bush-hammering, rolling or flaming which make the surfaces rough and slip-resistant, as required by EC regulations, which Marmolux complies to and supplies the relevant certification.

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