As a result of the vigorous real estate market activity in Bahrain lately and Gulf region in general interior design grabbed the users’ attention especially those who are willing to buy a new home or refurbish their old house.

By the phase of furnishing and designing many questions emerge before owners which need decisiveness as they could define the whole theme of the house.

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Comparisons in respect of pros and cons could be misleading for most readers so we preferred tackling the difference between wood and marble flooring through common characteristics. We prefer to give audience more space to choose according to their priorities of thoughts and characteristics.

Wood

Marble

Characteristics

   China is the biggest provider of wood floors

 Most marble in the market is exported from chinaSome tend to import European marble especially from Italy and TurkeyOmani marble is also of good quality and has a good reputation in the market

Source

Wood floor could last from 50 to 60 years with good maintenance and cleaning Marble is a sustainable product lives for long time

It’s more expensive than wood, it costs from 250 to 500 SAR for meter

Age

 Needs special treatment; keep it away from water must be cleaned from stains regularlyNeeds repolish every 4 to 5 years Needs to be repolished and cleaned every 5 to 6 years

Maintenance

 Wood is installed over tiled surfacInsulating surface mostly of foam is added before wood to protect it and muffle its sound  Cut to pieces proportional in size with the room spaceLevel the ground before adding marble tiles using sand

Installation

Wood is better for cold regionsIt’s suitable for bedrooms and living roomsWood floors are more compatible with classic furniture Marble is better for hot regionsIt’s suitable for vast areas, entrances and corridorsIt’s better for kitchens and bathroomsMarble is more compatible with modern furniture

 

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