Designing a staircase for a home or apartment building is a time-consuming task. There are several staircase styles that you can consider, and there is a large variety available even in terms of the material you want to use. Marble flooring can add elegance to any interior, and this is why marble stair designs never have and never will go out of fashion. Check out some considerations for building a marble staircase, as well as the prices of popular marble varieties that can be used to build the stairs.
Top Considerations for Marble Stair Designs
Building a marble staircase can be the best decision for your home’s interior, but only if you keep the following characteristics of marble flooring in mind:
- Fairly expensive
- Easily stained
- Unique patterns
- Bulky styles
- Extremely durable
- Slippery surface
Let’s discuss each of these considerations for marble staircase designs in detail below.
Since natural stone is fairly heavy and hard to cut, most marble staircases are bulky structures requiring a lot of space inside your home. Thus, if you want an intricate staircase design, marble might not be the best choice for you.
Natural stone is, however, always an eco-friendly option in comparison to vinyl and many other flooring options that are manufactured in factories in bulk.
Unfortunately, while being friendlier to the environment as a whole, marble can be quite expensive on your pocket, especially if you decide to build the staircase entirely out of carved stone.
Marble is a long-lasting and sturdy surface that will last for decades without needing repairs or renovations. It is also resistant to chipping and cracking, making it an extremely durable construction material.
You may need to get the marble surface polished and varnished from time to time to not only help it maintain its shine but also to give it a protective layer that prevents dark-coloured liquids and harsh chemicals from staining the marble.
Each piece of marble is entirely unique, even when it comes from the same quarry, meaning each step of the staircase has different patterns weaved through it and no two tiles or slabs will be entirely the same. This also means that your marble stairs remain unique and one of a kind forever.
Be careful when you install marble flooring on stairs though, as marble can be incredibly slippery, especially if the surface is wet or if you miss a step and slip down the stairs in a hurry. Since stone is quite hard, there’s also a risk of severe injuries in case of a fall.
Marble Staircase Styles for Homes and Apartment Buildings
Modern marble stair designs can be built in both private homes as well as residential apartment complexes. However, aside from the style of the staircase itself, which may include a straight, U-shaped, L-shaped, or even a curved or spiral set of steps, you will also need to determine whether the entire staircase will be built from carved natural stone.
Since marble is reasonably expensive, people often choose to use marble tiles to cover a staircase built of concrete, rather than building the staircase entirely of stone. This style is relatively common and pocket friendly and gives off the same finish and charm as if the stairs were constructed entirely of marble. You can also check out the popular types of flooring tiles in Pakistan and their prices for more options.
Another option to use marble in a staircase is to use slabs of marble for floating risers or steps, which not only makes the structure seem more modern and less bulky but also reduces the cost of the build without affecting its appeal.
Types of Marble to Use for Building a Staircase as Per Their Prices
Marble is a popular flooring choice in Pakistan, and there are several types available as tiles and slabs. We’ve elaborated a little on each of the varieties based on the prices of marble slabs in the market (as of June 2020), and you can read more about the prices of marble tiles in detail in our post on the types of marble flooring and their prices.
Less Than PKR 200 Per Square Feet for a Slab
Badal Grey and Tavera are two types of marble that are commonly used in homes in Pakistan. The first of these is available in greyish tones with streaks of black, brown, or white, while the second is a beige marble.
More Than PKR 200 Per Square Feet for a Slab
With brown to cream streaks, Botticino Fancy is another beige marble variety that can add a unique charm to your home. Grey Emperador is also a greyish variant that adds a touch of royalty to modern homes. The black and gold Michael Angelo marble also falls in this price range and is the perfect choice for black marble stairs.
More Than PKR 400 Per Square Feet for a Slab
An imported quality, Verona marble, is usually beige in colour but can have hues of pink or red as well. This marble usually has crystals embedded into its surface, and the fewer crystals it has, the better the quality. Another expensive marble variety is the Ziarat White, which originates from Ziarat in Balochistan and is often a pure white surface with streaks of grey.
Now you know all about the best marble stair designs in Pakistan and the prices of different types of marble to use for building your staircase. Stay tuned to Zameen Blog for more construction tips and advice. Email us at email@example.com with your queries and comments.