Margraf excels when it comes to matching and selecting marble finishes, sizes and shapes that can enhance the exteriors of private homes, residential complexes, hotels and public spaces. This is because they have vast experience of marble processing and as such offer a range of natural materials for contemporary architecture and construction.
They also offer their own vision of space, giving a one-of-a-kind, unmistakable flavour not only to external cladding and ventilated facades, but also to stairways, designer fountains, benches and flower pots.
The unique materials embellish buildings and create a modern, refined sense of elegance, meeting the design, durability and resistance needs of their demanding clientele. The company has a wide range of marble in modular sizes, starting from 30×30, 40×40 and 30x60cm. There is also a 30/40cm free-length option. They all start from 3cm in thickness.
All Margraf marbles for external paving have undergone freezing and thawing test cycles in accordance with the UNI EN 1341:2003 standard and proved to be freeze-resistant and hence suitable for even the coldest temperatures.
Margraf’ss technological research has led to the development of several surface finishes that can be used to give distinctive visual results and exceptional slip resistance and safety, especially for exterior paving. Examples include:
1. Bush-hammering: This process gives marble a rustic appearance while eliminating any differences and variations. The effect is obtained using a hammer with pyramidal points, and the end-result can range from being extremely coarse to very fine, with various intermediate degrees of finishes.
2. Scoring: This involves scoring the surface to create narrow parallel strikes with diamond-coated discs or a wide range of tools with variable profiles.
3. Flaming: Oxygen and gas are used in this process. A flame is applied to the surfaces to be treated at a high temperature (2 500 to 3 000°C), causing them to undergo thermal shock. This makes them dilate and crack. The surface texture will appear rough and embossed. Flaming is especially recommended for exteriors, but it must be used wisely and is only suitable for marble that is resistant to sharp temperature changes.
Marble is a beautiful product and with these effects you can create a unique effect that will enhance the look and feel of any space, especially the outdoors.
For more information, visit www.margraf.it.
A night view on the exterior marble makes the space appear chic, especially when focusing on the light cast upon the marble walls.
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