When choosing new tile for your floor, there are lots of product options on the market. Besides the look, there are other important features to think about like durability, maintenance, and regular cleaning. Marble tiles and porcelain tiles are two popular materials and both can be used in your next flooring project. Below, you will find everything you need to know about tiles.
What are the differences between Marble, Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles?
Porcelain Tiles and Ceramic tiles are man-made stone. They both mixture of clays and other natural materials. Porcelain is a newer form of ceramic tile that’s manufactured at much higher temperatures than ceramic tiles. This process makes porcelain tile denser and much harder. Porcelain less porous and less prone to moisture and stain absorption than ceramic tiles.
Marble Tiles: Marble is a natural stone. They are beautiful and always unique. Each piece of marble surface is different that gives it the unique appearance wherever it is installed.
Marble also can be used in any part of the house, including kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, dining rooms and foyers. Marble tile can be installed on the floor or on the walls.
Comparison Of Marble & Porcelain Tiles
Porcelain Tile Pros
More affordable than marble
Costs less to install
Extremely strong and dense
Resistant to stains, scratches and moisture
Easily cleaning, less maintenance
Porcelain Tile Cons
No impact on resale value
No unique colors
Marble Tile Pros
Wide variety of patterns and colors
Different surface finishes
Increases resale value
Marble Tile Cons
More expensive to install
Needs regular maintenance
Can be scratched
What are the types of natural stones ?
Granite, Marble, Travertine, Limestone, Slate, and Onyx are the main types of natural stone.
Granite is a hard rock that is found in various forms throughout the earth. Its durability and variety of colors make it the perfect material for many applications including kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces, floors and walls. Granite is the most popular type of stone used for kitchen countertops.
Marble is a crystallized stone formed in nature. It has beautiful natural colors and its high polish look of elegance and prosperity like no other material.
Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs. The main colors are beige, brown, cream, gold and some multicolor rusty varieties.
Limestone is a sedimentary stone comprised primarily of calcium deposits. Although it’s a softer material than marble or granite, it has been used indoors and outdoors throughout the history of mankind to create some of the world’s most famous architecture.
Slate is a dense, metamorphic rock produced by the compression of various sediments such as clay and shale. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use, it is available in a smooth or cleft finish.
Onyx is a fine grained form of quartz with bands of different colors. It is translucent, creating a spectacular effect when backlit. Available in a variety of colors like yellow and green.
What are the different stone finishes?
The surface of natural stone may be finished in a wide variety of ways.The most popular stone finishes are polished, honed and tumbled.
Polished: A polished finish has a highly reflective, shiny surface, which will display the stone’s colors as well as the character. The texture is very smooth and the full color, depth, and crystal structure is visible with a polished finish.
Honed (Matte): Honing process takes the shininess and reflective qualities that polished marble has. Instead, it has a more satin-feel, smooth touch.
Tumbled: Tiles are placed into a container along with rocks, water and sand. They are literally tumbled over and over while the sand, rocks and water wear down their edges and soften their finish. Tumbled tiles will have a soft, smooth and worn look to them.
Which tiles are less slippery?
Honed finish tiles
Tumbled finish tiles
Mosaics (mosaics has grout lines that makes floors non-slippery)
Please note whatever you install on bathroom floor if there’s water on it, it will be slippery. That’s why most bathrooms have floor mats where you step from shower.
NATURAL STONE CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE
What if I spill something on natural stone?
Once liquids spill on the surface of a natural stone, wipe it off immediately with cloth.
How do I clean natural stone?
To clean use regular soap, never use household detergent with bleach because it will seep through the surface and darken its color. Also, there are natural stone cleaners that you can use.
Do I have to seal natural stone?
Yes, natural stone needs to be sealed very 6 months to a year. This process will protect natural stone from absorbing any liquids. Don’t worry sealing is not a hard process, you can do it yourself. Natural stone sealers are sold in bottles with sprays. Just spray the sealer and wipe it off with a cloth.
How do I keep Natural Stone from staining?
Sealing the natural stone will protect it from staining.
How do I get rid off the stain from natural stone?
Most surfacestains can be removed by cleaning with an appropriate cleaning product. If you can’t remove the stain yourself, you might want to call a professional to do the job for you.
How do I determine if a tile is for wall or floor ?
Tile manufacturers and retailer sites provide a great deal of information to help you determine if tile is for wall or floor. Check under product specifications section in product detail. There are also products categories where wall tiles and flooring tiles are separately listed.
Which tile is recommended for bathroom floors?
Both natural stone tiles and porcelain tiles can be used for bathroom floor. (Some porcelain tiles are specifically for walls) One strict rule is do not use wall tiles on the floor.
How much is the tile installation?
We do not offer installation services, but we can always recommend an insured installer that can do the job for you. It’s always best to ask a professional to give you price on your tiling projects because there are many factors involved:
Condition of the existing floor: Does it require the existing floor to be removed? In any floor tiling project, the floor must be clean, leveled and sturdy enough to support of the weight of tile.
Tiles cannot be installed directly onto a wooden floor; cement backer boards might need to be installed at a cost of $4 to $7per square foot.
Porcelain tiles cost between $5 and $10 per square foot for installation.
Marble tile is typically more expensive, installation cost between $7 and $12 per square foot. These tiles are fragile, they easily break so plan to buy at least 10% more than needed.
Average total costs to be between $9 and $17 dollars per square foot installed.
Regardless of the tile choice, the shape of the floor, pattern or complexity of the design, and the size of the tiles will determine installation cost. Projects that require more detailed work or cutting of the tile will be more expensive. If the installation requires detailed work, expect costs to be 15% – 20% more.
Tips on Marble Tile Installation: Marble tiles can be difficult to match. Tiles should be laid out on your floor before installation to make sure you are satisfied with the look and overall design. Experts suggest mixing tiles from different boxes to achieve a more balanced look.