For many designers, nothing carries quite the same power, beauty and sense of sheer class that a carefully laid out stone floor has. Where the average residential or commercial project has carpeting, hardwood, or, for functional purposes some kind of flexible tile, stone is a cut above. A stone floor like marble or porcelain tile exemplifies craftsmanship, quality, and a unique look that no other type of flooring can match.
But what exactly is it that makes a great tile? How can you make sure that you choose the right one? As always, there’s no one right answer, since much of this depends on a designer’s needs, but we have some guidelines for you to consider when making your decision.
Marble is the original, classic, beautiful tiling option and there’s a reason that its popularity has persisted for centuries. One of the most compelling features of marble tile is that it is unique. With real marble gathered from a quarry, such as the Trinity Tile marble looks, designers get a thick, durable and beautiful material that proudly shows off its distinct quarry origins.
With marble tile, designers enjoy versatility in both look and function. The unique veining of marble gives it its classical appearance. Its durability makes it perfect for living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms and many other areas of residential and commercial spaces.
Porcelain tile is another great alternative, especially for people that want the look of marble tile, but may not be comfortable with the price. Marble benefits from heritage and traditional techniques, which makes it a premium material.
However, porcelain tile retains many of the characteristics of marble tile, and some can be treated to look identical to marble, such as Trinity Tile marble effect porcelain tiles. Other types of porcelain tile, however, can also be created to resemble other stones and textures beyond just marble.
Trinity Tile can help you with the decision about whether marble or porcelain is the right choice for you. There are a number of factors that you need to weigh, with budget being a primary influencer, since marble is definitely more of a premium material. A choice to go with marble tile does mean more durability, and in some cases may be easier to clean. And nothing polishes to the quite the same sheen as a quality marble floor.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for something that’s not so expensive, or you’d like a bit more variety in terms of what looks and textures are available to you, porcelain tile is a better option. Compared to marble, porcelain tile gives people who want a lot of choice many, many more available colors, textures and overall looks to choose from.
Form & Function
Ultimately what matters the most is that the tile you put on your floor meets the needs you have for that space. When you talk to our experts here at Trinity Tile, it’s important to get down to the fundamentals of what you want for a room and a home. Whether it’s marble tile or porcelain tile, we can help homeowners to arrive at a choice that will only improve the quality of a home. Talk to us for more details.