floor tile is Limestone that has been crystallized by heat and
pressure. It has two defining qualities; One is it has a striated
appearance and two it can be polished to a glass like shine.
The difference between Polished Marble and Tumbled Marble is that
tumbled marble tile has been roughened by abrasives and acids, resulting
in a dimensional tile with a rough texture and rounded edges.
tile was a popular choice for structures built by ancient Romans and
Greeks and these structures though worn, are still beautiful as they
still survive today.
A whopping three-thirds of Marble floor tiles sold today are not genuine Marble. Some of these Stone tiles are very durable while others including some of the true Marble tiles can be quite soft.
So it's a good idea to find out from the retailer what type is best for your tiling project. Rather it is Marble wall tiles, Marble floor tiles, or Marble countertops.
* Onyx is a delicate form of Marble that falls more on the expensive
side of the spectrum. When cut it exposes its intriguing folds and
* Marble floor tile will scratch, But if you can envision Marble or any of the other natural stone flooring as one that grows in beauty as it takes on small scratches and stains, Then chances are Stone Tile is a good match for you.
* The white crystals that form
along scratches to marble tile are less apparent in light colored marble
floor tiles than in darker tones. In the lighter tiles the scratches
simply blend in as a part of the tile design.
* Marble tile looks at it's best with the smallest of grout lines.
* Tumbled marble tile is more prone to staining more than polished marble tile, but if you regularly seal them, this will maintain their beauty and protect the tiles from staining.
* To maintain that elegant polished finish of your Marble floor tile, Marble wall tiles, and marble countertops will require re-polishing from time to time.
* Polished marble tile can be quite slippery when
wet, so it's best to use it for tiling a floor in dry areas. For wet
areas, it's best to use the rough, slip resistant texture of tumbled
Both polished marble tile and tumbled marble tile make for stunning Natural Stone Flooring. They both come in striking hues ranging from almost pure white to nearly black, And everything in between. These tiles have natural patterns of eye-catching veins in beautiful shades of pink, green and gray that make it so no two marble tiles are alike,
This is the reason why It's best to match up the patterns while dry-laying the tiles before you begin your real floor tile installation.
Polished Marble Tile
Both polished marble tile and tumbled marble tile make for stunning, eye-catching Natural Stone Flooring. When you tile a floor with polished marble floor tile, it can transform your floor into a field of glass that reflects the light of the room, and brightens up the entire space.
Tiling a floor with Tumbled marble brings the stunningly handsome character of a rustic appearance That can warm up a room and create warm feelings of peace and tranquility.
Although Marble tiles are available in a wide variety of unique, eye-catching colors of taupe, green, gold, red, and black.
Classic white marble Countertops has in the past and remains the top choice for many homeowners.
The most popular choices for the finish of Marble Countertops are Polished and Honed; Polished Marble tiles have a glossy glass like surface while Honed has a smooth matte, But No matter which finish you choose both styles of Marble countertops need to be regularly sealed with a penetrating sealer.
While there are good-quality marbles that are dense and relatively nonporous making them durable and stain-resistant. Marble Countertops just like Limestone Countertops break down when exposed to acids like lemon juice, vinegar or even coffee.
These liquids will etch marble countertops even after sealing them.
While too much etching turns Polished Marble countertops dull, A Honed
finish does a better job of hiding etching because it already has a
With a lot of other materials, once you damage it, you can’t repair it again. But the good thing about marble countertops and Marble floor tiles is that you can always bring back their beauty by repolishing them again.
Installing Marble Backsplash Tiles can be a breeze and especially when you use small tiles or Marble Mosaic tile Patterns. The Vein pattern on these wall tiles is so small and irregular until there's really no need to match the patterns.
But installing a whole wall of Marble Tile is different!
Marble wall tile installation can be a bit more complicated than a floor
tile installation or when you install Marble countertop tile. And it's
all about the veining and the quality of the Marble tile.
When tiling a floor or countertop you have the benefit of looking down on the surface, you're tiling. But for a wall tile installation, you're looking up, down or directly at it.
A countertop or floor tile installation may forgive you for a veining pattern where one or two tiles are out of place, But a wall tile installation is right in your face and at eyes view of everyone who enters the room, Making just about every inch of the wall tile pattern apparent.
There is marble such as Italian marble tile designs that are more resistant to water. And they also have less of a pattern on the surface of the tile, making for a more uniform look. But these tiles are harder to find and a bit more expensive.
More veining on the tiles sometimes indicates a higher iron content, and for wet areas such as a shower or tub surround may cause the appearance of the tile to change over time or even to rust.
If your desire is in the unique beauty of Marble wall tiles, there are a few options that may help to make your wall installation go smoother.
* You can do your homework and find a marble tile of the right grade and pattern for your tiling project and install them yourself.
* You can match your Marble tiles with look-alike Porcelain tiles and use them for the wet areas of the bathroom walls.
* You can hire a professional Tiler to install the marble wall tile for you.
* You can find and purchase the high end Marble tile with a more uniform pattern.
* You can buy a good-quality Porcelain tile that offers a similar look.