In 2020 we have seen a huge shift in designers fully embracing the use of faux marble, or marble-effect tiles, as they are more widely known. From flooring to kitchen countertops, marble-effect is changing the way spaces are designed, and in this blog, we look at some of the top reasons to choose marble-effect porcelain tiles over traditional stone.
1. MARBLE-EFFECT TILES ARE EASIER TO MAINTAIN
The problem with marble is that it can be susceptible to damage. It scratches very easily because it is very soft in comparison with porcelain, and as such it is not ideal for high traffic areas. To keep marble looking at its best is almost a full time job. In fact it is; marble polishers have been making a serious living since Roman times, so if you don’t have a great deal of time on your hands, and you don’t particularly feel enthused by having to pay through the nose every few months to get your authentic marble polished and restored, it may well make more sense to choose marble effect tiles as the perfect alternative.
2. MARBLE IS EXTREMELY POROUS
The beauty of porcelain is that it does not require any form of sealing or protecting. Marble is extremely porous, and thus stains very easily, whereas porcelain is practically impossible to stain as its porosity is at an extremely low level. Spillages on marble are commonplace, and so there are many methods and products that can be used to attempt to clean the stone. However, they are rarely completely effective. Additionally, a lot of spills will come from acidic products, such as wine (especially), vinegar and other citrus-based juices. If these are not dealt with efficiently, they can have a terminal effect on the appearance of marble – resulting in dulling of the surface appearance, etching, or even burning holes in the marble itself. In actual fact, water, if left for long enough on the surface, can also leave visible marks on marble. Needless to say, these fears and issues are completely negated with the use of marble-effect porcelain.
3. MARBLE-EFFECT TILES ARE MORE VERSATILE
Two of the key components that make tiles so appealing are their strength and durability, but a third factor in selecting porcelain tiles must surely be the versatility of the product. Within both exterior and interior design, tiles can pretty much be applied anywhere. This is not the case with real stone, as we previously mentioned, it is completely wrong for areas where there will be high footfall, areas where moisture is likely to be present, and also because of its weight, it can present loading issues on structures if used on elevated areas. Porcelain tiles are made to answer the demands that their natural counterparts simply can’t, and it is for this reason that they are so widely adopted, and in such a variety of ways.
4. MARBLE-EFFECT TILES ARE COST EFFECTIVE
Tiles are, needless to say, much less expensive to transport, much less expensive to install, and much less expensive to purchase. But the savings don’t end there. They are long lasting, and as we mentioned before, are very simple to maintain. All of this adds up to significant savings, and for those in charge of the budget, the choice to go with marble-effect tiles seems clear, particularly with the last of our five reasons in mind…
5. TECHNOLOGY IS AT ITS MOST ADVANCED STAGE EVER
What this means, is that the printing capabilities just continue to exceed expectations. One of the key appeals to marble is its appearance, and the fact that no one piece ever looks precisely the same. The replication of this effect in modern day porcelain products never ceases to amaze, and this is one of the core reasons why so many projects now look to marble-effect porcelain instead of real marble.
To sum up, marble-effect tiles are more practical, more cost-effective, just as aesthetically pleasing, and far easier to maintain. What more can you ask for?