When I discuss with clients their bathroom tile options, I’m often asked the difference between porcelain tile and marble.
The National Kitchen and Bath Association reports that porcelain is generally formed by pressing fine grain porcelain clay together to produce tile that has a low water absorption rate and when a liquid glass glaze is applied to the tile, it aids in stain resistance and strengthens the tile’s durability.
Marble on the other hand, is natural stone formed over millions of years from pressed fossil sediment deposits. I bet you didn’t know that if you’re walking on a marble floor, you’re basically treading across a fossil floor! This ancient beauty comes at a price, however. Aside from the higher cost, there is a bit more up-keep. Marble is softer than granite and more porous than porcelain. It‘s advised that one have their marble professionally cleaned and sealed every six months to keep it looking beautiful and resistant from stains.
There are so many exciting tile options today, and Cercan Tile at the Michigan Design Center in Troy is one of my favorite sources. I feel like I’m touring a tile wonderland each time I visit!
I designed the beautiful mosaic shower, shown here with Cercan Tile’s Classic Bianco Carrera Porcelain Tile — it’s on the ceiling, shower seat and floor. Because of porcelian’s low permeability, it is resistant to bacteria and mold; two important factors in maintaining your bathroom’s lusterous appearance.
This Pietre Palissandro Polished Porcelain, another Cercan Tile find, on the floor in the powder room shown here, is as gorgeous as the sculpture mounted on the wall.
Also note this Mystere polished porcelain tile, below, — I’m thinking it will look stunning in the master bathroom of a home I am currently working on in Rochester Hills, Mich. You would never know this isn’t natural stone — check out those natural-looking variations!
And the Wood Morado polished porcelain tile? The reflection you see in the below photo is the tile’s natural shine. It almost looks as though these pictures were taken through a window, they are that reflective!
Are you making porcelain tile or marble decisions? Please let us know how we can help.