Natural Marble vs. Porcelain Tile: What’s the difference?

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When deciding on a tile to use in residential and commercial projects, there are a limitless variety of materials to choose from. Several factors must be taken into account to select the perfect tile for a space, including visual aesthetics, durability and maintenance of a product.

 

Porcelain tile and natural marble are two great options for bathrooms, kitchen floors and backsplash projects, but it is important to consider the pros and cons of each before purchasing.

 

Natural marble tiles are luxurious to look at, but many customers are unaware of the maintenance that is needed from the material. With this in mind, Del Conca USA has created the Nature marble collection, a line of four colored marbles that provide the look of stone with all of the benefits of porcelain.

 

Before deciding what material is best for you, speak with your retailer about both products to determine your design requirements, maintenance expectations and budget.

Marble-Look Porcelain

 

Porcelain tile is a great option for any space because it can be designed with an inkjet printer to replicate almost any natural material, including marble.

 

Marble-look porcelain is a healthy choice for installation in homes and businesses. Porcelain is free of harsh chemicals like formaldehyde, VOCs and PVCs. It is also hypoallergenic and non-flammable.

 

Because it is made from clay and fired in a kiln, porcelain is a thick, strong and durable material – making it ideal for heavy foot traffic areas or in homes with children and pets. Its durability makes the surface highly resistant to stains, scratches and moisture from the weather outside or in rooms such as a kitchen or bathroom. Porcelain tile also requires very little maintenance and does not require sealing.

 

Pros

  • Thick, durable material
  • Can replicate any material
  • Waterproof
  • Stain, scratch and slip resistant
  • Hypoallergenic
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