Porcelain tiles that look and feel like marble offer a practical, affordable and sustainable alternative to the real deal.
Marble has long been associated with opulence, whether it is used in sculpting – think of Michelangelo’s marble masterpiece, the David statue – or in elaborate, and luxurious architecture.
Although most people won’t be chiselling a marble block or building an extravagant palace, the use of the marble look in kitchens, bathrooms and other living spaces is very on trend at the moment, according to John Almon of The Tile House.
Beautiful as it is, Almon points out that marble is absorbent, which means it can stain. Sugar, alcohol and lemon juice in particular are common culprits to leave a mark on precious marble slabs. And even if one is happy to forgo a few essential culinary ingredients for aesthetics, there is a more troubling aspect to the continued quarrying of marble – the effect on the environment.
Fortunately for the environment, there is a great alternative to marble: Porcelain tiles with a marble look.
“They look the same, feel the same and are very practical as they don’t stain and are easy to clean. Another major advantage is that it is made in large sizes, up to 3200 x 1800mm with a 10 or 6mm thickness. Real marble cut to similar sizes would have to be 20 to 30mm thick and is very difficult to handle and work with. This results in porcelain being far easier to work with and thus, more cost effective than marble,” says Almon.
True to life
Thanks to the advanced technology of high-resolution digital printers, unique images of marble are placed onto the porcelain.
“The high pixel resolution is able to reproduce the finest swirls, veins and colouration of natural marble. Each porcelain tile has a different marble image, and depicts the real thing,” Almon points out.
“The result is magnificent porcelain tiles that look and feel like the real deal, marble. With no compromise to aesthetics and long-lasting, these tiles offer a practical, affordable and sustainable solution. So you can have your cake, or in this case, your red wine, lemon juice and sugar, and drink and eat it!”
The Tile House
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Caption: Thanks to the high pixel resolution of advanced technology, it is possible to reproduce the finest swirls, veins and colouration of natural marble on porcelain tiles.