Real v porcelain-effect marble tiles for shower

drpinkieJuly 9, 2013
Thinking of re tiling our shower/bath area. We live in a hard water area that is prone to major limescale. Here's the overall look we're aiming for:
Calacatta Marble White Bath · More Info

Any suggestions v. porcelain-effect marble vs. the real thing? Any recommendations?
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Joanne Jakab Interior Design
You can change your water - softener or carbon filters etc. so that issue can be altered. I can tell you that if you haven't been out to look at porcelain tiles for even a year - you won't believe how they have improved! Tiles from Italy in particular are so realistic you would be hard pressed to tell them from real stone.
Love this look - good luck with your project.
    Bookmark   Thanked by drpinkie    July 9, 2013 at 10:02AM
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Tip: Before you proceed with 'fake imitation marble tile' please take the time to view four to six pieces at your tile showroom. You will see the difference. I would not recommend fake imitation marble tile. Better to use one of the many versions of white subway tile with real marble accent tile to fit your budget. The marble tile in this photo is real calacatta marble tile. It has a depth of beauty that can not be replicated. Good luck with your project!
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You can see the printed dots in the realistic looking patterns on the tiles, but only from up close.
    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 7:13PM
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On the other hand, there are some very good ones. They are from Italian makers, who compete with each other to make the best in this category. Most of them you wouldn't normally see in a typical flooring store.
    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 7:15PM
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There are great porcelain "marble" tiles---but none have the depth and varied color hues of natural marble. If you have reservations regarding maintenance, then opt for the man made marble. Good Luck!
    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 7:19PM
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Bring some samples home and take a look. Only you can decide what you'd be happy with.
    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 7:25PM
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Daman of Witham
The downside of many natural tiles is the upkeep, sealing them every so often and keeping the limescale off. Porcelain and in some cases ceramic tiles can offer beautiful marble patterns at a fraction of the cost. The main issue is the difference in pattern from tile to tile, if you go for a high quality manufacturer such as Villeroy & Boch, you will get the most convincing "fake" marble effects.

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    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 3:05AM
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