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When it comes to flooring or tiling, there are many options available in the market. Among them, two popular choices are porcelain tiles and real marble. Both have their own unique characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages. In this blog post, we will explore the differences between the two, to help you make an informed decision.
Porcelain tiles are made from a type of ceramic material that is fired at a higher temperature than regular ceramic tiles. This makes them more durable, resistant to scratches and stains, and less porous. They come in a wide range of colors, patterns, and textures, making it easier to find a style that suits your taste and needs. They are also easy to clean and maintain, making them a popular choice for high-traffic areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.
Advantages of Porcelain Tiles:
Durability: Porcelain tiles are extremely durable and can withstand heavy foot traffic and wear and tear. They are also resistant to scratches, stains, and moisture, making them ideal for high-traffic areas.
Low Maintenance: Porcelain tiles are easy to clean and maintain. They do not require any special cleaning products or techniques, making them a practical choice for busy households.
Versatility: Porcelain tiles are available in a wide range of colors, patterns, and textures, allowing you to create a customized look for your home. They can be made to mimic the look of natural stone, wood, or concrete.
Disadvantages of Porcelain Tiles:
- Appearance: Although porcelain tiles can mimic the appearance of natural stone, they lack the unique veining and color variations found in real marble.
Real marble is a natural stone that has been used in construction for centuries. It is known for its elegant appearance, unique veining, and wide range of colors. It is a luxury material that adds value to any home. Marble is porous and prone to staining, but if properly cared for, it can last for decades.
Advantages of Real Marble:
Appearance: Real marble is prized for its natural beauty, unique veining, and wide range of colors. It is a luxurious material that adds value to any home.
Longevity: Marble is a durable material that can last for decades if properly cared for.
Heat Resistance: Marble is a heat-resistant material, making it ideal for use in kitchens and other areas where heat is a concern.
Disadvantages of Real Marble:
Porosity: Marble is a porous material that is prone to staining. It requires regular sealing and special care to maintain its appearance.
Durability: Although marble is a durable material, it is prone to scratching and chipping. It can also be damaged by acidic substances such as lemon juice or vinegar.
Cost: Real marble is a luxury material that comes at a premium price. It can be more expensive than porcelain tiles or other types of natural stone.
For easy reference, take a look at the comparison below:
|Marble Stone||Marble Tiles|
Quarried from naturally occurring sites
Manufactured using natural materials like clay and sand
Requires on-site cutting and polish
Available in a pre-cut and polished format
Needs regular maintenance and polishing to seal off pores
GVT is nonporous with negligible water absorption
Imported stones cost extremely high
Replicates unique natural and designed formats without affecting the price
Stains need immediate treatment to avoid permanent discoloration
A regular wipe with warm soapy water is enough to keep the tiles in pristine conditions
Preferred as a kitchen countertop and floor tile as it works as a natural thermal jacket
Large format tiles are available for countertop applications, thermal properties are the same or even better than marble
Both porcelain tiles and real marble have their own unique characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages. Porcelain tiles are a practical choice for high-traffic areas, while real marble is a luxurious material that adds value to any home. Ultimately, the choice between the two will depend on your personal preferences, budget, and the needs of your home.
Nature has always been a source of inspiration for designers and architects, and leafy green tiles are a perfect example of how natural elements can be incorporated into interior design. These tiles are a perfect way to bring a touch of nature into your home, and they work particularly well as a feature wall.
S.Leaf Blanco comes in light and subtle greens to dark and bold shades. They can be used to create a stunning and eye-catching feature wall that adds depth and dimension to any room. These tiles work particularly well in bathrooms and kitchens, where they can create a refreshing and invigorating atmosphere.
One of the benefits of S.Leaf Blanco is its versatility. They can be used in a variety of design styles, from modern and contemporary to more traditional and rustic designs. They also pair well with other natural materials like wood and stone, creating a cohesive and harmonious look.
In addition to their aesthetic appeal, S.Leaf Blanco is also easy to maintain and durable, making them a practical and functional choice for any space. They are resistant to water and stains, making them a great choice for high-moisture areas like bathrooms and kitchens.
In conclusion, if you're looking for a way to bring a touch of nature into your home, leafy green tiles are an excellent option. Whether you're creating a feature wall in your bathroom or kitchen, these tiles offer a versatile and aesthetically pleasing way to incorporate natural elements into your interior design. With their durability, ease of maintenance, and design versatility, they are practical and stylish choices for any space.
- Material: Porcelain
- Surface Finish: Matt
- Size Available: 200 X 200
- Country: Spain
What better way to start a new year than to introduce you all to our newest tiles, the beautiful S.BEL STN M66 porcelain tiles. Comes in 600x600. Beautiful neutral colours that can fit both residential and commercial settings, ideal for creating elegant and relaxing interiors. It has been designed to replicate a natural slate floor which means you get everything that a natural floor offers, and more!
Comes in various faces.
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A lot of people question the benefits of choosing a porcelain tile over natural stone tiles, so we thought this would be a great opportunity to explore the advantages.
- Less maintenance – Porcelain tiles require a lot less maintenance than slate and other natural stones. As they are less porous, it means they won’t need sealing and then resealing over time. Of course, you can still choose to seal porcelain tiles but it isn’t required. This also means they are less likely to stain as they will not absorb water like natural material does. You can steam clean porcelain too and, although we still recommend using something PH neutral, you don’t have to be as careful with what you are using to clean your floor with.
- Great for external use – Porcelain is not only great inside; it looks and works wonderfully outside too. These tiles are less likely to be affected by weathering, for example, being bleached by the sun or cracked due to frost, this means they stay looking new for longer.
- Hardwearing – Porcelain is perfect for use in high-traffic environments which makes them desirable for all spaces around your home. The Multicolour Slate Porcelain is highly resistant to wear and breakage, even against things like the rough nails of pets. As they are manufactured, they are designed to hold up really well and last for years.
- Lighter in weight – Porcelain tiles are usually a lot lighter than many natural stone tiles; this means you are likely to reduce delivery & labour costs by choosing them.
Wishing you all a blessed new year and fill your life with new opportunities to shine and grow!
You might have shiny, new tiles installed in one corner of your home (and while they're likely really lovely), there's something else you should know: do you know what kind of safety rating these tiles are assigned? While it may seem weird to pay attention to what kind of flooring goes where, it's actually important—most types of tile come with a standard slip rate that tells us how slippery the surface is going to be.
Tiles can be examined for anti-slip properties in a number of ways. One such way is the Oil Wet Ramp Test which is recognised by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA). This test will measure resistance to slippage when walking up an incline covered with oil.
What do the various anti-slip tile ratings mean?
Tiles are rated differently according to the inclination angle it takes to safely stand on them. Anti-slip tiles rated R9 allow inclinations of up to 10 degrees without risk, while those rated R13 allow inclinations up to 30 degrees without risking slipping or falling.
How Are Tiles Categorised Based on its Anti-Slip Capabilities?
There are 6 categories to determine this:
1.) Polished –There is no safety rating for polished tiles. Polished or glossy tile should not be used in areas where they may come into contact with water or moisture, as they could cause someone to slip and fall. Similarly, these types of tiles should not be used in corridors where people who are unsteady on their feet may find themselves at risk of slipping when navigating the flooring surface.
2.) R9 – This rating indicates that the tile has a smoother, low-friction surface which should only be considered in dry places. The R9 tile is typically easier to maintain and clean due to its smooth surface. Although slip injuries are more likely to occur on a Polished or R9 surface, some people may still want the smooth and easy-to-maintain slick floor look at home. In spite of being warned about accidents, those in charge might decide to go ahead and install either Polished or R9 Porcelain tiles for their floors. These homeowners could then rest easy knowing that they would be able to maintain them properly by just using daily normal floor cleaning agents.
3.) R10 – A tile with an R10 surface has normal static friction between the tile surface and the base of a shoe. R10 tiles are often easy to clean while still possessing decent anti-slip properties.
That being said, an R10 A surface would be sufficient for commercial and residential toilets.
4.) R11 – Tiles with an R
Let us share with you why it is important to have grout with tile!
We all understand that having big grout gaps may seem very unpleasant to the aesthetics, but grouting offers a number of valuable benefits:
Even with rectified tiles, it is not recommended to lay tiles without grout. Grout helps to protect the tiles against movement in case of the house shifting, it also helps make the tiles easier to care for in wet areas. Whenever possible, we recommend a 3-5mm gap between the tiles for the above reasons! Hope this helps answer your questions about grouting!
We all love the look of wood grain in our homes, but some people are wary of the price tag that comes along with it. If you’re on the fence about wood-looking tiles, we’ll lay out the pros and cons so you can make an informed decision before buying. You might be surprised by what you find!
Wood/Timbre Lookalike Tiles
Wood, the coveted material which recalls nature, has become a must in many interior and exterior spaces thanks to its long-standing success. Who has never dreamt of laying parquet on the floor but was soon dissuaded by its heavy maintenance? However, there is an effective solution that combines the aesthetic appearance of wood with easy maintenance: wood-look tiles, also known as ceramic wood or parquet tiles! These floor and wall coverings in coloured body porcelain stoneware have all the advantages of ceramic while offering a faithful reproduction of wood. It accurately replicates the visual appearance of natural wood, such as its grains and warm colours, but also its details to the touch. Wood grain tiles are ideal for areas with lots of foot traffic like kitchens, living rooms, and hallways where they will endure wear and tear. The tile’s delicate finish can be cleaned with soap, water, and a non-abrasive sponge or cloth; it’s safe around children too! In terms of installation, wood grain floors should be installed over an even surface made from concrete slabs with a porous base (i.e.: wood panels) or over existing wooden floors sealed properly against humidity.
Consider this when choosing your wood effect/ timbre lookalike tiles
White Horse Ceramic provide step-by-step instructions for the best way to care for and maintain ceramic tile.
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