Have you considered marble and porcelain for your bathroom tiles but you can’t decide between the two? Then you are in the right place. In this article, we are bringing you the comparison between these two materials to help you decide which one will be better for you.
Marble is a natural stone
Unlike porcelain, marble is a natural stone which preserves the characteristics from the rock it has been quarried from. Porcelain is a man-made product, made mainly of a type of clay that is called kaolin. These facts have an impact on many characteristics of both materials.
Porcelain is more resistant to staining
Porcelain tiles have a smooth surface that will not get stained that easily. Porcelain will not get stained permanently from hair colour or nail polish. On the other hand1, marble is more prone to staining and you will have to make sure to remove all the spills at the earliest opportunity.
Marble is not slippery
Since marble has a porous, rough surface it is not slippery. On the other hand, porcelain has a very sleek surface which can be very slippery. Marble can be a better option for families with small children for this reason.
Moderate resistance to scratching
When it comes to the resistance to scratching, porcelain is a bit better, but it is still not as good as some other stones, such as granite for example. Marble is a bit less resistant to scratching, so beware not to drop a sharp object on your tiles.
Marble is more durable
Although marble can get scratched, it holds up quite well on high pressure and impact of force. Marble will not break when you drop a heavy object on it. Porcelain, on the other hand, is much less durable and it is more prone to cracking. Pay special attention when carrying heavy objects not to drop them.
Resistance to high temperatures
They are both resistant to high temperatures and they will not melt or break under any circumstances. In fact, porcelain is made on temperatures over 1000 Celsius, which is far more than the temperatures produced by a hairdryer, for example. Marble is also great in conducting heat. When you postpone a hot object on marble, it takes away the temperature of the object and absorbs it.
The cleaning of both materials is very easy. Just make some soapy water and wipe your tiles with a mop. Then remove the residue by wiping the tiles with a damped mop. The difference in the maintenance of the two is that porcelain doesn’t need to be sealed, unlike marble. Marble tiles should be sealed every 3-6 months; the sealant will make them less prone to staining, so make sure not to skip on that.
Both materials are good options for bathroom tiles and you should choose the one according to your needs. If you need a material that is not slippery, you can choose marble. But if you need a material that is 100% resistant to staining, porcelain tiles are a better option.
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