Marble is a very unique building material. For years, contractors and builders have used this material widely in many different ways. You can marble tiles in living rooms, dining rooms, resorts, hotel lobbies, and bathrooms. This is a statement of the versatility of the marble as a building material. It can be used almost everywhere and the effects will be great. If you are considering marble as a possible bathroom tile, perhaps having a basic understanding of the stone will be useful.
Marble comes from limestone, and is extracted using commonly known quarrying methods. It is available in many different parts of the world such as France, India, China, Spain and the United States. Because marble comes from limestone, you can expect it to have similar characteristics as limestone.
For example, if marble is left unprotected, it can be easily stained by anything that is acidic or alkaline. Fortunately, this problem can be easily overcome by applying a finish, which acts as a protective layer, over the surface of the marble tiles.
The marble tile that you see in the market for bathrooms are actually polished tiles. Polished tiles reveal a smooth and sparkling look. In fact, some tiles can be so well polished that you can even see your own reflection in the tile. That is the reason why when you walk into a posh hotel, you get a grand and majestic feeling. The chandelier in the lobby can create interesting effects that you have never seen before.
As a homeowner, you probably don’t need such stunning effects. Simplicity, practicality and affordability will most likely be what you are looking for.
You will come across two sizes – 12″ by 12″ and 18″ by 18″. You may be surprised to learn that using larger tiles cost just about the same as using smaller tiles. The price difference applies when there is a difference in quality, pattern, or country of import. Obviously, marble from China will most likely be more affordable than marble from European countries.
Marble tiles come in interesting patterns and colors. You will come across colors such as lotus beige, honey onyx, or white carrera. The color that you choose depends very much on the overall design of the bathroom, as well as your own personal taste.
Honey colored tiles tend to give a more expensive look because the tiles look golden. Grey will go with almost anything, and white can be used to create a modern and classic look.
Due to the unique characteristics of marble tiles, it is very difficult to duplicate the look. That’s why, after all these years, marble has been able to hold its prices quite well. That means homeowners still like marble tiles very much, and marble is still in demand.
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