Porcelain tiles can be made to closely resemble marble; however, marble does have some characteristics that are simply inimitable. Following is an overview of both flooring options so you can see which one best suits your West Columbia, Lexington & Irmo SC home’s needs.
Marble has a natural beauty that manmade tiles simply cannot imitate. No two marble tiles are exactly the same; each one will have different veins, streaks and layers. Marble also has a natural shine that porcelain tiles do not possess.
Marble is a natural stone and as such can help keep microscopic particles and germs out of your home. This makes it a particularly good option for homeowners who have allergy problems.
Unfortunately, marble is softer than porcelain. This is a good thing on one hand because walking on cold hard porcelain tiles all the time can be bad for your joints. On the other hand, it also means that marble flooring can be easily dented, scratched or chipped. Furthermore, marble flooring is porous and thus susceptible to water damage. You will need to have a professional polish and seal your marble floors on a regular basis so that they will continue to look good in your home.
One of the main advantages of porcelain tile is that it is extremely durable. This type of flooring is water resistant, stain resistant and does not scratch or dent easily. It is also easy to clean and you don’t have to worry about sealing or polishing it regularly to help it keeps it shine.
Porcelain tiles can be made to look like any type of natural stone, including marble, granite, limestone, sandstone and slate. There are even porcelain tiles that closely resemble wood flooring. These tiles are available in literally any size, shape and style so it is not hard to find the exact tiles you need at a price you can afford.
Marble and porcelain flooring each have its own pros and cons. Consider your current family situation, schedule and budget when determining which type of tile is best for your home. It can also be a wise idea to talk to our flooring professionals at Floor Coverings International Columbia West who can help you assess the home’s style of décor We can also offer advice regarding different types of porcelain and tile flooring on the market and give you personalized counsel that will enable you to make a well-informed decision. Just call us at the number below!
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