You’re ready to re-tile your bathroom, but you’re stuck on what type of material to go for; not only that, but you need to think about what colour or pattern to go for too. It’s a myriad of decisions, and it’s no wonder that people get confused!
To help narrow your choice down, you need to break it into bite-sized chunks. First things first – what material are you going to go for? We will concentrate on this choice because it is probably the most important; make a wrong decision here and you may be left with a choice which doesn’t stand the test of time, or one that isn’t right for your particular room and needs. As you can see, you need to pay clear attention to this decision.
One of the biggest one versus the other choices on offer is between marble and quartz.
These are both natural stones, and they are both packed with both pros and cons in each direction.
Marble Stone Bathroom Tiles
Marble is an opulent choice to go for, and it is a very popular one too. Having been used for centuries in bathrooms, white marble, or any other colour actually, has a wonderful appearance, and can give a very sophisticated appearance to your space. One of the main plus points of marble is that it is porous, and whilst this normally wouldn’t be a plus point, in terms of bathroom tiles it is, because it remains dry, without being slippery; water is instantly absorbed.
You will need to seal your tiles regularly, and you will need to look after them well, in order to keep them in top condition, but this isn’t a particular difficult process, provided you do it right. Marble is also available in many different colours and finishes, and it has the advantages of being totally unique – one tile will never be the same as any other, as they all have individual veins running through them.
Quartz Stone Bathroom Tiles
On the other hand, quartz is a strong competitor. Another natural stone, quartz is made up of over 93% natural stone and 7% resin, to add the colour that you want. The main difference between quartz and marble is that quartz is non-porous, therefore it doesn’t absorb water. If we’re talking about worktops, this is a good thing, because it doesn’t soak up liquid and become damaged, but in terms of bathroom tiles, especially floor tiles, this could be a downside, because they may often feel wet, or slippery, without absorbing the water straight away.
On the plus point however, the fact that quartz is non-porous means that it doesn’t harbour germs, and that is a huge advantage in terms of hygiene. You also don’t need to maintain quartz in the same way you do marble, so if you’re looking for a low maintenance and hassle-free tile material choice, quartz could slightly edge it.
Which one you choose really will come down to personal preference, because you’re splitting hairs between them – what one lacks, the other has, and vice versa. Which will you go for?
Be sure to shop around for your tiles, whether you go for marble or quartz, to get the best deal for you, and remember to check out the appearance of the tile in person, to see how they react to both natural and artificial lights.
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