Tiles that look like white marble are definitely the most popular ones for flooring. From the style to the color of veins, porcelain floor tiles with marble effect are available in an immense variety.
Many people love the look of white marble that can be as contemporary as it can be traditional. No matter what style we choose for our floors, white marble add a luxurious feel to the interiors.
Then how to choose the right one porcelain tile that looks like “white marble floors” on those amazing interiors that we see on websites like Pinterest and Houzz.
Since it’s a “ Marble Like Look “ Tile, Manufacturers’ goal is while taking the consumer’s design preferences and needs in consideration, to produce a beautiful tile that will look just like the real marble so we won’t be able to see the difference after installation.
Porcelain Floor Tile With White Marble Effect
The design should be beautiful.
First of all, the design on the tile should be a nice one that gives the impression of a beautiful tile.
The tile should look real.
Today all the tiles are made with inkjet technology that can bring a very realistic look to the tiles. However, all factories across the globe don’t have the same priorities. Some factories focus on high-quality production, some focus on low prices.
A high-quality porcelain tile comes with a high-resolution print that provides a realistic look.
Also, many people don’t want their floor tile to look busy and they lean toward tiles with little veining. We believe this is a common mistake.
Marble veining has a character, and those veinings create a beautiful, random pattern when they all come together. They are like the little pieces of a big puzzle we can’t see the whole picture by just looking at individual pieces alone.
When you look at one single tile, little veins may give the impression of a subtle look. However, since this type of veining has no character, they won’t create a pattern and they look busy.
No reputable factory would produce a tile where the veining won’t create a nice marble effect when the pieces put together. In order to create a less busy look, they would rather reduce the contrast by softening the color of the veins on the tile.
The tile should have a nice shine (if it’s a shiny tile)
One of the biggest problems of the porcelain industry was the shine on the tile. Factories were not able to polish the porcelain tiles the way natural materials are polished. Instead, they used a shiny glaze that we call “High Gloss Finish”.
High Gloss creates ripples on the surface of the tile like an orange peel. It is not a solid shine.
Beside the inkjet technology that everybody shopping for porcelain tile is aware of, another remarkable advancement of porcelain floor tiles is the Nano Technology that made it possible for factories to polish the porcelain tile. Unfortunately, most shoppers are not aware of it.
If you are shopping for a shiny look, make sure that you are getting a polished porcelain tile. Not a high gloss tile.
The tile should be as flat as possible.
Tiles are backed products coming out of an oven. So they all bent a little. How much they bent has a direct effect on the size of grout joins more than the edges are being rectified or not.
When you look at a tile from the side, you will see they are all in the same thickness. However, when you turn the back of the tile, you will notice a sort of fishnet pattern. Then when you touch it, you will feel that 1/16” of the body is actually missing.
Using 1/16” less clay reduce the production cost for a factory when the goal is to produce an okay quality.
However, a full backing will provide more support and result in more flat tiles.
White tile with large but soft veining with real marble character won’t look busy.
White tile with little veins will look busy
Tiles with different backings