Tiles that look like white marble are definitely the most popular ones for flooring and there is a big selection of white marble look tiles varying from very little to heavy veining, or the color of veining varying from light grey to dark grey or to the gold color.
Then how to choose the right one that looks like the 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.
The design should be beautiful.
First of all, the design on the tile should be a nice one that, even it doesn’t fit to customer’s taste and interiors, it should give the impression of a beautiful tile.
The tile should look real.
Today all the tiles are made with inkjet technology. Like when you turn on HD channels on cable or when you stream a movie on Netflix, the image quality is not same, the image quality on every tile may not be the same.
On a good tile, the print should look real and we should not be able tell the difference.
Also, many people don’t want their floor tile to look busy and they lean toward tiles with little veining. We believe this is common mistake.
Marble veining has a character and those veining create a beautiful, random pattern when they all come together. They are a like the little pieces of a big puzzle we cant 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 less busy tile. 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 a tile where the veining won’t create a nice design 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 problem that porcelain industry had, was the shine on the tile.
High Gloss finish of glazed tiles never looked as attractive as the real marble’s polish finished.
When they polished the porcelain, porcelain became more porous than marble.
With Nano Technology, factories are now able to fill microscopic holes caused by polishing before firing.
Today a good tile should come with polished finish rather than high gloss.
The tile should be as flat as possible.
Tiles are backed products. They all come out of an oven. So they all bow. How much they bow is what makes their quality as their flatness has a direct effect on the size of grout joins more than rectified edges.
When you look at a tile from the side, you will see they are all in same thickness. However, when you turn the back of the tile, you will notice a sort of fish net pattern. Then when you touch it, you will feel that 1/16” of the body is actually missing.
Using 1/16” less clay has an important effect on 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.