Marble Effect Floor Tiles

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With the largest selection of marble effect floor tiles in the UK it is easy to see why we are so popular! Our large collection includes both ceramic and porcelain marble effect tiles, an array of designs, colours, sizes and finishes!

Marble has been used for centuries and is still the favoured material for any grand home or building. Marble offers a sense of luxury and exclusivity! It's grand, compelling and elaborate!

When designing your home, you would naturally want to furnish it in the best way possible, having it give off an elegant yet beautiful look. However, people are often swayed by the luxurious aura surrounding natural marble tiles. This leads to them overlooking a more practical approach that would make their home look exactly like their dream home, but at a significantly lower price in terms of money and effort, marble effect floor tiles are that magical yet practical alternative.


Above: Marble Effect White Hexagon Tiles

Why do natural marble floor tiles pale in comparison to marble effect floor tiles?

When formulating a comparison of the two kinds of tiles, it's very important to look at them from the eyes of a person designing his/her home or office or any structure for that matter. From the monetary cost associated with both kinds of tiles, to their characteristics and how much they compliment a structure, all aspects are to be considered.

Cost Comparison (Installation and Material)

Although the cost of marble tiles and marble effect floor tiles varies according to the type of tile, you want to install a ranged cost can be calculated. Marble tiles inclusive of installation costs typically cost around £45 -£120 pounds per m2; marble like Calacatta and Statuario being more expensive than others.

On the contrary, porcelain or ceramic marble effect floor tiles cost around £30 -£59 pounds per m2. This means that with regards to the monetary cost, marble effect floor tiles win out from marble tiles. In addition to this, labour cost's for installing these tiles is a factor one has to consider as well.

Since marble is a natural stone, it is much heavier and thicker than porcelain or ceramic, this means that every tile has to be cut using a wet tile cutter and requires sealing before installation and after. This drastically adds to the cost of having a marble tile. Currently the cost to install marble is £40-£60 per m2 where as a porcelain or ceramic tile is between £20 and £30 per m2.

Hidden Costs (Maintenance and Durability)

The initial material and installation cost, although leaning into the favour of marble effect floor tilesmay be overlooked due to its variability. The maintainability and durability of the tiles installed in your home, however, have a much more long-lasting impact on your overall household maintainability.


Marble being a natural stone is much more porous than porcelain, which marble effect floor tiles are made of. This means that it has small holes inside it, which can soak up stains and even trap acidic liquids. In order to prevent permanent staining, one would be required to use a surface sealant to reseal the marble every six to twelve months after installation. If, for instance, marble is installed in the kitchen, it will be more susceptible to liquid staining and would have to be resealed regularly.

In certain cases, specialised cleaning products may also be required to clean marble. On the flipside, however, marble effect floor tiles are made from porcelain, which is manufactured from clay. This means that porcelain is a very hard and durable material. Due to its non-porous nature, marble effect floor tiles do not absorb moisture nor stain like marble tiles. This difference in requirements in regards to maintenance makes a huge impact in the long term.

Marble tiles would require you to spend on surface sealant and specialised cleaning products alongside the time and effort you would have to put into actually cleaning it. Since marble effect floor tiles are moisture and stain resistant to a large extent, they reduce the monetary cost as well as the general opportunity cost with regards to time spent cleaning and maintaining.

Durability of marble effect tiles

With regards to durability, although both marble tiles and marble effect floor tiles are hard, marble's durability is hinged to its maintenance to a large extent, and is also generally less in comparison. Marble is a material that is easily scratched regardless of the quality of the marble. It can be scratched by something as essential for cleaning as vacuums. This makes marble not only harder to clean but also less durable in the long run. This is because if the marble is scratched, it's very likely that one would want to have it changed, which would add to your costs.

Moreover, marble, although a hard material, is easily breakable, for instance if something heavy drops on it. In a place where there is going to be furniture, heavy objects dropping is not an unlikely possibility. Furthermore, marble is susceptible to chips, cracks and breakages, which increases the likely frequency of having marble tiles replaced. As opposed to this, marble effect tiles are made from either ceramic or porcelain, which is one of the most durable materials to use when tiling your floor. Due to its hardness and thickness, marble effect tiles are less likely to break or scratch, increasing their lifetime in comparison. Apart from this, marble effect tiles also resist damage due to acidity and are less likely to fade.


Feasibility set aside; do marble effect floor tiles give off the same look as any other marble tile? Do they allow you to recreate your desired marble tile design? The answer to both of those questions is yes, they do. marble effect floor tiles come in a large variety of designs. You can choose the desirable marble tile design, and it will look the same as real marble, and with as many variations.

From Park Lane polished too Mayfair polished to Frosted Matt, marble effect tiles can be acquired in all sorts of marble tile designs and textures that will give off the exact same luxurious and elegant aura that real marble will.


Above: Cashmere Marble Effect Floor Tiles

Compatibility with Under Floor Heating

One would think, with all the similarities between a more expensive marble and much cheaper porcelain, that there would be something that marble can do which porcelain can't. This, however, is not one of those things. Marble effect floor tiles, similar to marble tiles, also support under floor heating, which is basically a roll-out mat, set in thin concrete before the installation of the tiles.

Best Use

Contrary to marble being recommended for specific kinds of areas, marble effect floor tiles have similar performance and durability in all areas. For instance, marble is recommended not to be used in humid and moist areas like kitchens and bathrooms etc (without a sealer). On the contrary, marble effect tiles can be used in those areas due to their non-porous, hence impermeable, nature.

How are marble effect tiles designed?

The process by which marble effect floor tiles are designed, and the different methods surrounding it, are distinct from how normal marble is designed. This specific process is what gives marble effect tiles its unique characteristics.

Porcelain Structured Tiles

Porcelain stoneware is a specific type of ceramic tiles. It is obtained by baking a mixture of clay and feldspars in a kiln at temperatures ranging from 1200-1400°C. Marble effect floor tiles are made using this process have an extremely low water absorption rate; the UNI standards defining it as having a coefficient of less than 0.5%. This also results in it having a high degree of bending strength, making it difficult to break. While it's processing porcelain, stoneware goes through a number of surface treatments, which give it the desired appearance. During this process is when porcelain stoneware is given the desired marble tile design.

HD Printing of Ceramic And Porcelain Tiles

In the 21st century, nothing seems out of reach. The introduction of digitally printed ceramic tiles makes one believe that statement even more so. These are produced with advanced digital printing technology that allows for the reproduction of colours, patterns and objects to give off an impression identical to your desired marble tile design, whether it be Herringbone marble or Roma or whether it be a mosaic pattern. Due to the fact that the marble tile design is printed on the marble effect floor tile the variety of designs available increases by a lot.



Above: Polished Kensington Marble Effect Floor Tiles 


In conclusion, it's important to understand that sometimes the most popular and glorified product is not the most useful or practical one. Although marble is considered to be prestigious and a sign of luxury, marble effect tiles perform the same functions even more efficiently. Instead of being swayed by false pretences, try out marble effect tiles yourself!

We believe our customer service is second to none! All of our customer service representatives have at least 5 years of tiling experience between them! This means we do not just offer you the more comprehensive advice on marble effect tiles but, the best materials, application and how to install them!