Cultured Marble Tile May Be an Affordable Option

Cultured marble tile does not have to be wildly expensive. It’s origin and how much is needed determine the price.

“If you’ve got the home renovation itch, and lots of people do at this time of the year, you might be thinking ‘marble’ would be a nice touch for your home. Nice choice and honestly, you can get it for a reasonable price if you look in the right places,” added Dean Dupre who runs Champion Tile, a Clearwater Flooring, Tampa Flooring, and tile installation company.

“Marble tiles are traditionally used in bathrooms, hallways and kitchens, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative and use it somewhere else. It’s really up to you to decide. Just do your homework first and ask a tile installation company about the pros and cons of what project you happen to have in mind,” suggested Dupre.

If budget is a concern, this news will come as a pleasant surprise; some marble is actually reasonably priced. The trick here is to figure out how much is needed for any given area and then find out where the marble came from. Those two factors generally determine the market price for cultured marble tiles.

“Once you know the prices, start asking yourself some other questions to find out if marble tiles are for ‘your’ lifestyle or not. Care of marble is very important because you want to keep it looking terrific for many years. Think about the resale value of your home down the road. Marble tile is often polished and sealed, so you don’t have to hand wax the floor. In fact, don’t even go there with wax on marble, because if it’s not done the right way, you get that horrid yellow cast to the floor,” he said.

Keep in mind that marble is porous and if something is spilled on the floor, it can definitely stain. “This means instant clean up – something that may not be possible if you have animals that aren’t potty trained or throw up or kids that have a proclivity to drop liquids,” Dupre commented. Usually, the way to clean marble floors is to use the recommended cleaning products and follow the instructions.

“If installing cultured marble tile is something that you think may be a do-it-yourself project, you might want to rethink that. It’s tedious and fiddly work because the bed for the floor must be precise; a measure to prevent the floor from being damaged later. This doesn’t mean you can’t ‘go for it,’ but there are certain things you really need to know before trying a marble tile installation on your own,” suggested Dupre.

The best priced option for those on a budget is cultured marble because it is made with binding agents and marble dust. It’s a nice way to spiff up the bathroom vanity and bathtub. The other major advantage with cultured marble is that it is much easier to care for than real marble.

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