Tile and marble – A complete guide to make a right choice

“Tile and marble ” are the most debated flooring materials that come into the picture while finalizing the interiors. Replacement of most interior material is easy, fast, and economical. However, replacing flooring material is a costly and tedious affair. Hence choose a durable and low-maintenance flooring material that could match the interior themes.

Tile and marble have their own merits and demerits. Both are excellent and durable flooring materials with hundreds of choices in shades, colors, and textures, etc. In this article we bring you a detailed comparison of tile and marble. This will help you to make the right choice and choose a flooring option that suits your requirements and budget.

Tile and marble- Why a comparison is required?

Marble and tiles got excellent and unique qualities as a flooring material. However, both these products are suitable for usage in some situations and unsuitable for others. For choosing the best material, we should know about the differences between marble and tiles. The differences between these products are classified based on various parameters is described in this article.

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Tile and Marble – Composition


Marble is a natural stone formed by the metamorphic crystallization of limestones. This metamorphic process involving high pressure and heat converts the limestone to calcite crystals having a range of colors, swirls, and veins.

Marble flooring
Marble flooring


Tiles are artificial flooring products manufactured from natural clay or clay mixed with quartz, silica, etc., and fired at high temperatures.

Tile and Marble – Availability, classification & looks

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Marble is a natural material and is available in a wide variety of shades and colors with swirls and veins.Tile are manmade materials with digitally printed designs, shades
colors, textures, etc.
The natural feel of marble is unmatchable. Every piece is different from another. There may be wide differences between different lots of the same stone.The appearance and color of tiles are factory-controlled. Tiles have only marginal variation between batches.
Shades and textures vary between batches. Purchasing the same marble after some years is difficult due to the non availability of stones.Tiles are readily available in all most all places.

Tile and Marble – Porosity

Marble is semitransparent and possesses a high level of porosity. They tend to stain after absorbing the liquids falling over them. The marble is mirror polished to reduce the porosity and absorption rate and is not preferred for wet areas like the kitchen, toilets, due to high porosity issues.

Tiles have relatively low porosity and low water absorption. They are perfect for high moisture areas like bathrooms and kitchens.

Tile flooring
Tile flooring

Environmental Friendly

Marble is a natural material but it is not an eco-friendly option. They are non-renewable resources and the extraction process is energy consuming and environmentally hazardous.
Tiles, on the other hand, are better than marble and the manufacturing process is also ecofriendly.


Marble is costlier than tiles. Some varieties of marble-like Italian marble are expensive. Tile on the other hand is an economical and affordable product where the price ranges from Rs.40/- per sqft to Rs.70/- sqft and more. Marble is a expensive flooring material whereas tiles are affordable products.

Tile and marble – Wastages

Marble tends to crack during transporting and laying. Moreover, marble is available as slabs and cut to rectangular pieces before use. This creates a huge amount of wastage which in turn increases the laid cost of marble. Tiles normally have less wastage of around 3-5% whereas marble tends to generate a wastage of around 15% to 20%.

Ease of handling and workmanship

Marble is much heavier than tiles and comes in 16-20 mm thickness whereas tiles are available around 8-10 mm thickness. Marble increases the dead load of the structure which in turn increases the design parameters. Moreover carrying and lifting marble is not easy whereas tiles can be easily carried and lifted with much ease.

Marble needs a super-skilled workman for cutting and laying it, whereas fixing tiles is very easy and fast. Tiles do not need any super-skilled workman. Marble needs grinding and polishing which very time-consuming whereas tile can be laid fast. Only joint grouting is required before handover.

italian marble
italian marble


Both marble and tile are excellent building materials. But the beauty and classic feel of marble can never be matched. Marble is a costly and luxurious finish material that is slowly moving out of the affordable material category. Tiles in turn are less expensive, easily available, got a vast variety of shades and textures, can be done very fast. Tiles are available for any traffic and abrasion levels and can match any architectural concept and theme.


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