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Question DetailsAsked on 1/31/2014

tiles vs marbelite in the bathroom

What is better in the bathroom, tiles or marbelite?

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I am assuming you meant Marbelite synthetic or cultured stone, which is actually a resin synthetic countertop material, not the pourable Marbelite grout that is used to make fake stone surfaces around pools and such. The pourable Marbelite is basically a cement mortar, so will stain and need sealing just like grout - except over the entire surface, rather than just at the joints. I can't see using it in a bathroom - it is usually used for pool areas and changing room floors, as far as I have heard. It definitely does not have a hard, glossy, dirt or stain resistant surface like you want in a bathroom.

If you meant the synthetic countertop material, then easier to clean than tile, and more resistant to staining than tile grout (though less than tile itself), and no grout lines to accumulate dirt. Is softer and less dent resistant and much less resistant to heat, but that is a kitchen consideration, not a bathroom one as far as I can see. I first used this product when they started casting countertops init - probably about 40 years ago, when it started out as a pure resin product, before they started adding stone chips to it. It is basically a cheaper version of Corian. Personally I like it, but then I am not a believer in sinking your life savings into a true granite countertop when a laminate or synthetic looks almost as good, is easier to keep clean, and you do not have to worry every second about chipping it, though you do have to worry about slicing it with knives and putting hot pans on it.

Generally going to be quite a bit cheaper than tile, because basic material is cheaper or not more than same cost (unless you get it real gold flecked or something like that), and labor is minimal because it goes in as a slab rather than individual pieces, and preparation of the surface (cabinet top) is almost zero. The biggest advantage, with the countertops or sheet surround products, is you get rid of the grout joints that have to be cleaned and sealed.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


Thank you. It is Marbelite synthetic for inside walls ( for shower and bath tub) and Countertop. It looks like the contractors are favoring Tiles. I am not sure why (?less money for them). I am looking at something that is low maintenance/mold-mildew free, reasonable price ( I am not looking at something cheap), durable and decent look. I would appreciate your response.

Answered 6 years ago by Guest_98960253


Bear in mind, if you talk about Marbelite, that is a brandname, which might not be familiar to all contractors. Synthetic marble or synthetic stone surrounds and coutnertops would be the generic name.

This is a decision only you can make - some people love synthetics and some think it makes their bathrooms look like a motel room. Personally, I like them for baths - I recommend that anyone considering tile think of the maintenance and accept that their cleaning effort is going to be 2-3 times as much on tile, and grout joints are going to have to be seriously cleaned at least yearly, and touchups of popouts and sealing at least every few years - preferably by the owner every time one is noticed, then immediately sealed as soon as set. And this is coming from the son of a ceramic tile contractor, who one would think would push tile. To me, tile is rarely the most durable or maintenance free surface - it is what I call an architect's product - looks pretty but is not practical.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


Thank you. I did check out some displays and samples on Marblelite and there are some options on different color and and they do look very nice. I have to decide now between "practical use" vs "Looks". Any effect on resale value of the house?

Answered 6 years ago by Guest_98960253

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