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Marble-Look Flooring

If you're looking for an alternative material to marble but want to keep the same aesthetic, marble-look flooring is an excellent choice.

3 min read
Published on June 09, 2022

Marble flooring creates a stylish and classic finish in any space. If you're looking for an alternative material to marble but want to keep the same aesthetic, marble-look flooring is an excellent choice. Marble-look flooring can help you create the same luxurious and simple style for your home while keeping it within your budget. It's an elegant solution that allows you to express your desired style.

What complements the refined appearance of marble-look flooring is its wear resistance. Laminate or porcelain tiles, of which the flooring is composed, are famous for their versatility and ability to withstand day-to-day stresses. Both materials work well within various spaces and have the added benefit of being easier to install than actual marble.

Avella Ultra 12 in. x 24 in. Costa Bella Marble Porcelain Tile
Avella Ultra
12 in. x 24 in. Costa Bella Marble Porcelain Tile

 

Choosing Your Marble-Look Flooring Color and Style

Marble-look flooring comes in two different styles and several colors with varying benefits for each material and color. We currently offer our marble-look flooring in white/gray or black. You can use our alternative materials for marble flooring to create different visual effects, depending on what you're hoping to create in your home renovation.

Marble-Look Flooring Colors

White/gray marble is what comes to mind for most people when they think of marble flooring. Lighter flooring colors, in general, are an excellent way to create an open and inviting space. This shade of marble flooring is more reminiscent of a classical look. Darker shades of marble are equally beautiful and can transform your rooms into stunning modern areas.

Marble-Look Flooring Styles

One of our marble-look flooring styles is in plank form, where the outlines of the tiles are visible. Costa Bella Marble Porcelain Tile is an excellent example of this effect. The outlines between the porcelain tiles create a distinctive look. This type of plank is a great option if you want to increase interest and show off the different patterns in your marble-look flooring. You can arrange the tiles to create a unique appearance and avoid repeating patterns, creating visual differentiation similar to what you would notice in natural marble. You also have the opportunity to select a grout that can either accentuate the tile outlines or blend in with them. If you're searching for a more seamless look, you might choose marble-look flooring in a style that blends the edges of the tiles together. Laminate or vinyl flooring helps achieve this look through locking together, therefore creating a more cohesive appearance. AquaSeal does a great job of exemplifying this with its Marble 24 Hour Water-Resistant Laminate Flooring.

Marble-Look Flooring Installation

Marble-look flooring is much simpler to install than natural marble. You'll follow different steps depending on the flooring material you choose. Porcelain tile flooring will usually require a little more finesse on your part but it's still DIY-friendly. However, if you are new to flooring, we recommend hiring an expert to ensure that your floors look the way you want.

Laminate and vinyl are wonderful materials for beginners to use in their projects because of their relatively simple installation. We have more detailed explanations on how to install each of these floorings, but here is a quick rundown to help you get started:

Porcelain Tile: If you decide to use porcelain tile and want to do the installation yourself, we recommend looking into how to prepare your subfloor before you begin the project. Knowing the type of subfloor you're dealing with before starting is important because it will determine whether your flooring supports tile installation. Tile flooring requires grout to fill the joints. Be sure to research different types of grout to select the best one for your project. Some grouts are better suited for certain materials than others. Make time to layout your tiles before installing them to ensure you have enough material and space. You may need to cut some of your porcelain tiles to fit your floor space.

Laminate Flooring: Laminate flooring is, in general, a more DIY-friendly material. However, like porcelain tile, you'll want to begin by preparing your subfloor for laminate installation. We recommend installing underlayment to ensure that your flooring lasts as long as possible. If you're not sure what underlayment is, take some time to research it before beginning your project. For installations over concrete, always lay a moisture barrier like a 6 mil poly. Lay out your laminate flooring before installing and adjust the tiles as necessary. Adjusting can mean cutting your laminate tiles to fit better into specific spaces or cutting the bottom of door jams to create room for a laminate tile to fit underneath. Vinyl Flooring: The subfloor is an essential part of vinyl flooring installation. Prepare it prior to installation so that your flooring will rest neatly.

Vinyl flooring is relatively simple to install and perhaps the most beginner-friendly flooring material. The three primary methods for installation are GripStrip, click-lock, and glue down. Which method you use will depend on the particular vinyl tile you choose. Vinyl flooring is very stable but may still need to acclimate before you can install it.

Marble-look flooring is a great way to elevate your home's aesthetic appeal. We hope this helps answer any questions you might have had, and encourage you to browse our flooring collection to find the right marble-look flooring for your home.