Marble or Porcelain tile for main foyer?


Old 11-10-06, 09:12 PM
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Marble or Porcelain tile for main foyer?

Our main foyer has a lot of cracked tiles and we are having the subfloor repaired.

Should we put marble, shiny porcelain, or some other type of tile?

The look of the tile is very important since it is in the main foyer (1st thing you see when you walk in the front door), but I would imagine that you need a durable tile since it's a high traffic area.

Will marble still crack if the subfloor is fixed? I'd hate to go through this process again.

Any suggestions on where to get tile (both store and internet) would be appreciated!
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Old 11-10-06, 10:55 PM
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The most common cause of cracked tile is faulty installation. Other things can cause it. but that's the most common. The first step is to determine the cause. Fix that and you can put down what ever you want. Is the sub-floor wood? If so, was a concrete board used over the sub-floor and under the tile? If so, was the concrete board bedded properly with thin-set? If so, were the tiles properly bedded with thin-set? If the answers to all these questions is "yes", then check the construction of the floor itself and make sure it's strong enough to support the tile without flexing. Tile is not flex friendly and any flex in the floor will result in cracked tiles, grout cracking and coming out, and tiles popping loose. Tile applied directly to wood will do the same thing. Tile and wood have dramatically different expansion and contraction rates and will not remain glued together over the long haul.

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