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Question re: tile

cargoeFebruary 25, 2013
Recently had marble calacatta tile installed in tub surround. Over half of the tiles have pockmarks on them (see pics). Is this normal? Sample tiles did not have. Thanks!
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No these look like seconds or damaged tile.
    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 8:01PM
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Mega Builders
Lower price material is often 'filled' and buffed.
The filling tends to fall off.
There are materials you can use to refill the pockmarks, but none are too great and buffing would be required after.
To slow this process, use a quality sealer and re apply annually.
    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 8:32PM
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over half is totally unacceptable the odd one maybe did you buy them at a discount store
    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 8:45PM
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Am having 2 bathrooms redone by contractor. Tiles came from high end store - paid $17.69/sq ft. The tile guy (sub) keeps claiming that 'that is the way marble is' however I think maybe I can insist that it be redone. Was trying to get some input from some people who know more about marble tile and what it should look like than I do!.
    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 1:45PM
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marble is also very pourous but these look like seconds to me and not new Calcutta marble
    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 1:49PM
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Unfinished marble might have crevices but this is not used in bathrooms for obvious reasons. Calcutta is a more expensive option than Carrera and I have never seen this in either. I have a honed,Carrera subway tile backsplash in my kitchen and it has no chips like what you have shown. I also have honed Calcutta counter tops in my bathrooms and they have none of those flaws either. I would go to another marble dealer in town and just tell him you were thinking of putting this in your bathroom but saw a "friend 's " installation and it had all these defects and see what he has to say. I think they are trying to pass off seconds or marble from China....
    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 1:58PM
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Bilgart Design
This is not acceptable for either polished or honed marble "tiles".
    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 2:10PM
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Danielle B
If you bought the tiles from a high end store, and paid high end price, you should expect high end service! If you weren't warned in advance of possible defects, you should definitely demand that the tiles be changed.
    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 2:20PM
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