Artea Stone by Marazzi has been around for a very long time and with good reason.
It’s a glazed porcelain tile simulating weathered natural stone which is in consistent high demand.
Available in four different colors and coordinating trim, it’s also highly popular due to it’s excellent pricing.
I have worked with this particular tile a lot since 2005 so I hope to share a few things about it that will help you decide if this tile is for you or not.
But first, I’ve done some homework for you and put together this comparison chart so you can get an idea of the best place to get it online.
I’ve found these stores to be the most reputable and easiest to work with online when it comes Artea Stone. They are legitimate operations with employees, warehouses and staff on hand to assist you.
Yes, you may pay a few cents extra for that but who cares when your other option is some unknown person with no warehouse offering you “too good to be true” prices.
Marazzi Artea Stone Simplified – A Buyer’s Guide
*This product is ideal for homeowners looking for a tile that’s resilient, looks great and is affordable.
Available Colors: Antico, Avorio, Cappuccino, Noce.
Available Sizes: 20×20, 13×13, 6.5×13, 6.5×6.5 & 3×13 bullnose
I have personally put this tile in many different areas of client homes ranging from the bathroom, shower, kitchen floor and backsplashes, laundry and fireplace.
Glazed porcelain tile like this one have an impervious glaze on the face combined with an equally impervious body meaning the tile doesn’t absorb anything.
This means it is extremely resilient, frost resistant, waterproof, very difficult to stain and damage once installed. I am not referring to cracking or breaking during the transportation or installation process, I’m talking about once it is installed, it’s going to take a lot to damage it.
I frequently take a screwdriver to the tile and run it violently across it as sparks literally fly to demonstrate to a client it’s resilience whenever they ask me “will it scratch?”
Do not worry for a second or wonder if it will hold up to furniture, pets, kids and lots of guests – it will.
In fact, it is equally suitable for heavy commercial traffic as it is for residential.
This picture shows a client’s home with this tile installed throughout the kitchen and breakfast nook areas. Notice how simply installing it on a diagonal draws your eyes to the two widest points on the tile giving a wider appearance which is perfect for smaller areas.
One distinguishing advantage of this tile aside from it’s popular weathered, stone appearance is the versatility you get with multiple sizes it comes in: 6.5 x 6.5, 6.5 x 13, 13 x 13 and 20 x 20. It also comes in a 3 x 13 coordinating bullnose which is very important when finishing out showers and wall areas in the bathroom needing a finished edge.
I have used this range in bathrooms for example where I put the 20 x 20 size on the floor on a diagonal (less grout lines, less maintenance and opens up the space), the 13 x 13’s or 6.5 x 13’s on the walls and the smaller 6.5 x 6.5 on the tub surround and face. You can mix and match as you like depending on your personal preferences.
Marazzi have their own pattern brochure you can reference for ideas and help in figuring out what type of pattern you like.
The finish on this tile is a low satin sheen so although it is not shiny, it does have a very slight glaze that gives it a slight glimmer.
Overall Thoughts On This Collection
I’ve personally had a long history with this tile and recommend it for its versatility, natural stone look and affordability.
My own clients have also given very positive feedback on it as have independent online reviewers.
It holds up exceptionally well and comes in four very neutral colors that work with just about any decor.
Because of it’s glazed properties, it can be installed on floors, showers, walls, patios, backsplashes and anywhere else you see fit.
You can also mix and match it with other materials like marble, pencil rails and other trim to get a more custom look and since it’s coloring is so natural, it works very well with them.
Here’s a picture of a shower I did using Avorio mixed with marble inserts and travertine pencil rails.
I also changed the pattern of the tile between the bottom and top halves just for a little extra visual touch.
Maintenance on this tile is very simple since nothing can really hurt it.
Some folks ask about the pits and grooves in the tile and if they will collect dirt or not.
If you’re wondering if the floor will ever get dust settle on it then absolutely it will as will any floor but will it stain or absorb the dust in any way, discoloring the tile?
Things To Look Out For
As always, find an experienced installer if you don’t know what you’re doing yourself.
Some folks online complained the sizing wasn’t exact between all of their tiles.
The thing is, this is actually pretty standard in the tile industry since no two lots are going to be identical so these marginal differences are to be expected.
There will also be slightly different shading between runs so purchase more than enough for your project so any future repairs will all be from the same shade.
The other thing is if you are going to mix and match with natural stone like marble or travertine or combine with pencil rails for a pattern like the shower above, then just double check to make sure the tile is the same or similar thickness. Otherwise you will need to inform your installer to use additional thinset to make it level.
If you ignore this, then you will get minor differences in the evenness of the tile where the tile and natural stone transition.
As you know, prices constantly change but what I did to make it a little easier for you, is I went through the major online retailers to give you a good idea of what each can offer and their pricing rates (compared to mine since I get it directly from Marazzi as a contractor).
Please factor in any local taxes as this varies between states.
There are four more factors I have to draw to your attention:
If you are installing over concrete, ensure the foundation of the house is relatively stable because any settling or movement may cause the tiles to crack. This is quite common in Texas but I just thought to draw your attention to it in case it happens. If it does, this has nothing to do with the quality of the tile since a big enough crack under a tile will in turn crack any tile.
2. Walls & Showers
Be sure any wall or shower installations are done over concrete sheets (hardibacker, hardiboard, wonderboard, etc) as this provides the correct structure and support for a porcelain tile. Check with your contractor to ensure they install it over a concrete slab or a concrete sheet and never just sheetrock or plywood.
3. Additional Costs
A few other costs to be aware of aside from your contractor’s labor costs: grout, hardiboard, thinset, etc. (which can all be purchased at these online stores). Buy sanded grout for this tile and grout lines can range from 1/4″ to 3/16th’s.
4. Private Labelling
The retailers reviewed showcase this product by its original name and so I could not find any case of them private labeling it. Keep in mind stores like Home Depot whose policy is “if you find it at a competitor for less, we will beat it by 10%” only applies to offline offers but even so, their pricing on this product was very good.
One advantage of buying from Home Depot though is you can pick it up from your local store at no additional charge or have your contractor pick it up before the job starts.
Artea Stone is an excellent glazed porcelain tile that can be used in a wide array of residential applications. Apart from the occasional shade lot differences between orders, there really isn’t much not to like about this tile and coordinating trim pieces.
It comes in many sizes to give you the flexibility to customize your floor, shower, backsplash and any other area in your home.
It’s tough enough to resist water, stains, foot traffic, sunlight and even chemicals but brings soft color to the space without being overwhelming.
I personally find it hard to go wrong with this line providing you like the overall look because it’s color range is very versatile in that it will look great with just about any decor.
The Noce and Cappuccino colors are warmer and do well in any area you wish to make cosier while Avorio and Antico are creamish and white respectively; and should be used where you wish to visually brighten/open an area up.
Shop the four main stores below and see what works best for you.
Thanks for stopping by and I really hope this review of Marazzi Artea Stone has been of help to you.