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Old 05-16-2010, 09:24 AM   #1
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Carerra Marble Look Alike in Porcelain

Does anyone know of a porcelain tile that looks like Carerra Marble? We want the look of marble, but not the maintenance.

I am in Portland, OR.

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Old 05-16-2010, 09:52 AM   #2
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American Olean makes a tile that is similar to the white carerra. The series is Hennasy (sp) Place and the actual part is HP92 I believe. Also, this same line is available from Daltile too. It does have a different name and I can not remember what it is called. I do know one of the colors in the Daltile series is called Adrianne Cream. Then again, that might be the series name, but it is not showing in my 2010 price list. So more than likely it is a a color of one of the tiles in the series.
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This is a bath I did last winter with the closest porcelain look a like to Carrara I have seen. It's a 12 x 12 from Daltile. I don't remember the name off hand but I'll look in the customers file and send you a PM. It was about 2.50-3 per foot I think.
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Mark, that looks similar to what we used. Our tile was a 24x24. Here are a couple of pics I took during the install. Sorry the pics are a little out of focus.
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Old 05-16-2010, 02:00 PM   #5
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Greg, I'll bet it's the same stuff. It was actually very nice to cut and work with.
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Old 05-16-2010, 02:07 PM   #6
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try the Daltile Carrera Star NV01
closest thing I have seen to real Carrera

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Old 05-16-2010, 02:09 PM   #7
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I know that the series is available from both Daltile and AO, since they are the same company. Was your bull nose pieces like 3 1/2" or 4" wide? We did a shower a few years back using the stone the looks like creama marfil. The field tile and bull nose was the porcelain and the chair rails, liners, and mosaic floor was real marble. Could not tell the difference between the two. The tile that I have used have been wonderful to work with. I also want to mention this tile is a rectified series and can be run with a super tight joint.
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That's it Brian...I just looked up the name of the stuff I used and it was the Carrera Star NV01.
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sweet stuff too.

even though I like real Carrera better.
looks more natural and isn't as light of veining.

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The tile Greg speaks of is the same stuff a customer of mine found at Lowes about a couple months ago. It's spelled: "Hennessey Place". Didn't end up using it for other reasons, but it was a nice looking tile. The color we were considering was Crema, not the Carrara look-a-like, so you'd have to judge the color for yourself.

Here's a link to American Olean for that series.

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The funny thing is that the bathroom pics show the tile with the carerra look. Builder came in and it was the wrong tile. Sure enough, HO had a sample of the Crema color but had the Carerra part number. We got to install that bathroom twice. At least I had an idea on the layout the second time.
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There was some at Coverings that looked and felt identical. There was some Calcutta Gold tile (my personal favorite) that was out of this world in terms of how it compared to the real thing. They had it polished and honed finish (honed also being my personal favorite).
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Arizona Tiles Sculptor Series is one I have used. Very nice material to work with, and looks great installed.
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Cutting Porcelain Carerra Marble look-like

This post made me think twice about real Carerra border. It sounds like we might ruin marble on the floor and I'd rather have peace of mind and not worry about what they might spill on it and what I can clean the toilet with. Toilet cleaner is a caustic, and toilets need caustics IMO.

I had considered using Carerra Marble in 3x6 due to the white 8x8 porcelain I had planned to cut into 4x8's having a red interior. Dangit! Now I need a project to use those 8x8 white tiles on...

The Daltile look-alike sounds like a decent plan. Problem is, they don't make these in small. 12x12 or 18x18 are my choices according to the Daltile website.

If I cut these, will I have the same problem as with the white 8x8's (red interior)?

(I debated putting this in my project thread, yet after thinking long and hard, the question seems better suited to this thread or a new post so I chose the old thread to keep all the good info about the porcelain options together. Seemed logical to me and apologies to all if I should have posted elsewhere)
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The body is not red, it's really light tan, almost a whitish color. The stuff cuts extremely clean and nice and you can hone the edge easily. It's a good tile.
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