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Benefits of Using 2mm Thick Marble Shower Panels Instead of Tiles

December 27, 2021 3 Comments

If you have never gone through a renovation process, you are certainly in for a treat. And it's not that good kind of treat.  There are a million decisions to make and also a million things that could go wrong.  A big part comes to the team you are working with. Don't assume everyone will be on the same page or produce the results you have in mind. The cost seems to always be over budget, so make sure to factor in a good cushion.
I know this may seem like a daunting experience, but it doesn't have to be especially for a bathroom renovation.  This space needs to be functional, clean, serene with a bit of luxe.  
Don't bother with the endless piles and options of tiles your contractor will show you. Make it simple, and just choose a color you like with one piece from the large format tiles collection. It's clean, it's luxurious looking and much easier to maintain.
Try to avoid the small tiles and grout lines. It's tedious work, which means you're going to be charged for all the work involved. It's an outdated design and most importantly, it gets dirty really easily.  You don't want bacteria and dirt building up on those lines and having to scrub it every week.  
grout line
The benefit of large shower panels instead of tiles are:
  1. 100% waterproof
  2. Low maintenance. It's easy to clean, no grout, no hassle!
  3. There is almost no risk of mold to grow.
  4. Quick and easy to install (Which also means you save money)
  5. The thin panel marble slabs can go over existing walls. (Save money on demolition work and clean up)
  6. If you choose MIKOLITE natural marble slabs, it's not only luxurious natural marble but it is also more eco friendly than traditional slabs. 
  7. Maintenance is easy. All you have to do is wipe & clean. That's it. 

There are so many thoughts put into a bathroom renovation.  But now, all you have to think about is what natural stone look do you like? Choose that and your walls are out of the way. 

Fast & Easy Installation

What is the difference with MIKOLITE marble slabs and marble slabs at a warehouse? The traditional marble slabs you see are 2cm thick (20mm).  Mikolite marble slabs is 2mm thick.  

Not much is different, they are both beautiful natural stone slabs. The main difference is that MIKOLITE slabs are thinner, lighter and stronger.  Therefore much easier to work with and to install.  Many think that just because it's thinner and that it's marble, it should be fragile. Well technology has taken us a long ways since the pyramids have been built.  If glass can be bulletproof, why can't marble be strong enough at 2mm thick?

Normally to install a marble shower wall, you would first need to tear down the existing wall to fit in a 2cm thick marble panel. After you tear down the wall, it takes time to clean all that mess up and dump it somewhere.  And because of how the marble is traditionally processed, the marble is rarely strong enough to be installed as a large piece unless you have a really professional team. (Also means you will be charged handsomely for it 😉 )  So, the marble gets cut into tile sizes.  The method to install stone tiles will require your design to have grout lines, which is another headache down the line in terms of maintenance if you don't mind the look. 

With MIKOLITE thin marble slabs, you can have a newly renovated shower wall in 24 hours. Your contractor won't need to waste time grouting each piece of tile and waiting for it to dry. These thin marble panels can be fitted directly on top of existing walls at lightning speed. 

Why We Are Against Grout

From a design standpoint, it's a bit outdated. Right now the interior design trend is large and cleaner pieces.  And from a practicality standpoint, tile grout is one of the most targeted areas for mould especially in bathrooms. The perfect mix of condensation and moisture in bathrooms provide the best breeding grounds for mould to take foot. 

Shower Tiles

(Before using large panel slabs)

Once piece shower panels are easier to clean

If your shower walls were singular pieces, all you need to do is wipe the walls to clean.  There wouldn't be grout areas that you would need to scrub to keep the mould from growing.  

Since MIKOLITE panels are cut from natural stones. All you need is a sponge, some regular soap, warm water and just wipe.

    Is it REAL Marble?

    thin marble slab

    Yes! 100% natural stone! People often question whether or not it is real marble, and how it can be so thin or bend the way it does.  The answer is quite simple! We use newer machine and better resin!

    We been processing stone slabs the same way more or less the past 50 years.  All we needed to do was change it up a little bit.

    Normally how stone slabs are processed is through a machine called a gangsaw. A large natural stone block is put in place, and multiple rough blades cut through the stone cube into slabs which is generally 2cm.  Stone companies have been able to adjust these blades to cut slabs into 1.3 ~ 1.6cm thick slabs. But because the vibration of this machine and the use of blades are so rough, any thinner, the stone would crumble.

    The simple solution was to customize better machines and stone blades to process ultra thin marble slabs. 

    How would you cut really thin slices of meat? I would imagine if you took a saw to cut thin meat, it would come out a mess. But if you had an extremely sharp knife, you would have beautifully thin sliced meat for your sandwich. 



    3 Responses

    Reno Bathroom Remodel
    Reno Bathroom Remodel

    April 05, 2023

    Great post! Using 2mm thick marble shower panels instead of tiles can offer several benefits. These panels are lightweight, easy to install, and require less maintenance than traditional tiles. They also offer a seamless and sleek appearance that can enhance the overall look and feel of a bathroom. Additionally, marble shower panels are typically more affordable than traditional marble tiles and can be a cost-effective alternative for those looking to achieve a high-end look on a budget. However, it is important to consider the durability and longevity of these panels, as they may not be as resistant to wear and tear as traditional tiles. Ultimately, the decision to use 2mm thick marble shower panels over tiles should be based on personal preferences and the specific needs of the bathroom.


    March 19, 2023

    Can I buy 2mm thin marble in South Africa?

    Ellen slosman
    Ellen slosman

    June 01, 2022

    Where do I find a dealer near asheville nc

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